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Rhodiola Extract in Enhancing Your Well-being

A study showed that an extract of Rhodiola rosea enhanced physical fitness, improved neuro-motor test responses, and reduced mental fatigue.

Author:Karan Emery
Reviewer:Stefano Mclaughlin
Jan 19, 2021
Rhodiola is a herb which grows in the cold, mountainous regions of Europe and Asia. Its roots are called adaptogens, which means that it allows the body to adapt to stress when consumed. Rhodiola is also known as the arctic root or golden root, and the scientific name is Rhodiola rosea.
A placebo-controlled, Russian clinical study found that Rhodiola rosea extract enhanced physical fitness, increased neuromotor responses, decreased mental exhaustion, and improved overall well-being in a group of stable international medical students undertaking a stressful evaluation.
The 40 research subjects, all Indian men between the ages of 17 and 19, were randomized to take either placebo or Rhodiola extract at a dosage of 50 mg twice daily. The most important variations between groups were found in physical health, emotional exhaustion, neuromotor and well-being studies; no significant differences were identified in the results of correction tests or tapping speed tests. No adverse events were reported. As the dose of Rhodiola employed in this study was lower than that used in previous studies, the researchers concluded, "...the study drug gave significant results compared to the placebo group but that the dose level probably was suboptimal."
According to the authors, the majority of earlier studies on the anti-fatigue and performance-enhancing effects of Rhodiola utilized single doses more than three times higher than the dose used in their study. When used in psychiatric practice for the treatment of asthenic syndromes (weakness and debility), doses 15 times as high are used for periods of one to two months.
Karan Emery

Karan Emery

Karan Emery, an accomplished researcher and leader in health sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals, brings over two decades of experience to the table. Holding a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Stanford University, Karan's credentials underscore her authority in the field. With a track record of groundbreaking research and numerous peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals, Karan's expertise is widely recognized in the scientific community. Her writing style is characterized by its clarity and meticulous attention to detail, making complex scientific concepts accessible to a broad audience. Apart from her professional endeavors, Karan enjoys cooking, learning about different cultures and languages, watching documentaries, and visiting historical landmarks. Committed to advancing knowledge and improving health outcomes, Karan Emery continues to make significant contributions to the fields of health, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.
Stefano Mclaughlin

Stefano Mclaughlin

Stefano Mclaughlin is a Psychologist focused on mental health, emotional well-being, and healthcare policy. He studied Psychology and Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, gaining a deep understanding of the intersection between mental health and public policy. Stefano's mission is clear: he aims to destigmatize mental health discussions, improve access to mental healthcare, and promote emotional well-being for all. Drawing from personal experiences with anxiety and depression, Stefano shares real stories to make mental health topics more relatable and less intimidating. In addition to his advocacy work, Stefano enjoys delving into books, experimenting in the kitchen, and embarking on new adventures. These hobbies fuel his creativity and inspire fresh perspectives for his advocacy work.
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