Relax & Recharge
Ancient herbs to help you adapt to stress
- Formulated with the adaptogenic herbs rhodiola and ashwagandha
- Relieves symptoms of stress and reduces cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone
- Enhances memory, sharpens mental focus and improves attention span
- Boosts energy and reduces mental fatigue
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Relax & Recharge was formulated for individuals who suffer from symptoms of anxiousness, sadness or stress-related burnout and as a result, are exhausted and have difficulty concentrating. It helps improve focus, memory and stamina and reduces feelings of stress, making it an ideal supplement for students, shift workers and those who need extra mental energy.
Relax & Recharge contains rhodiola and ashwagandha, two powerful adaptogenic herbs with complementary actions. Adaptogens help the body to adapt to stress by increasing the brain’s stress tolerance and reducing the harmful effects stress has on the body. Rhodiola has been well-studied and has demonstrated the ability to improve physical and mental performance under stress, and ashwagandha enhances memory, reduces anxiety and strengthens the immune system. Both rhodiola and ashwagandha reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol and help improve energy levels.
AOR’s Relax & Recharge is the “go-to” natural formula to reduce stress and fatigue and boost both mental and physical performance.
Rhodiola and Ashwagandha are adaptogenic herbs that condition the body to react favourably to stress. They are used in Ayurvedic medicine as a rejuvenative tonic to boost energy, relieve debility and to enhance memory. Relieves symptoms of stress such as mental fatigue and sensations of weakness. Supports cognitive function by improving mental focus and attention span, and boosting mental stamina. Provides antioxidants.
AOR™ guarantees that all ingredients have been declared on the label. Contains no wheat, gluten, corn, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, sulphites, mustard, soy, dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish or any animal by product.
Take one capsule one to three times daily with/without food, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner. Do not take immediately before bedtime. Do not open capsules, as this may compromise the stability of the medicinal ingredients.
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, taking antidepressant medication, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or birth control pills, or if symptoms persist or worsen. Consumption with alcohol, drugs or other natural health products with sedative properties is not recommended. If you experience irritability or insomnia, discontinue use. Do not use if you have bipolar disorder or bipolar spectrum disorder.
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Note: Product appearance, odor and taste may vary from one lot to another due to the use of natural ingredients.
Non-medicinal Ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose and sodium benzoate. Capsule: hypromellose.
Rhodiola Systematic Review
This systematic review published in 2011 found 11 randomized control trials that used oral Rhodiola Rosea extracts as a monotherapy in both healthy and diseased populations published between 2000-2009. Six of these studies reviewed the impact on physical performance in healthy adults. These small-scale studies found that supplementation led to increases in time to exhaustion and improvements on perceived tiredness. Another study investigated the impact on stress-related fatigue and found improvement in the Pines burnout score. While another study found supplementation improved HAMD rating for mild to moderate depression. Four studies investigating metal performance found improvements in Total Fatigue Index (TFI) while there was no change in sustained attention visual reaction time or concentration ability. There were few adverse effects reported and those that did occur included mild headaches, and hypersalivation. Reviewers did outline the variability in the dosing strategies the disparity between baseline populations.
Hung, S. K., Perry, R., & Ernst, E. (2011). The effectiveness and efficacy of Rhodiola Rosea L.: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Phytomedicine, 18(4), 235–244. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phymed.2010.08.014
Rhodiola in Physical Performance
This study published in 2019 is a small scale RCT that challenged healthy physically active female participants (n=11) with short term supplementation of a standardized Rhodiola Rosea extract (3% rosavins, and 1% salidroside.) Participants were given 500mg TID of the extract for three days and then another dose of 500mg 30 min before a Wingate anaerobic test (WAnTS). After a seven-day washout period, the test was redone using a placebo. Participants were blinded to the trial and placebo groups. Results indicated a statistically significant improvement in the mean power, peak power, anaerobic capacity. However, interestingly the fatigue index was largely unaffected at this dose range.
Ballmann, C. G., Maze, S. B., Wells, A. C., Marshall, M. M., & Rogers, R. R. (2019). Effects of short-term Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root Extract) supplementation on anaerobic exercise performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(9), 998–1003. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1538028
Ashwaghanda in Stress-related Weight Gain
This study published in 2017 examined the role of ashwagandha (n=25, placebo n=25) in reducing perceived stress and subsequent weight gain in healthy subjects over eight weeks of supplementation. The outcome measures used for assessment included a validated perceived stress questionnaire) PSS), Food Cravings Questionnaire-Trait (FCQ-T), Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ), Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire (TFEQ), serum cortisol, initial and final body weight and body mass index scores were also recorded. Baseline, four-week, and eight-week measurements were recorded with the subject in the intervention group taking 300 mg of a standardized extract two times per day. The results indicated statistically significant improvements in both the primary and secondary measures as compared to the placebo. Indicating this may be a good option for the management of stress.
Choudhary D, Bhattacharyya S, Joshi K. Body Weight Management in Adults Under Chronic Stress Through Treatment With Ashwagandha Root Extract: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017;22(1):96-106. doi:10.1177/2156587216641830 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27055824/
Ashwagandha in Chronic Stress
In this 2012 RCT 64 subjects (32 in the placebo and 32 in the intervention group) with a history of chronic stress were evaluated for 60 days. The intervention group received 300 mg BID of a full spectrum ashwagandha extract, compliance was good with only three dropouts reported. Four validated questionnaires were used as a measure of stress and anxiety (GHQ-28, DASS- anxiety insomnia and stress subset, and PSS), and secondary measures included impacts on stress such as serum cortisol. On all metrics, the treatment arm showed statistically significant improvements compared to the placebo. Including a 44% decrease in the PSS scores compared to the 5.5% reduction in the placebo group.
Chandrasekhar K, Kapoor J, Anishetty S. A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults. Indian J Psychol Med. 2012;34(3):255-262. doi:10.4103/0253-7176.106022 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23439798/