What is Rhodiola Rosea?
Sometimes referred to as Golden Root or Arctic Root, Rhodiola Rosea is a perennial flowering plant in the family of Crassulaceae. This herb is popular for its ‘adaptogenic’ properties (reducing fatigue and exhaustion in prolonged stressful situations). Adaptogens in general – but particularly Rhodiola extracts – appear to be involved with promoting longevity. Preliminary evidence has also looked at neuroprotection, among other possible benefits.
Rhodiola Rosea is commonly found in the arctic regions of Britain, Asia and North America. It has been used in traditional remedies for centuries in Russian and Scandinavian countries. In more recent times, it has appeared in the scientific literature of numerous countries such as Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, the Soviet Union and Iceland. In Russia and Scandinavia, Rhodiola Rosea extracts have been used for centuries to cope with the cold Siberian climate and stressful life. It is also used as a supplement to increase physical endurance and resistance to high-altitude sickness, but the scientific evidence for such benefits is weak. The plant has been used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is called hong jing tian.
Rhodiola Rosea Benefits
Rhodiola appears to be able to significantly reduce the fatigue and ‘burnout’ that come from stress and anxiety; numerous trials suggest meaningful effects, particularly in people with stress and anxiety issues. This may extend to exercise since there’s some evidence that acute supplementation before exercise can reduce fatigue, but more research is needed before we can be confident in that. Furthermore, it seems to have an effect on reducing stress and anxiety themselves, and may improve mood generally. In the brain, Rhodiola appears to be highly serotonergic (increases serotonin) and reduces corticosteroids.
Moreover, recent research (see references) links Rhodiola Rosea to further benefits such as:
- Supporting cognitive function, focus and mental clarity
- Promoting energy and stamina
- Keeping stress levels low
- Supporting workout recovery
- Supporting healthy metabolic functions
Research on Rhodiola Rosea’s benefits has identified over 100 chemical compounds in this flowering plant. Of these, Rosavin, Rosarin, Rosin and Salidroside are commonly believed to be the main active compounds. Most trials using Rhodiola Rosea supplements used standardized extracts containing at least 2-3% rosavin or 0.8-1% salidroside.
Difference between the 3% Rosavins vs 3% Salidroside extracts
Rhodiola Rosea root extracts are commonly made to focus on either the Salidroside content for an energy-boosting effect, or the Rosavins for a slightly more relaxed effect.
At Nootropics.com, we sell two types of Rhodiola Rosea extracts: one with 3% Salidroside and 1% Rosavins and one with 3% Rosavins and 1% Salidroside. Research has suggested that Rhodiola Rosea with 3% Salidroside is more stimulating whereas Rhodiola Rosea with 3% Rosavins (the product whose description you are reading) is more calming or relaxing.
We believe that our 3% Rosavin extract is best for daily use; this Rhodiola Rosea extract seems to be anecdotally what the majority of our customers respond best to. The smaller percentage of Salidroside causes our 3% Rosavins extract to be significantly less stimulating whilst still preserving the energy-boosting effects. This is great for individuals who are on edge, as the stimulation from the other Rhodiola Rosea 3% Salidroside can sometimes be too much for someone who is not engaging in regular physical activity.
Where to Buy Rhodiola Rosea Online
At Nootropics.com, you can buy both types of Rhodiola Rosea root extracts in a jar of 60x500mg capsules. All of our products are quality tested once after manufacturing, and then undergo a stringent process of quality assurance by an independent third-party lab. We test for identity, purity, and an array of heavy metals using FTIR and HPLC. Our products use vegetable capsules suitable for vegans.
Our customers get free shipping on orders over $70 in the US and $200 for international orders. If you buy 2 or more jars of the same type of Rhodiola Rosea, we offer a 5% and 10% discount. We offer a money-back guarantee 90 days after you buy our products.
Rhodiola Rosea Guidelines
Dosage: Take 1 capsule per day as a dietary supplement.
Effect onset and long-term use:
Supplementation of Rhodiola Rosea tends to refer to either the SHR-5 extract in particular or an equivalent extract, any that confers both 3% rosavins and 1% salidroside.
Usage of Rhodiola as a daily preventive against fatigue has been reported to be effective in doses as low as 50mg.
Acute usage of Rhodiola for fatigue and anti-stress has been noted to be effective in the 288-680mg range.
As Rhodiola has been shown to have a bell-curve response before, it is recommended to not exceed the aforementioned 680mg dosage as higher doses may be ineffective.
- Store in a cool and dry place. Keep away from direct sunlight and heat.
- Do not take this or any other supplement if under the age of 18, pregnant or nursing a baby, or if you have any known or suspected medical conditions, and/or taking prescription drugs or over the counter medications.
Always consult with a qualified healthcare physician before taking any new dietary supplement. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Third-party purity testing:
Certificate of Authenticity – Rhodiola Rosea root 3% Rosavins
Scientific name: Rhodiola Rosea
Other names: Golden Root, Arctic Root, Rosavin, Rosenroot, Rhodiola Rhizome, Rhidola
Side effects: It is likely to be safe in the short to mid-term (months to a year) when taken in normal doses. As with pharmacologically potent herbs in general, it may have notable drug interactions. If you experience unintended side effects, please exercise caution. If discomfort persists or intensifies, always consult a medical practitioner.
- It may interact with enzymes of drug metabolism
- It is slightly stimulatory, although not classically stimulatory like caffeine.
- It is known to inhibit the CYP3A4 enzyme in vitro at concentrations which likely occur to oral ingestion.
Further information (off-site)
1. Examine.com Article
2. Wikipedia Entry
1. Anti-inflammatory effects of Rhodiola rosea L.: A review
2. Rhodiola rosea L. as a putative botanical antidepressant
3. Rhodiola rosea for physical and mental fatigue: a systematic review
4. Rhodiola rosea L. and Alzheimer’s Disease: From Farm to Pharmacy
5. Rosenroot (Rhodiola rosea): traditional use, chemical composition, pharmacology and clinical efficacy
6. Stress management and the role of Rhodiola rosea: a review
7. Rhodiola rosea and its neuropsychotropic effects
8. Rhodiola rosea versus sertraline for major depressive disorder: A randomized placebo-controlled trial
9. The Effects of Rhodiola rosea L. Extract on Anxiety, Stress, Cognition and Other Mood Symptoms
10. Rhodiola rosea L. modulates inflammatory processes in a CRH-activated BV2 cell model
11. Exploring the effect of adaptogenic Rhodiola Rosea extract on neuroplasticity in humans
12. Effects of rhodiola rosea on oxidative stress and negative emotional states in patients with obstructive sleep apnea
13. Rhodiola rosea for mental and physical fatigue in nursing students: a randomized controlled trial
14. Panax ginseng, Rhodiola rosea and Schisandra chinensis
15. Rhodiola rosea in Subjects with Prolonged or Chronic Fatigue Symptoms: Results of an Open-Label Clinical Trial
16. A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study of the standardised extract shr-5 of the roots of Rhodiola rosea in the treatment of subjects with stress-related fatigue
17. Effects of short-term Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root Extract) supplementation on anaerobic exercise performance