What is Rhodiola?Rhodiola is the shortened name of the formal plant species, rhodiola rosea, from which rhodiola (sometimes known as golden root) comes from. The plant flowers with yellow or yellowish-green flowers (and in rare cases, a reddish-yellow), and grows to about a foot in height when it is fully mature. The Rhodiola itself comes from the root, usually as an extract – through the root, leaves, and chutes can be eaten, and have all been used in traditional medicine to varying degrees. The plant grows in arctic-like regions of northern hemisphere countries, so it is unsurprising that it is most popular in traditional medicine in Russia and Scandinavian countries. It is important to note that rhodiola is also sometimes known as arctic root (again, not surprising based on where it grows), but the term arctic root is actually a trademarked name of a specific commercial extract of rhodiola, and not a generic term like golden root, or, more properly, rhodiola.
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What is Rhodiola Used For?As mentioned above, the modern supplemental use is mostly focused on fighting fatigue, helping with endurance, energy levels, stamina, and athletic performance. There are also many other purported positive effects. It has been known to work to help fight the symptoms of altitude sickness or other environmental adaptation issues, and is sometimes given the term of being an “adaptogen.” These adaptogen effects are not limited to altitude sickness, and a wealth of uses in fighting physical, chemical, and environmental stresses on the body have been proposed. There is some dispute as to whether or not this can be scientifically validated, but anecdotal and individual evidence strongly supports it's benefit in this regard. There is much stronger substantiation for the main use, supplementing for energy and fatigue. While on a low calorie diet like the HCG Drops Diet a person can have low energy and rhodiola is very helpful with this and it's included in Access HCG Drops.
What is the Typical Dosage?It is typically supplied in oral tablet or capsule form. The most common dosage rates range from 250 mg to 1000 mg. It is recommended by most practitioners to start at the lowest possible dosage, as everyone can respond differently to it in terms of effect and side effects. Combo packs are available in some locales, with rhodiola added to a number of other herbs and natural remedies, including ginseng, maca, suma, astragalus, and many others.
What are the Side Effects of Rhodiola?Despite being a natural root, has some potential side effects. It is important to remember that it has been used in traditional medicine for hundreds, if not thousands, of years in many cases, by different cultures around the planet, and are often eaten raw in some places. While modern Western medicine has not validated many of the effects, as an alternative treatment or nutritional supplement, many people swear by the positive benefits. Nevertheless, the most common side effects include:
- Dizziness or a feeling of light-headedness or vertigo
- Dry mouth
- Excessive saliva production (kind of the opposite of dry mouth)
- May worsen autoimmune conditions in some people
- May reduce blood sugar levels
- May lower blood pressure