What is Rhodiola Rosea used for?
Rhodiola Rosea is a herb which has a long history of use in arctic regions of Europe and Asia. Rhodiola Rosea tends to grow in really cold areas of the world at high elevations. There is even speculation that Rhodiola Rosea was widely use by the vikings to promote strength and vitality, and even if this is not the case, the adaptogenic effects of Rhodiola extract are believed to support similar benefits.
These effects are often lumped together in a category called adaptogenic effects, and these herbs and compounds that produce these adaptogenic effects are classed as adaptogens.
How does Rhodiola Rosea work?
Rhodiola Rosea contains a whopping 140 beneficial compounds. However, we have targeted the most beneficial components in the Rhodiola extract which are Salidroside, Tyrosol and the Rosavins (Rosin, Rosavin, Rosarin, Rosaridrin). There are large differences in effects between Tyrosol, Salidroside and the Rosavins and thus, extracts are commonly made to focus on either the Salidroside content if they are after an energy-boosting extract or the Rosavins when they are after a more holistic extract that will produce less pronounced energy-boosting effects whilst providing more general health benefits (Rosavins are potent oxidation balancing compounds) and a slightly more relaxed effect which is caused by the calming effects of Rosavins.
Based on this, Rhodiola benefits, when supplementing a high Rosavins extract, mild focus enhancement and an increased capacity to push both your mental capacity at school or at work and your physical capacity in the gym or out on your nearest hiking trail. In particular, Rhodiola benefits seem to be especially prominent at higher altitudes, which is not surprising, since the herb grows at high altitudes.
Why standardize to Rosavins instead of Salidroside
The reason why we decided to encapsulate our 3% Rosavin extract, is because we believe this is our best Rhodiola Rosea extract for daily use and from gathering subjective reports, this Rhodiola rosea extract seem to be anecdotally what the majority of our customers respond the best to. Having the Rhodiola Rosea 3% Rosavin available as capsules makes it very easy to incorporate into a busy lifestyle.
The smaller percentage of Salidroside in the Rhodiola Rosea 3%, which clocks in at an average 1% is significantly lower than the Rhodiola Rosea 3% Salidroside. This causes the Rhodiola Rosea 3% Rosavins extract to be significantly less stimulating whilst still preserving the energy-boosting effects. This is great for individuals who are often times on edge, as the stimulation from the Rhodiola Rosea 3% Salidroside can sometimes be too much for someone who isn’t engaging in very demanding physical activity.
Rhodiola Rosea Dosage for Capsules
As a dietary supplement, take one 500mg Rhodiola Rosea capsule daily.