Rhodiola Rosea (Back to Research)

Rhodiola rosea has been categorized as an adaptogen by scientists due to its ability to increase resistance against a variety of chemical, biological and physical stressors and to help the body to recover homeostasis. Rhodiola rosea is also known for it’s ability to fight fatigue and increase energy. Rhodiola also promotes faster adaptation to climatic changes.

Athletes have used Rhodiola to improve increase endurance and improve performance. It is also believed to increase strength and shorten recovery after strenuous and prolonged endurance events and workouts.

Rhodiola also has been shown to reverse the effects of asthenia. It reduces fatigue, labored breathing, rapid heart rate, sluggishness, and excessive sleeping.

 Rhodiola Rosea 

Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 1989 Nov;14(11):687-90, 704. 
Effect of Rhodiola on preventing high altitude reactions. A comparison of cardiopulmonary function in villagers at various altitudes 
Zhang ZH, Feng SH, Hu GD, Cao ZK, Wang LY.
 
Abstract 

 
The highland villagers are subject to abnormalities in their cardiopulmonary function as they move from 2500m altitude to 4475m altitude areas. Rhodiola can efficiently protect the villagers from the above said mountain reaction.

RHODIOLA ROSEA INCREASES VO2MAX AND ENDURANCE PERFORMANCE
 
 

Zhang ZJ, Tong Y, Zou J, Chen PJ, Yu DH. (2009) Dietary supplement with a combination of Rhodiola crenulata and Ginkgo biloba enhances the endurance performance in healthy volunteers. Chin J Integr Med. 15:177-183. 
 
PURPOSE: To determine whether the ingestion of Rhodiola would enhance the endurance performance of healthy volunteers and change relevant hormones in a favorable manner. 
 
 
METHODS: Seventy healthy male volunteers (age ranges from 18 to 22 years old) were randomly assigned to Rhodiola group (n = 35) or placebo group (n = 35) for 7 weeks. Endurance performance (VO2max) was measured at the baseline and the endpoint.  
 
 
RESULTS: Sixty-seven subjects (34 in the Rhodiola group and 33 in the placebo group) completed a 7-week treatment. The Rhodiola group displayed a significantly greater baseline-to endpoint increase in maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) than placebo group in both absolute (P=0.020) and relative values (P=0.023).    

CONCLUSION: Rhodiola supplementation can improve VO2max and endurance performance.