Rasa BOLD: Research

Rasa BOLD: Research

Rasa Bold Energy Tonic

We asked ourselves, “How can we give the thrill of caffeine…without the caffeine?” Then set about making the most potent, energy-driven version of Rasa we can.

Like caffeine, some adaptogens are central nervous system stimulants. This means they are stimulating to the brain, increasing energy, alertness, and improving attention. Unlike caffeine though, regular use does not lead to a sharp decrease in effectiveness. For example, one study on rhodiola extract (200 mg per day) showed that the acute benefit of rhodiola on exercise endurance did not decrease after 4 weeks of steady supplementation.

Full-Spectrum Extracts

Rhodiola 4:1, 350 mg
Eleuthero 4:1, 350 mg
Schisandra 4:1, 200 mg
Cordyceps 10:1, 200 mg
Lion's Mane 8:1, 200 mg
Gynostemma 10:1, 100 mg
Shilajit 4:1, 100 mg

The celebrated combination of the adaptogens rhodiola, eleuthero, and schisandra comprise the core of Bold. These three together have been the subject of many clinical trials and show proven results for enhanced cognitive capacity, decreased fatigue, and powerful effects on stress.

Next, we added in two potent members of Kingdom Fungi— cordyceps and lion’s mane. Cordyceps is an adaptogen all-arounder, supporting performance, immunity, sexual energy, and lung function. Lion’s mane is revered as a brain tonic and immunomodulator. We’re proud to say both of these are 100% fruiting bodies. No added fillers, starch, grains, or mycelium.

Gynostemma, also known as jiaogulan, is a climbing vine native to China. It helps balance the energetics of the blend and add sweetness. Known as poor man’s ginseng, this leaf has more ginsenosides— the adaptogenic compounds— than ginseng itself!

Shilajit is a fascinating rock exudate that is an adaptogen but is not technically an herb. It’s a naturally occurring herbal/mineral tar, with names such as “mountain tears” (Russia), “blood of the mountains” (Burma), “conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness” (India), and “juice of rock” (Mongolia). In these cultures and more, Shilajit is recognized as a potent rejuvenative tonic and immunomodulator.

Vikings had rhodiola, Siberian hunters had schisandra, Yogic sages had shilajit. Now we have Bold, a potent comprehensive formula designed for athletes, entrepreneurs, creatives, and all of us navigating this crazy modern world. And be assured, we did our homework for you. When creating this blend, we scoured the current research and choose clinically proven dosages when available. Below are some examples of the research.


Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised study of single dose effects of ADAPT-232 on cognitive functions
Herb: Rhodiola 2.8:1, Schisandra 1.4:1; Eleuthero 10.5:1
Dose: 270 mg combination
Conclusion: The adaptogen group, as compared to placebo, quickly and significantly exhibited improved attention, speed, and accuracy during cognitive tasks in situations of decreased performance caused by stress and tiredness

Efficacy of Adaptogenic Supplements on Adapting to Stress: A Randomized, Controlled Trial
Herb: Rhodiola 2.8:1, Schisandra 1.4:1; Eleuthero 10.5:1
Dose: ~200-400 mg, twice a day
Conclusion: 215 elite athletes were given an adaptogenic preparation for 4 weeks. Adaptation to stress, both physical and emotional, significantly increased compared with placebo. Inattention, impulsivity, and perception of stress all decreased. Fatigue during the course of exercise was decreased as well.

A randomized trial of two different doses of a SHR-5 Rhodiola rosea extract versus placebo and control of capacity for mental work
Herb: Rhodiola 4:1
Dose: 370 mg & 555 mg
Conclusion: A single administration of rhodiola extract, at both doses, had a pronounced anti-fatigue effect in military cadets, leading to greater capacity for mental work against a background of stress.

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study of the standardized extract SHR-5 of the roots of Rhodiola Rosea in the treatment of subjects with stress-related fatigue
Herb: Rhodiola 4:1
Dose: 288 mg, twice a day
Conclusion: Participants with stress-related fatigue experienced decreased cortisol levels, significant improvements in mental performance, attention, and endurance, and a reduction in perceived burnout after taking rhodiola vs. placebo.

There are many, many more trials on these adaptogens and a variety of conditions, like depression and obesity, but we’re a coffee alternative not a drug so the FDA bans us from sharing those studies. Please look them up yourself. And instead, we’ll show you one study even the FDA would have a laugh at:

Effects of Shilajit on scrotal circumference and semen quality parameters of adult Lohi rams
Herb: Shilajit
Dose: 800-1600 mg
Conclusion: Significant increase in scrotal circumference. Hello ladies…