Rhodiola Rosea FAQ

Understanding the many different ways rhodiola rosea works and why this adaptogen transcends the nebulous hype of most natural herbal remedies can be a bit challenging. Over the years I’ve received thousands of different questions through this website, and most of them tend to center around a few of the same themes.

From understanding why one would want to take rhodiola rosea to understanding how to cope with potential side effects, the questions I’ve received have had a distinct and reoccurring theme. So to help people find quick answers to their most pressing questions I have gathered these questions and answers together into a single, succinct FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). I hope this helps you quickly grasp the benefits of rhodiola and the most pertinent facts about what it is, where it comes from and how it should be used. Read on to read the most common rhodiola questions and their answers. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea Antioxidant and Anti-Carcinogenic Effects

One of the lesser known benefits of rhodiola rosea is that it not only features very few side effects, but that it also shows promise in minimizing the damage done by potent medical treatments such as chemotherapy. As usual, the evidence is preliminary and requires further corroboration, but at least it is promising enough that I believe more institutions should exercise greater interest in either verifying or fully refuting this promise.

If we can determine how Rhodiola rosea provided the benefits indicated in a few pilot studies, we may be able to devise new medications from it’s components that provide meaningful relief to many people suffering a great deal as they endure the side-effects of potent medications and aggressive treatment programs.

In this section you will learn how some pilot studies suggest this adaptogen could provide significant relief to people enduring chemotherapy.

Moving rhodiola research from theory and preliminary to proven or dis-proven is something I would love to see happen. I recognize that not all the preliminary promise will be proven valid or statistically significant, but I believe many people would be better off if we at least knew with some degree of certainty. And I believe this collection of research on Rhodiola rosea antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic effects should compel researchers to take this adaptogen more seriously. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea Effects On Physical Work Capacity

One of the main reasons people become interested in Rhodiola Rosea is the evidence supporting taking it to improve endurance or stamina. Everyone wants more energy, everyone wants to last longer and everyone wants to perform better. Specific clinical trials support these referenced benefits, and the great news is that whether it works or not, it appears to produce very few (if any at all) side effects. This makes it an inexpensive and safe option for many people to at least try and to see for themselves if this adaptogen will really provide the benefits they desire or require.

From improving work capacity to decreasing recovery time, quality Rhodiola supplements appear to have specific properties that translate to increase overall physical performance, especially in rigorous or stressful circumstances. Read on to learn more about the research on rhodiola rosea’s effects on physical work capacity and what doctors Richard Brown, Patricia Gerbarg and Zakir Ramazanov have concluded or suggested from with this research. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea Effects On Central Nervous System

With research that began five decades ago and refined in the recent decade, we learn more and more about how rhodiola rosea effects the central nervous system. It is its effects on the central nervous system that is at the center of both the side effects and the many hopeful benefits of rhodiola. From animal research to more evolved clinical trials with humans, the many effects and benefits have become evident.

Many will find this information a little confusing or overwhelming, so I encourage you to bookmark this essay and return to it to properly digest its different parts. In the future I will try to expand on individual parts with more accessible examples and explanations.

From it’s ability to slow how your brain metabolizes serotonin and dopamine to its ability to reduce the brain blood barrier for precursors DA and 5-HT, rhodiola rosea seems to not only have beneficial properties of its own, but it appears it might help patients deal with the consequences of other necessary medications. Read on to learn more about how researchers think this extrac works in this comprehensive essay on Rhodiola Rosea effects on the central nervous system. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea Pharmacological and Clinical Case Studies

If you are considering Rhodiola Rosea, you may want some reassurance that it actually works. With relatively mild herbal remedies like this you can’t reasonably expect it to completely change your life, but you may be surprised how many worthwhile uses have been observed in carefully managed clinical studies. This adaptogen is thought to provide a number of benefits from treating mild depression, to providing greater focus and energy, to helping patients cope with chemotherapy.

One of the reasons you may consider taking this extract is that it features a remarkably low toxicity and even among other natural and safe alternative remedies there are remarkably few side effects. With a low measured toxicity and very few reported problems, R. rosea makes for a very safe option for many people. Read on to learn more about the many observed benefits to supplementing one’s lifestyle with Rhodiola Rosea. Continue reading

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.

Read on to develop a better understanding modern research for the modern uses of this potent adaptogen. Continue reading