There are hundreds of types of weight loss supplements on the market, including a natural herb called rhodiola rosea. While traditionally sold as a natural antidepressant or mood enhancer, rhodiola has recently started to appear in shelves as a weight loss product. Weight loss products are hit or miss, so the question is, what does rhodiola rosea actually do for weight loss?
According to studies, rhodiola has an impact on your body’s ability to breakdown fat into usable energy. Specifically, rhodiola rosea helps make it easier for your liver to extract fatty acids from fat cells in your body and convert them into ATP. By providing your body with more ATP, you have much more energy, especially during exercise.
Rhodiola also has a small influence on your body’s resting metabolic rate, known as RMR. Your RMR is the rate at which your body burns calories during a time of rest or sleep. If your RMR is higher, you will burn more calories throughout the entire day. To supply your body with the energy it needs, your body will breakdown fat, which is the process just mentioned in the above paragraph.
Rhodiola also can contribute to weight loss indirectly as well by helping your body increase in muscle mass. Rhodiola helps transport nutrients to your muscle and also increases protein synthesis. By doing so, you can see fairly substantial gains in muscle mass within a reasonable amount of time. Since 1lb. of muscle burns 50 calories per day, adding a few pounds of muscle can help you lose a few extra pounds of fat per month as well.
One of the main reasons Rhodiola can help you lose weight is stress relief. It is well documented that stress causes unwanted weight gain and according to an article published in “Planta Medica” February 2009 stressed-out subjects suffering from fatigue displayed increased mental performance, concentration and decreased cortisol levels when taking Rhodiola Rosea extract.
As far as dosage is concerned, the normal recommendation is to take 200-500mgs per day. Most people prefer to split the dosage into two 100mg supplements, which can be taken in the morning and during the late afternoon. Doing so allows your body to constantly have a steady level of rhodiola rosea, which ensures your body can absorb it all.
You should not have any safety concerns if you decide to try rhodiola rosea for weight loss. Rhodiola rosea is a natural herb that has displayed any severe side effects in clinical trials.
The one thing that should be mentioned is that you minimize your dosage. We mentioned before that 200mg is the ideal dosage and while this is what most people use, you can safely take between 300-500mgs per day.
If you are unsure whether or not rhodiola rosea may be safe for you, contact your doctor or primary physician before taking any supplement. While there are no reported serious medical incidents as a result of rhodiola rosea use, it is a good idea to speak to a medical professional just to ensure your health will not be put in jeopardy beforehand.