Before taking any drug or medication, be it herbal, antibiotics, mood stabilizers, or nootropics, it is necessary to do proper research so that one can be sure of the effects and benefits that will be incurred.
Rhodiola Rosea has gained a lot of momentum in the medical community recently and its usage, benefits, recommended dosages are being researched, studied and presented on a variety of forums.
Therefore, we will together discover the synthesis of these findings and will explore Rhodiola Rosea in detail, and present its benefits, side effects, recommended dosage and reviews to help you to decide its usage.
What is Rhodiola Rosea?
Rhodiola Rosea is also known as Roseroot, Orpin Rose, Snowdown Rose, Sedum rosea, Rose Root Extract, Extrait de Rhodiola, Racine de Rhadiola, Arctic Root, Racine d’Or, King’s Crown, Rodia Riza, Siberian Golden Root, Roseroot, Rhodiola, Rosewort, Racine Dorée, Sedum Rhodiola, Lignum Rhodium, Rhodiola Rougeâtre, Siberian Rhodiola Rosea, Golden Root, Hongjingtian, and Rose Root.
What exactly is Rhodiola Rosea?
Rhodiola Rosea is a herb, which comes from a flowering plant. Its root and flowers are used for medicinal purposes.
Rhodiola Rosea grows in high altitude and extremely cold areas of Asia and Europe. It is used as a natural medicine in these areas as well.
However, the stories about benefits of this flowering herb spread, and now it is used in a lot of areas of Russia and other Scandinavian countries.
Its usage has also gained momentum in China and in areas where Chinese medication is popular.
The reason that its usage gained momentum is that it is a natural herb and the side effects of this are perceived to be lower than modern drugs.
How does Rhodiola Rosea work?
According to WebMD, this flowering herb helps in regeneration of damaged cells in the body and helps the body heal better and faster.
The herb has power anti-oxidizing effects which help in reducing stress by producing more CP (creatine phosphate) and ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in the body. Rhodiola Rosea also has anti-inflammatory effects.
The benefits of Rhodiola Rosea
There are a lot of benefits of Rhodiola Rosea. Some of the reported benefits of Rhodiola Rosea are discussed below:
Helps in reduction of fatigue
According to reports in Alternative Medicine Review, Rhodiola Rosea helps in reducing fatigue and provides more energy.
It also assists in removing symptoms of physical stress and revitalizes the brain and body.
The usage of Rhodiola Rosea, coupled with good sleep and healthy diet was noticed to have positive impacts on energy levels of users.
For people who often engage in strenuous physical exercise, the usage of Rhodiola Rosea in their routine helped them cope better with their tough exercise schedules and helped their body heal faster and helped increase physical stamina.
Helps in Reduction of stress
Rhodiola Rosea serves as an Adaptogen and helps the body cope with the symptoms of stress in an effective manner.
According to Medical News Today’s article “Rhodiola Rosea: A VersatileAdaptogen”, Rhodiola Rosea helps calm down the nerves, helps the heart maintain proper functioning in normal as well as high-stress situations, and prepares the body to face stress.
Therefore, usage of Rhodiola Rosea has proven to be beneficial for people suffering from mental health issues.
This study also reported that Rhodiola Rosea played a positive part in the reduction of stress hormone levels in human bodies.
Enhances cognitive abilities
According to BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine reviews, usage of Rhodiola Rosea boosted cognitive abilities and made people more focused.
Usage of Rhodiola Rosea is also linked to increasing attention spans and increased concentration.
Through studies, it is also observed that reduction in fatigue of people who use Rhodiola Rosea, is a consequent action of increased and enhanced cognitive abilities.
According to Phytomedicine, “The effectiveness and efficacy of Rhodiola Rosea L.: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials”, the usage of Rhodiola Rosea played a significant part in reducing symptoms of anxiety and overthinking.
Short-term studies exploring the usage of Rhodiola Rosea also reveal that users of this flowering herb had better control over their anxiety and it helped reduce their depressive thoughts and tendencies.
According to “Rhodiola Rosea versus sertraline for major depressive disorder: A randomized placebo-controlled trial”, even though the effects of Rhodiola Rosea for depression were not as immediate and instantaneous as prescription antidepressants, however, the side effects of prescription antidepressants are much more in comparison with Rhodiola Rosea.
Rhodiola Rosea is deemed to be a relatively safe herb to be used to control depressing and anxious thoughts.
According to an article in Physiology & Behavior, “Effect of salidroside, the active principle of Rhodiola Rosea extract, on binge eating”, Rhodiola Rosea also helped the users control their eating disorders.
People who suffer from emotional eating disorders and often binge eat were able to have better control on their eating habits while using Rhodiola Rosea.
The side effects of Rhodiola Rosea
All the studies done on Rhodiola Rosea prove that the side effects of Rhodiola Rosea are extremely mild.
The side effects of Rhodiola Rosea can be dizziness and dry mouth.
People who overdose on Rhodiola Rosea can also have a lot of nervous energy and jitters.
According to WebMD, people who suffer from Bipolar Disorder or are using other prescription drugs should consult their doctors before using Rhodiola Rosea regularly.
According to Wikipedia, women who are breastfeeding and pregnant should also avoid using Rhodiola Rosea as it might interrupt with their normal bodily functions.
It is also observed that taking high dosages of Rhodiola Rosea for more than 10 weeks can induce insomnia in some people. Thus, it should be taken early morning so that it doesn’t disrupt the sleep cycle.
The recommended dosage of Rhodiola Rosea
According to accumulated results of dosage studies on examine.com, the recommended dosage of Rhodiola Rosea is below 50mg, if taken regularly.
According to WebMD, Rhodiola Rosea should not be taken regularly as humans can build a tolerance towards it.
Booker A’s study“The authenticity and quality of Rhodiola Rosea products. Phytomedicine” also show that if used sporadically, a dose of 100mg early morning can have beneficial effects on improved cognitive abilities.
However, the usage of Rhodiola Rosea for depression and anxiety differs for different people according to their gender, weight, age, medical history.
Therefore, for depression and anxiety, the dosages can range from 250-500mg. According to BrainTropic, doctors should be consulted before taking Rhodiola Rosea for anxiety and depression.
Moreover, people who suffer from diabetes should also be very cautious about the usage of Rhodiola Rosea.
Reviews of Rhodiola Rosea
The reviews for Rhodiola Rosea on iHerb.com, amazon.com, and webmd.com are generally positive.
Most users report using Rhodiola Rosea because of its positive effects on their energy levels.
However, some users report that they developed allergic reactions to Rhodiola Rosea. Therefore, it is advised to experiment with small dosages of Rhodiola Rosea to see if it suits you or not.