Last Modified on Feb 08, 2016
Rhodiola rosea is a powerful natural anti-aging, anti-depression and anti-stress home remedy. In Russia, Rhodiola is known as the 'depression herb' and is a customary home treatment for depression. It is rapidly becoming more well-known in Europe and North America as people become more aware of the multiple benefits of this exciting herb.
Benefits of Rhodiola
In Russia, Rhodiola is commonly given to aging political leaders to help them feel younger, less fatigued and to improve their mental acuity. Astronauts, soldiers and athletes are particularly interested in how Rhodiola improves endurance and performance by restoring their strength when dealing with increased physical loads. Many people who take Rhodiola are severely sleep-deprived because of odd working hours or stress. Rather than feeling as if they were walking zombies, they are alert and well-functioning. They say that the difference is quite amazing.
Anti-Aging and Stress Reduction
This Siberian herb is an adaptogen, something that enhances the body's ability to resist stress and has a generalized normalizing effect. Since stress is the direct or indirect cause of many of the diseases people suffer from, especially as they age, stress reduction has a positive benefit on the entire body and mind. People have more energy, stamina and endurance.
Studies have shown that Rhodiola also slows heart rate and lowers blood pressure.
Fights Depression Naturally
Rhodiola increases serotonin levels, giving this herb a reputation as the natural anti-depression herb. In fact, it is regarded as being among the best natural supplements for depression.
Improved Mental Performance
Rhodiola is typically taken by long distance drivers, flight personnel, traffic controllers and the elderly for increased attention and to combat mental fogginess.
Soviet studies have shown that Rhodiola rosea, when combined with physical exercise, can be a powerful tool in weight reduction as it activates of fat-tissue lipase, resulting in the breakdown of stored fat.
A Chinese animal study has shown that Rhodiola slowed heart rate and lowered blood pressure. Russian and Korean animal studies have shown that rhodiola protects the liver and can help it recover from exposure to certain poisons.
Rhodiola is known to be a powerful antioxidant and may be used in treating cancer. Studies have shown that rhodiola reduced the cell mutations associated with cancer as well as helped the body's ability to repair DNA mutations.
Rhodiola Dosage and Warnings
Rhodiola is powerful. We advise caution whey buying brands with caffeine as some may experience "jitters" and anxiety. Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea extract standardized to contain 2-3% rosavins and 0.8-1% salidroside) is typically dosed at 200-600 mg per day with water and before meals. Only Rhodiola from West and North Siberia is said to contain the critical components of Rosavin, Rosarin and Salidroside.
Interestingly, it has been noted that Rhodiola has a stimulating effect at lower amounts and a sedating effect at higher amounts. A high dose of Rhodiola extract is considered to be daily intakes of 1,500 - 2,000 mg and above.
Rhodiola can be an important daily supplement due to its ability to reduce stress and fatigue while enhancing both physical and mental performance. It is especially useful in combatting depression.
Do you take this herb? If so, please write to us and let us know what you think.
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I have been on a Russian Rhodiola rosea extract from Gem***ia since 4 days, the dose being 100 mg per day with 6% rosavins and 2% salidrosides, to help with my ADHD Inattentive type and anxiety. So far I haven't seen any effects on concentration, memory or mood lifting.
Is it the dosing that may be raised for that purpose? Is it that some people don't react to rhodiola and I am one of the unlucky bunch?
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Posted by Hawaiianrose (Hawaii, USA) on 08/14/2013
I have been taking Rhodiola standardized 250 mg every morning for awhile now for fatigue, and trying to go off caffeine to heal my adrenals. So far I havent seen any results, I feel so tired, and am a bit discouraged cause I cant do what I need to do during the day. Am I the only one who hasn't had a miracle effect from Rhodiola? I been taking it for a couple weeks. 1 in am on empty stomach and 1 at lunch or afternoon.
I am also taking Monolaurin for Epstein Barr symptoms, cutting out alcohol, caffeine, gluten, corn, and dairy in case of allergies. I am just going back to bed today due to extreme fatigue... Anyone know of good supplements for adrenal fatigue. Thanks.
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Posted by Nzcatherine (Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand) on 06/15/2013
I'm sorry to add a negative to such high praise on rhodiola but I have to add my own experience as cautionary tale. I have had high levels of anxiety recently lots of adrenal bursts and not being able to sleep which is how I came to the local health food store - for something to help me unwind and relieve exhausted adrenals (my herbalist since directed me to not take anything that would stimulate my adrenals anymore than they were already) in ignorance I continued with the Rhodiola in the mistaken belief they were to have a sedating effect. Tonight I took two. My blood pressure has gone bursurk I have palpitations in my chest like I've drunk 4 or 5 espresso's. I have not had a decent nights sleep for several days now and I'm exhausted - now I have to wait for the rhodiola to wear off. If you are thinking of taking it (it probably does have a mood elevating effect - but then most stimulants probably do) start on a small dose early in the day and monitor your response to it. I have been taking other supplements which I blamed first, now I know it was the Rhodiola without question. I'm very pleased to hear it's been the answer for most people, I will suffer this out knowing that at least some folk are doing better because of it but will save it for a time when I'd other wise chew on a coffee bean.
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Wollaston, Mass. Usa
Posted by Denyse (Orillia, Ontario Canada) on 12/19/2010
I began taking rhodiola 2 weeks ago, I am a 49yr old women I think I was losing my mind I was unable to sleep or should I say I was unable to stay asleep I was always so tired every morning and all day long, So I went online looking for somrthing to help but I wanted to keep it natural, I am a recovering addict I have not used for 3 and a half yrs so I do stay away from anything that is not natural.
Anyways wow at 1st I shrugged it off but now I kno this stuff really works and works well, I would say that u should only take this in the morning as it will keep u awake I take 500mils every morning and I find this to be perfect. This is the 1st time I have shared my info with anyone I was excited to share with others in the hopes others will feel as good as I Peace And Blessings.
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Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
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Ann Arbor, Mi
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Temple, Tx, Usa
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Nanaimo, Bc, Canada
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Pine Lodge, Victoria
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Los Angeles, Ca, Us
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Posted by Susan Cole (Beverly, Ma.) on 03/14/2009
I have cysts in my breasts and was having xrays at hospital done and they made my left side breast cyst burst . The pain was very bad and I went looking for natural cures and found Rhodiola rosea and one capsules stopped the pain . I took it every day from that time on to now. I use only natural cures now and eat natural foods only
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Bloomfield Twp., Michigan/ Usa
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Pasadena, California, Usa
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Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia) on 08/14/2015
I started taking rhodiola last Tuesday. From the moment I took the first capsule I felt different. Now after five days I am starting to get my memory back and feel a lot more relaxed and feel more refreshed and less tired by the end of the day. I find the tablet remarkable. I was prescribed this from a naturapath.
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Posted by Jessica (Dc) on 05/30/2014
I've been taking Rhodiola twice a day for about three weeks. I love it! It gives me this subtle calming effect. I've noticed when things get hectic I still feel calm and centered. I love it! And the fact that it's an anti-carcinogen only makes me love it more!
Posted by Lottie Earp (Cornwall, UK) on 06/11/2013
Better But With Side Effects:
Rhodiola root changed my life for the better, as soon as I began taking it 6 years ago I started seeing the brighter side of life. I told the doctor and he said be careful as you can get yourself into situations that you dont know how to get out of because youve never done it before. Low and behold thats whats happened to me. I became so emotionally powerful that it was like limetless the movie, like a role in my own movie. I read morning and night to improve my vocabulary and communication skills. I met influential people. Im not taking it now as these cancerous people ruined me cos they hated how well and mantally fast I was. So the moral of the story is be careful on it.
Posted by Rosemarie (Poole, Dorset, Uk) on 12/31/2012
I'm 45. I've purchased Rhodiola Rosea 1000mg online in the UK. One tablet per day, as a 250mg extract providing Rosavins 8mg. I've had these for some time, not taken, then yesterday, here alone, trying to sort my horrendously cluttered flat, I was feeling depressed then I just started to cry and cry and felt so lonely. In the end I thought about taking a tablet, anything to help... And blimey! , within an hour I was feeling calm and after months of thinking about it I managed to empty and store my 3 suitcases in the alcove behind the kitchen door and clear my hallway and some of the lounge! Is that coincidence? My flat now shows promise of how nice it can look! Anyway I've just had breakfast and taken my second Rhodiola Rosea tablet! I was worried they'd harm long-term but from this site they seem to be a boon of Mother Nature's bounty for us. God bless!
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Posted by Ella (Flint, Flintshire) on 01/10/2012
I was first introduced to this herb in 2005 for depression, with excellent results the first time in my life I felt alive. The store closed and I haven't been able to find any other rhodiola that works for me they either send my anxiety levels way too high or I suffer from deliberating headaches. I am not sure if the fillers cause problems or the rhodiola is not good quality, I would love to feel alive again please can anyone help.
Is there a difference between rhodiola rosea and rhodiola rosea root extract? I have bought both in the past but nothing worked like the stores own brand I tried in 2005.
Posted by Allie (Fullerton, Ca) on 11/07/2011
Rhodiola is my new miracle cure. I have suffered severe chronic depression and fatigue for decades. I began this supplement about three weeks ago, and I feel like a new person. Better than any of the multitude of anti-depressants I have ever tried--and no side effects.
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Posted by Tee (Florida, US) on 02/01/2015
I am new on my journey with Rhodiola, but so far am impressed with the gentle way it helps with mood, energy and alleviates stress. Am waiting for further use to see if it helps with memory. I have used product that states the % of rosavins and salidroside and am now concerned that I purchased some from a company that I use other herbals from, and do not see specific percentages, just a note of 12mg rosavins per 240mg. Does that make sense to anyone? I am considering returning the bottle if I don't get info from the company or find out if anyone here can shed light for me. Thank you.
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Posted by Megan (Fl) on 06/09/2014
I recently ordered a bulk package of Rhodiola Rosea root powder, and discovered the package didn't contain dosage directions or a "scoop" of any sort. I was wondering, since you provide a standard dosage of 200-600mg, what exactly that would look like in terms of teaspoons? As in, how many milligrams of Rhodiola is in 1/4 tsp - 1/2 tsp?
I contacted the website but they couldn't provide any information, so I greatly appreciate any information you may have! We are using the powder for research and development of a product, so it is (obviously) crucial to know dosage equivalents!
Thank you for your time, Megan
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