What is RHODIOLA ROSEA?
Uses and Benefits
The Different Species of Rhodiola
Choose Only Rhodiola Rosea
Simply put, there are many species of Rhodiola, but Rhodiola rosea is unique. Why?
Because of Rosavins, if you are using other species such as Rhodiola crenulata or Rhodiola integrifolia, which are much more common, the root or products derived from it will not have the same healing benefits as Rhodiola rosea.
Why Are Rosavins Important?
Uses and Benefits
Rhodiola rosea also contains numerous poly-phenol compounds which can contribute to many of the health benefits associated with anti-oxidants.
Many products are standardized with a fixed ratio of rosavins and salidroside with both groups of compound contributing to the reported benefits. A common standardized ratio is 3% rosavins to 1% salidroside. However there are products which contain only salidroside and these products will be different and may often be sourced from other species like Rhodiola crenulata.
Rhodiola rosea also contains various essential oils that give the plant a wonderfully pleasant rose fragrance that is very apparent when consumed as a tea. Try a cup of our ARRGO tea and see for yourself.
What Kind of Products Are Available
Regardless of the product, it is best to start with good quality Rhodiola rosea from a traceable source, such as that supplied by ARRGO.
When purchasing these products, it is important to know what the extract inside is – an effective product will contain an extract with rosavin. As the nutraceutical market is largely unregulated, many products on the market do not contain the listed ingredients. Being diligent on the source of rosavins will ensure an effective product.
RHODIOLA ROSEA is engdangered
Because of the vast array of health benefits that Rhodiola rosea can provide, indiscriminate harvesting of roots from the wild has forced the plant onto the Red List of endangered species in many European countries.
- In areas of Northern Canada Rhodiola rosea grows wild, but in this severe climate, small plants can be 100 years or older.
- In sub-alpine climates, such as specific areas in Alberta, Rhodiola rosea thrives and will take five years or more to mature before harvest.
- ARRGO Rhodiola Rosea is grown on a sustainable basis using Good Agriculture Collection Practices; its supply is fully traceable.