Last Modified on Feb 27, 2015
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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[NAY] 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.
Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada