Rhodiola: Why I am Using It and the Results I’m Getting

In my quest to improve my athletic performance and help my body age well, I am always on the look out for supplements that will deliver.  First of all, let me say that I am not paid to endorse a product, I simply use Thorne supplements because I was introduced to them about 13 years ago.  And, with your medical license, you get wholesale pricing, which means big savings for you.

I have been looking into Rhodiola for years, I look, I read, I forget.  Yep, I get busy, like you and I forget to order it, until now.

Just one month ago I started taking Rhodiola and I have been shocked with the results.  Let me add, it takes A LOT to shock me!  The first thing I noticed was an increase in energy.  OK, maybe it’s the caffeine before my workouts? But nope, it’s not the caffeine.  The other benefits I noticed were:

  1. Less fatigue – no afternoon fatigue and that feeling that I needed a nap
  2. Improved mood – less anxiety and depression, I just feel happier
  3. Improved recovery from sports – I require less sleep
  4. Improved endurance with sparring and swimming hard – needing less rest between sets
  5. Better sleep


Common Names: arctic root, golden root, rose root, king’s crown

Latin Names: Rhodiola rosea

  • Rhodiola grows in cold regions and at high altitudes in Europe and Asia.
  • Rhodiola has a long history of medicinal use in Russia, Scandinavia, and other parts of Europe. Traditionally, it was used to attempt to increase endurance, work performance, and tolerance of high altitudes and to treat fatigue, weakness, and other symptoms.
  • Today, rhodiola is promoted to increase energy, stamina, strength, and mental capacity, improve athletic performance, resist the effects of stress, and help manage depression, anxiety, and other symptoms.


Extracts of Rhodiola delayed age-related decline of physical activity and immune functions, and increased stress resistance.

All of this is great news from the standpoint of athletic performance and anti-aging, DNA repair, and decreased anxiety.


For those of you who want the physiology and research articles I have listed a couple sources.



I will continue to use Rhodiola through mid-June, when I have new blood work and update you!


Dr. V