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Rhodiola for physical and mental fitness

by Josephine Andrews
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Rhodiola is said to help with stress, fatigue and weakness. The medicinal plant is also said to have positive effects on depression and burnout. Read here whether the medicinal plant actually works and what you should consider when using it.

What is Roseroot?

Roseroot (Rhodiola rosea) is a perennial, water-storing (succulent) plant of the succulent family (Crassulaceae). It is native to colder regions of Eurasia and North America and the Arctic. The plant owes its name to the bulbous roots that smell of roses (Greek: rhodon = rose).

Already the Vikings and Siberian peoples used rhodiola for general strengthening and improved resistance to infections. In Russia and Scandinavia, the medicinal plant is still used in the form of tea and extracts to treat fatigue, altitude sickness, depression and impotence. Chinese, Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicines have also used Rhodiola for a long time.

For rhodiola preparations, the dried subterranean parts consisting of the rootstock and the attached roots are used. The most effective ingredients in the root are salidroside (rhodioloside), rosavin, rosin and rosarin.

What is the effect of roseroot?

Rhodiola root is said to have a stimulating and adaptogenic effect, i.e. it improves the ability to adapt to stress. An increase in serotonin levels was also found. Serotonin is colloquially referred to as the happiness hormone.

The Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products states that Rhodiola root can be used temporarily to treat stress symptoms such as fatigue and weakness due to its long history of use and positive reports in adults.

Small studies have shown that the medicinal plant can have a positive effect on mental and physical performance and on certain mental illnesses such as depression and burnout. However, the studies have shortcomings.

Larger scientific studies that prove the effectiveness are currently missing. Further research is therefore necessary for more detailed knowledge. For this reason, roseroot is not yet approved as a medicinal product in Germany. Only dietary supplements based on medicinal plants are available.

Even with dietary supplements, the effectiveness of rhodiola on physical and mental performance has not been proven by studies. In addition, the extracts in the available products are not standardized, but sometimes very different.

The assumptions that roseroot promotes weight loss or helps against high blood pressure , tachycardia or menopausal symptoms have also not yet been substantiated by larger scientific studies.

What side effects can rhodiola cause?

Rhodiola preparations are generally well tolerated. Side effects were very rare in studies. Complaints observed included headaches , insomnia or dizziness. However, due to the poor quality of the study, these results should also be viewed with caution.

How is roseroot used?

Only take rhodiola in the form of ready-to-use preparations such as rhodiola capsules, dragees or tincture. Roseroot usually works half an hour after ingestion.

What should be considered when taking roseroot?

Rhodiola root should not be used during pregnancy, breastfeeding or in children and adolescents under the age of 18 because there is no knowledge or experience in this regard. It is also not recommended to use it if you have mania or are very restless.

It cannot be ruled out that rhodiola preparations interact with medications taken at the same time. Research has shown that the plant’s ingredients inhibit an enzyme involved in the breakdown of many drugs.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about all medications you are taking before using the medicinal plant.

Where are Rhodiola products available?

You can get dietary supplements with rose root extracts such as capsules, tablets or drops in your pharmacy. For the correct application, please read the respective leaflet or ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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