Rhodiola Rosea is one of the only supplements that has worked to reduce my anxiety, and as an added bonus it gave me the energy I needed to get through the day without wanting to lay down and take a nap! After seeing Dr. Oz mention Rhodiola on his show for increased energy, I researched it because I tend to get low levels of energy half way through the day. To my surprise, many people raved about how Rhodiola helped their anxiety and stress levels (I come from a family with high levels of anxiety and all of that anxiety has been passed down to me). I had tried other herbs for my anxiety in the past with mediocre results, so I was curious to see if Rhodiola Rosea would work better. I ordered Gaia Herbs – Siberian Rhodiola Rosea, 60 capsules, which I recommend because of the potency and purity of their products.
I was hesitant to write a positive review about the supplement at first because it made me feel a little jittery, but a few days into taking it, I felt great. After 10 days of taking 1 capsule every morning, I feel that my mood has been significantly improved, negative thoughts have been reduced, and I have so much more energy throughout the day. I also feel that I am more patient and do not stress over little things as easily. In a study, 56 young professionals and students who regularly experienced long hours and sleep disturbances were given Rhodiola Rosea or a placebo for 2 weeks. A statistically significant change in performance of about 20% was observed for participants in the Rhodiola group after the first two weeks. In another study, 91 men and women suffering from mild-moderate depression were given either one of two doses of Rhodiola Rosea or a placebo. Both doses of Rhodiola extract had improvements in overall depression, together with insomnia, emotional instability and somatization with no effects in the placebo group. Another effect that Rhodiola Rosea had on my body that I was not expecting was regulation of my period. In a study, forty women who suffered amenorrhea (loss of menses) were given daily administration of Rhodiola rosea for two weeks and their menses was restored. Subsequently eleven of the women became pregnant.
Rhodiola rosea is considered an adaptogen – which is something that increases one’s ability to adapt to stress. Rhodiola Rosea has been shown to stimulate serotonin, norephinephrine, and dopamine activity. It has also been found to prevent the stress-induced increase of cortisol. The recommended dosage is 100 to 300 mg of Rhodiola Rosea daily, and I recommend that you take it in the morning so you do not experience insomnia. Give the supplement 2-6 weeks to see a noticeable improvement.
I am a graduate of Oakland University in Michigan with a BS in Health Sciences. My studies included Nutrition courses, Community Health courses, Alternative Medicine courses, and Human Anatomy Courses. My studies jump-started my interest in natural and alternative medicine, but my real interest came through my own research and personal use of supplements and natural alternatives. When I am not learning about the world of natural alternatives, I spend my time with my boyfriend of nearly 5 years who I have also put supplements to the test on. I am so excited to be writing this blog to share my research and findings with you and I hope we can all learn something new!