Rhodiola Rosea is a medicinal plant native to the mountains of Siberia, used for millennia for its many benefits. It is a perennial plant that has unique adaptogenic properties. Both for mental and physical health, it is very useful in addition to a sports program.
What is Rhodiola Rosea?
Originally from the mountains of Asia and Europe, the Rhodiola Rosea bears its name in reference to the smell of its root which is reminiscent of the rose. Also known as “golden root”, it is an adaptogenic herb that contains several amino acids responsible for numerous benefits.
For centuries, Rhodiola has been used for physical exertion, concentration and prolonging longevity. In the 20th century, it attracted the attention of scientists and was gradually introduced into laboratories. It is found in the 70s to calm the body in the face of stressful situations, among athletes but also among astronauts.
The two main active ingredients responsible for the benefits of Rhodiola are rosavine and salidroside. Their anti-inflammatory properties allow Rhodiola to confer many benefits on the whole organism.
The benefits of Rhodiola Rosea
The benefits of Rhodiola Rosea are numerous: stress regulation, reduction of symptoms of depression, better concentration, better performance, energy booster...
Stress, anxiety and depression
Rhodiola has been studied for its beneficial effects on resistance to stress. Research suggests that Rhodiola may help reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body. It is therefore useful for sleep disorders. It is used to overcome stressful situations and to regulate mood.
By acting directly on stress, diseases and infections related to the latter can be avoided.
By reducing cortisol levels, Rhodiola can help reduce physical and mental symptoms of stress, such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
One study showed the anti-depressant properties of rhodiola, at doses of 170mg to 340mg twice daily for 6 weeks, in patients with mild to moderate depression. Symptoms of depression and anxiety were reduced following regular intake of Rhodiola.
Rhodiola is also used for its benefits regarding cognitive functions. By increasing the levels of neurotransmitters (dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin), this plant improves memory, concentration and also mood. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help protect brain cells against cell oxidation.
Its effects on stress regulation allow people to improve their concentration during an effort or a stressful situation.
Fertility and hormone regulation
A Russian study showed that supplementation with rhodiola on a group of women aged 25 to 40 allowed them to return to a normal menstrual cycle. In addition, it increased the fertility index in most of them.
In men suffering from sexual dysfunction, rhodiola would help solve problems of impotence and precocity.
Skin and joint health
Rhodiola increases levels of hydroxyproline and hexosamine, two molecules that allow the body to synthesize collagen. This protein provides flexibility and strength to joints, muscles and tendons. This production of collagen helps regenerate cartilage and prevents the appearance of wrinkles on the face.
Among the active principles of rhodiola, we find salidrosides. The latter have therapeutic effects on cardiovascular problems thanks to their action on endothelial function and antioxidant defenses.
For athletic performance
Rhodiola increases resistance to physical exertion. It contributes to good blood circulation and provides energy to muscle cells, which increases endurance, strength and performance during training.
It reduces the onset of fatigue and improves recovery. Indeed, this plant reduces inflammation markers and muscle damage thanks to the antioxidants present. Taking a rhodiola extract one hour before exercise speeds up the post-workout recovery process.
When and how to consume Rhodiola Nutrimuscle?
Rhodiola from Nutrimuscle is intended for athletes looking to improve their performance, optimize their sleep, regulate their stress or even accelerate their recovery. It is also intended for people concerned about their well-being and their quality of life, who wish to benefit from the many benefits of this adaptogenic plant.
Rhodiola can be consumed before a stressful situation, sports training, an exam or during times of fatigue. It is recommended to take one capsule in the morning, accompanied by a glass of water, in order to enjoy its benefits throughout the day. Taking it at night can affect the quality of sleep in some people.
Are there any risks or contraindications?
Rhodiola is not recommended for pregnant women, due to a lack of toxicological data. It should be avoided for people sensitive to peaks of psychic excitement.
There are several suppliers of rhodiola. At Nutrimuscle, we have chosen the patented organic Rhodiola Rhodiolife, because of its many benefits. Rhodiolife has the “sports grade” label, which certifies that the plant has been extracted without doping substances and solvents that are dangerous for the body, while maintaining the quality of its effects.
Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogenic plant that increases physical and mental resistance, and improves cognitive functions. The active principles of Rhodiola, rosavine and salidroside, have anti-inflammatory properties which bring many benefits in the context of sports practice: reduction of fatigue, increase in endurance, sports performance and improvement of recovery. Dietary supplements based on Rhodiola increase physical resistance and protect mental health. They are useful for dealing with a stressful situation, both in everyday life and for sport.