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Rhodiola: benefits and dosage of the famous ‘golden root’

An adaptogen plant used for centuries by those living in cold climates, rhodiola offers many advantages for health. Discover now the benefits of this arctic root, a plant of significant scientific interest.
Golden root of the anti-depressant Rhodiola rosea
The golden root of rhodiola has a long history of use among those living in Nordic regions.
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What exactly is Rhodiola rosea?

Rhodiola rosea, also known as simply rhodiola, roseroot, golden root and arctic root, is a perennial plant indigenous to the world’s colder regions. It thus grows in the Arctic, in mountainous areas of central Asia and in Northern Europe.

It has traditionally been used by the Vikings, Inuits, and Sami (or Laplanders)... as well as by practitioners of Chinese medicine.

Composition of the ‘arctic root’ or ‘golden root’

Rhodiola contains various active ingredients, including in particular:

It also contains flavonoids, essential amino acids and a number of minerals and vitamins.

The only part of the rhodiola plant which is consumed and used in phytotherapy is the root (hence its alternative names of ‘golden root’ and ‘arctic root’). A number of scientists have now succeeded in identifying its beneficial properties.

Multiple benefits of the adaptogen Rhodiola rosea


Dosage: how much rhodiola should you take a day?

This arctic root can be taken in the form of a herbal tea or decoction, in which case consume 300-550 mg a day, spread over 3 cups a day, for a period of one week, followed by a week’s break.

However, the simplest way to consume rhodiola is to take pre-dosed capsules, which avoids the risk of taking too much. Choose a supplement such as Rhodiola rosea, which provides 600 mg of Rhodiola rosea a day, standardized to 5% rosavin. For maximum benefit, take one capsule before breakfast, and one before lunch.

Other supplements that contain Rhodiola rosea

If you’d like to benefit from several adaptogen plants at the same time, opt for a synergistic formulation (such as Adaptix, which contains Rhodiola rosea, astragalus, schisandra...)

If you’re feeling stressed, you could also try the formulation Adrenal Support. Along with rhodiola, it contains tulsi which helps protect against the effects of stress, and eleutherococcus, another excellent adaptogen.

Do you spend hourstossing and turning in bed? Do you wake up constantly during the night and get up each morning feeling increasingly tired? As well as containing Rhodiola rosea, the supplement Natural Sleep Formula has a high hop and valerian content, which helps promote good quality sleep.

Caution: rhodiola is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or for those suffering from kidney disease or cirrhosis.


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