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Rhodiola Rosea Dosage

Daily Dose of Rhodiola Rosea: 50mg

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Rhodiola Rosea has been used for thousands of years to treat a number of medical conditions. It is widely used to boost strength and help the body recover from stress. Other benefits of Rhodiola are to reduce fatigue, aid in muscle recovery, treat depression and anemia, boost mental, physical, and sexual function, treat or prevent altitude sickness, and even protect the liver. It works because it is an adaptogen, similar to ginseng, meaning it can help the body cope with physical or psychological stress. These adaptogenic effects may help combat stress and enhance athletic performance. However, not very many studies have been done in humans to make this a standard treatment.

Mood disorders are a major health problem around the world. In the United States alone, about 20% of the population is affected by depression. Current medication often comes with unwanted side effects and, most importantly, the efficacy is inadequate and below that of most medications. Because of this, more and more research is being made to find new antidepressants and improve the old ones. Traditional herbal medicines have gained popularity because of fewer side effects, and more and more want to know about their effectiveness. We can see many herbal medicines today that are used to treat depression and anxiety. Besides Rhohiola Rosea, some of the more notable are St. John’s Wort, Lavender, Saffron, and Echium.

Rhodiola Rosea is generally safe and non-toxic with the only possible side effects being irritability and insomnia. In some rare cases it may possibly effect the enzymes used for the breakdown of certain drugs in the body. For this reason, it is best to consult with your doctor if you are taking any other medications when you are planning to take Rhodiola Rosea. According to sources in alternative medicine, the general dose is 200-600mg for fatigue and anti-stress. Even doses as low as 50mg a day are effective enough to prevent fatigue. In clinical trials to treat depression, doses as high as 340-680mg have been used by practitioners.



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