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New research confirms energy boosting properties of Russian herb Rhodiola

Monday November 13, 2017
New research confirms energy boosting properties of Russian herb Rhodiola

Two new clinical studies published this year have reviewed the benefits of the herb Rhodiola rosea specifically in relation to chronic fatigue and adrenal burnout.

Kasper et al in the Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment Journal explored the clinical outcomes in burnout patients treated with 400mg of Rhodiola rosea over 12 weeks[i].  Results indicated a significant improvement in feelings of emotional exhaustion, fatigue and mood with benefits seen within one week of taking rhodiola which progressed throughout the 12week study.

The second study conducted by Lekomsteva et al reviewed rhodiola supplementation at 400mg for symptoms of chronic fatigue[ii]. The outcome showed significant benefits in mental and physical fatigue as well as feelings of overload, worry and irritability. Again, benefits were noted within the first week of supplementation with rhodiola and continued throughout the eight- week trial. 

Rhodiola, also known as arctic root or golden root is indigenous to the polar arctic regions of eastern Siberia and has enjoyed a long and traditional use in Russia, China and Scandinavia. Rhodiola is now a very popular herb for improving adaptation to stress worldwide.


These studies add to the wealth of research already available on this botanical, particularly in regards to its adaptogenic properties.

Author: Aimée Benbow, BSc (Hons) ANutr. is Head of Technical Services at Viridian Nutrition.


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[i] Kasper S, Dienel A. Multicenter, open-label, exploratory clinical trial with Rhodiola rosea extract in patients suffering from burnout symptoms. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2017 Mar 22;13:889-898. doi: 10.2147/NDT.S120113.
eCollection 2017.

[ii] Lekomtseva Y, Zhukova I, Wacker A. Rhodiola rosea in Subjects with Prolonged or Chronic Fatigue Symptoms: Results of an Open-Label Clinical Trial. Complement Med Res. 2017;24(1):46-52. doi: 10.1159/000457918. Epub 2017 Feb 17.

The information contained in this article is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet.


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