Home > Anti Ageing > Rhodiola Rosea and Anti-aging

Rhodiola Rosea and Anti-aging

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 28 Mar 2012 | comments*Discuss
Rhodiola Rosea Anti-aging Adaptogens


One of the most exciting therapies in the field of anti-aging involves adaptogens.

Though adaptogens were not given their name until 1947, by the Russian scientist Dr. Nicolai Lazarev, the substance has been used for thousands of years in China and Russia. Nowadays we know that adaptogens are herbal substances that helps adjust the body's response, on the cellular level, to various stresses put upon it. This regulates many of the body's systems, including the immune system, nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system and mental functions. Studies have shown that adaptogens can increase mental clarity and physical energy, enhanced immunity and resistance to disease, and reduced recovery time after exercise. Other reported effects are an improved metabolism and more restful sleep. Over recent years, hundreds of experimental and clinical studies on adaptogens have been done - most of them in Russia and Germany. Most of these studies have shown the outstanding stress-protective and immune system enhancing capacities of adaptogens.

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola rosea, also known as Arctic Root or Golden Root, is a plant that is native to the mountainous regions of Europe, Asia and the Arctic region. It grows in dry, cold areas and has been a staple in the diets of many Eastern European and Scandinavian countries for centuries. Traditionally, the plant was given to betrothed Siberian couples to ensure the birth of many healthy children.

Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb. Siberian Rhodiola rosea extract has also shown to reduce and/or prevent stress-induced cardiac damage, decrease myocardial catecholamines and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) levels. It also reduces adrenal catecholamine release, and can prevent heart arrhythmia. Siberian Rhodiola rosea is also capable of improving thyroid function without the side affects of hyperthyroidism.

During periods of exercise or intense athletic training, Siberian Rhodiola rosea has been shown to improve glycogen (the muscle fuel) production and therefore increase muscle power and energy. This also help to stave off fatigue during intense activity.

It boosts the breakdown of fat cells and so can actually help the body burn fat better and help with weight reduction and improved metabolism.

Real Siberian Rhodiola rosea root extract must contain rosiridin, rosavins and salidroside in ratios approximately 3:1:1 that reflect the phytochemistry of the natural plant. For example, the extract of Siberian Rhodiola rosea root should contain minimum 3% rosavins, 1% rosiridins and 1% salidroside.


Currently, there are no known drugs or herbal interactions associated with Rhodiola; however, research is still being done on the product, especially here in the West. One should not take Rhodiola while pregnant or breast-feeding as the risks to pregnant women and nursing mothers have not been studied enough to know for certain if there is a potential hazardous interaction. Because Rhodiola is a stimulant, individuals with manic-depression (bipolar disorder) should not take this product. Irritability and insomnia are two of the more common side effects of Rhodiola. They are usually seen when more than 1,500 mg of the herbal is taken a day.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Babu
    Re: Health Benefits of Magnetic Bracelets
    Hi I m William my age is 45 I have 2 sons both r smart and my wife and my mother who is age 70 yrs and she has…
    22 March 2019
  • Craig
    Re: Essential Oils to Avoid
    If you can how do you reverse being immune to lavender oil. I used it for longer than two weeks. now it doesnt work anymore. Thanks…
    30 July 2018
  • Nug
    Re: Does Leech Therapy Really Work?
    1. Check your sugar blood first 2. Put the leech 4 in your foot finger (2 right & 2 left) 3. Next day check your sugar…
    28 June 2018
  • Rits
    Re: Does Leech Therapy Really Work?
    Hi I want to give this a try but there is nowhere locally for me to have access to this therapy. I wouldn't mind giving it a…
    4 May 2018
  • Dr.Ali
    Re: Natural Testicular Cancer Treatments
    Hello Is there any update treatment for testicular microlithasis?? Thank you much.
    21 January 2018
  • Sue
    Re: Essential Oils to Avoid
    I have very low blood pressure 81/31. What oils should I avoid?
    21 December 2017
  • kin
    Re: Lavender: a Natural Antibiotic and More
    We are asking for the price of; ANTI-BACTERIAL LAVENDER THICKNESS 5CM THICKNESS 5 pcs each also include cost…
    11 October 2017
  • Baraka
    Re: Wild Yam: Is it a Scam?
    I have been using wild yam tablets and I do not experience menopausal symptoms that my friends in their 50's do. My sister who has a…
    4 July 2017
  • Lady T
    Re: Can Garlic Treat Athletes' Foot?
    I've used garlic w. Olive order for about 3 nights straight and it is working tremendously! And my feet were awful but they…
    1 July 2017
  • Jo G
    Re: Essential Oils to Avoid
    Can I use WHITE Angelica as a diabetic? I know the book says not to use Angelica, but my book is missing information for White Angelica,…
    18 June 2017