Does Rhodiola rosea possess ergogenic properties?

Walker, Thomas B. & Robergs, Robert A. (2006) Does Rhodiola rosea possess ergogenic properties? International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 16(3), pp. 305-315.

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Rhodiola rosea is an herb purported to possess adaptogenic and ergogenic properties and has recently been the subject of increased interest. The purpose of this article was to review and summarize recent investigations of the potential performance-enhancing properties of Rhodiola rosea. Such studies have generated equivocal results. Several investigations conducted in Eastern Europe have indicated that Rhodiola rosea ingestion may produce such positive effects as improved cognitive function and reduced mental fatigue. Other research from this region has illustrated enhanced endurance exercise performance in both humans and rats. Studies conducted in Western Europe and in North America have indicated that Rhodiola rosea may possess substantial antioxidant properties but have produced mixed results when attempting to demonstrate an ergogenic effect during exercise in humans.

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ID Code: 96837
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: plant extract; rhodiola rosea extract; shr 5; unclassified drug, antioxidant activity; cognition; dose response; drug effect; drug structure; dysthymia; Eastern Europe; exercise; fatigue; human; ingestion; muscle strength; nervous system function; nonhuman; North America; physical performance; physical stress; review;, Animals; Cognition; Dietary Supplements; Exercise; Humans; Mental Fatigue; Physical Endurance; Plant Extracts; Rats; Rhodiola; Task Performance and Analysis, Rhodiola rosea
DOI: 10.1123/ijsnem.16.3.305
ISSN: 1543-2742
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 05 Aug 2016 01:08
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2016 00:04

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