Rhodiola Rosea In Modern Medicine

So how will we use Rhodiola rosea in modern medicine? To better understand where modern research begin and who pioneered the research that led to our current understanding of the benefits of rhodiola, we have to start with the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. Then we move to the progressive researched conducted by Europeans and Scandinavians. And then where we go from here? Relatively recent pharmacological studies may indicate the way as suggested by this part of our reformatting of the classic research aggregated and discussed in Rhodiola Rosea: A Phytomedicinal Overview.

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Rhodiola Rosea Phytochemistry

A result of the increased interest in rhodiola rosea has led to the proliferation of lesser grade supplements. By lesser, I mean some manufacturer use different species of this plant or even different plants altogether along with Rhodiola rosea in their supplement. In large part, this may be due to a misunderstanding of the key compounds in R. rosea that provide the benefits touted by so many people in the natural health industry. Rosavin, rosin, and rosarin, collectively called rosavins, are specific and unique to R. rhodiola and not in other species (like Rhodiola crenulata). While many of these species have very few side effects, only R. rosea features the abundant benefits proposed and supported by real rhodiola research.

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Rhodiola Rosea Taxonomy and Rhodiola Geographical Distribution

Understanding this adaptogen can take more than just buying supplements that tell you on the bottle that popping these pills will make you feel better. To be certain the herbal remedy is worth your time and money (and health!), you should understand why and how any particular supplement will help you. So understanding the taxonomy of the rhodiola genus and developing an accurate understanding of the geographic distribution of plants in this genus will help you better understand why it provides the most potent benefits we look for in a supplement.

While many species of these flowers and plants exist, only R. rosea has been proven to be safe for both animal and human consumption with minimal adverse effects, and only Rhodiola rosea exhibits the promise of providing safe and effective herbal stress relief. Read on to learn more about how and why it has developed these unique properties to earn so much hype in the alternative medicine world. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea Phytomedicinal Overview

In this comprehensive overview originally published in the Herbal Gram newsletter in 2002 then soon after republished with permission on Rhodiola Rosea, Dr. Richard Brown, Dr. Patricia Gerbarg and RhodiolaRosea.Org founder Dr. Zakir Ramazanov aggregate and evaluate nearly 100 different pharmacological and clinical studies to ascertain the efficacy of leveraging this herbal remedy for various healthful purposes. An extensive list of rhodiola benefits are posited, explored and either negated or validated.

The authors methodically begin with the use of R. rosea in traditional medicine then trace the evolution of our understanding and usage of this potent adaptogen through to its potential future uses. The side effects and toxicity is explored and the wide range of uses, from applications for stress and anxiety through the enhancement of mental and physical performance, are detailed with extensive references cited to support their position. Read on to help determine if this supplement could provide the herbal stress relief you are looking for. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea Pharmacology, Phytochemistry and Standardization

Discover the groundbreaking research conducted by Dr. Zakir Ramazanov to reveal why rhodiola rosea is the species with the most promising benefits. Yes, there are several species and you need to understand why this is important when evaluating different rhodiola supplements.

Many people may not realize it, but many rhodiola supplements use other species as a substitute or more accurately, as an adulterant. Specifically, rhodiola crenulata, while containing a promising concentration of salidrosides, lacks the rosavins associated with the most potent benefits, yet it is often found in otherwise seemingly respectable remedies suggested for herbal stress relief.

Dr. Zakir Ramazanov also collects several references to research that verifies or corroborates rhodiola rosea’s promise, despite it manifesting so few side effects. With a broad range of mental and physical benefits evident in a number of studies conducted across multiple continents over several decades, it seems this safe and promising herbal remedy deserve more comprehensive research and consideration by the scientific community.

After you read this research and assess the tables and diagrams constructed by Dr. Ramazanov, you will better understand how to examine the different rhodiola supplements available to you and why you might consider this remedy in the first place. Continue reading

Rhodiola Supplements for Muscle Development

While the research still rests more in the hands of the east than the west, rhodiola rosea still holds tremendous promise for athletes looking to enhance their performance in a safe, legal and natural way. In this comprehensive piece of research, RhodiolaRosea.Org founder Dr. Zakir Ramazanov and his esteemed colleague collect and discuss the aggregate reality of the research supporting the use of rhodiola rosea for muscle development.

The potential benefits of this extract are broad and diverse, from providing herbal stress relief to treating mild depression. However, the Internet is ripe with hype and it can be difficult to discern the sales pitches from the real research. I encourage you to explore Dr. Ramazanov’s detailed discussion so you learn why that hype (some of it admittedly excessive and empty) has a reason for existing in the first place. At the very least, it seems exploring something with so few side effects is the only responsible thing to do.

So read on to learn more about the benefits of supplementing your diet with rhodiola rosea if you desire to improve your ability to develop muscles and enhance your athletic performance. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea Phytomedicinal Overview References, Credits and Acknowledgments

The following compilation of references, citations, credits and acknowledgments accompanies the Rhodiola Rosea Phytomedicinal Overview. Here in you will find around 100 different references and acknowledgments. The references should be suitable for your use in continued research work. The work collected and evaluated here should provide herbal researchers years of information to explore and consider. While still more research must be conducted to verify many of the claims and observations made among the studies in these references, the data provides a promising start to proper and thorough scientific research into the genuine healthful benefits of rhodiola rosea, rhodiola benefits and remarkably low rhodiola side effects.

Read on to explore the wide range of sources compiled and considered by the authors as they assembled this seminal piece of rhodiola rosea research. Continue reading