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Rhodiola- helping you adapt to life

Thursday February 9, 2017
Rhodiola- helping you adapt to life

Rhodiola Rosea (R.Rosea), also known as ‘The Golden Root’, is a popular herb grown in the mountains of central Asia, North America, and Scandinavia.


Historically, R.Rosea was used in traditional folk medicine, but it has now become an intriguing phenomenon in modern research. Clinical trials have revealed multiple health benefits linked to the herb, including antioxidative, apoptogenic and anti-stress (1). It is for this reason R.Rosea, has become a popular food supplement taken world-wide.


Adaptogens are versatile herbs that respond and adapt to your body’s needs. Exposure to prolonged stressful or depressive life events can often change the way our body behaves, both mentally and physically. R.Rosea works as an adaptogen to strengthen the body and eliminate stress-induced impairments. It enhances physical and mental performance, and provides a healthier internal environment to allow you to strive again (2). 


Clinical trials including patients suffering with moderate-mild depression or anxiety have found symptoms such as, insomnia, emotional instability and distress, significantly improved after taking R.Rosea orally for a month (3) (4). Whilst additional trials observed enhanced cognitive performance, improvement in physical fitness, and reduced fatigue (5) (6).


This unique herb also offers potent antioxidant action, helping alleviate your body from oxidative stress brought on by daily environmental and biological factors (7). Evidence indicates that R.Rosea extract could reverse DNA damage and alter the expression of antioxidant enzymes, leading to improved vitality and reducing risk of cardiovascular and respiratory disease (8). Why not incorporate this versatile, ‘Golden root’ in to your daily diet and see what it can do for you.


Author: Katie Bell, MSc BSc. Katie is a nutritionist and biochemist. She is working as a Technical Service Assistant at Viridian Nutrition.


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3. Clinical trial of Rhodiola rosea L. extract SHR-5 in the treatment of mild to moderate depression. Darbinyan, V, et al. 5, s.l. : Nordic Journal of Psychiatry , 2009, Vol. 61. 343-348.
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5. A randomized double-blind placebo controlled parallell group study of SHR-5 extract of Rhodiola rosea roots as treatment for patients with stress related fatigue. Olsson, EMG, Scheele, B and Panossian, AG. s.l. : Planta Med, 2009, Vol. 75. 105-112.
6. Pharmacokinetics of active constituents of Rhodiola rosea L. special extract SHR-5. In: Compendium of Bioactive Natural Products . Panossian, A, Hovhannisyan, A and Wikman , G. s.l. : Safety & Clinical Evaluation, 2009, Vol. 2. 1-23.
7. Phytoconstituents and antioxidant potency of Rhodiola rosea – A versatile adaptogen. Pooja , A, Khanum, F and Bawa, A. 2, s.l. : Jounral of Food Biochemistry , 2006, Vol. 30.
8. Antioxidative Effects of Rhodiola genus: Phytochemistry and Pharmacological Mechanisms against the Diseases. Li, Y, et al. s.l. : Curr Top Med Chem, 2016, Vol. 16.


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