Rhodiola: The Salidroside-Powered Adaptogen of the Vikings

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So the purpose of this is to achieve optimal salidroside content with a smaller dose/serving? As there are studies showing improved endurance with as little as 200mg of 3% R + 1% S extract, and studies showing improved exam scores and other benefits with as little as 100mg of SHR-5 (~2.8mg salidroside). Regarding the point of diminishing returns, one study on military cadets used either 370 or 550mg of SHR-5, and didn’t note a significant difference between the two doses. Other studies have noted benefits with 170mg SHR-5, so I don’t usually/generally really see a need to go above 370mg of SHR-5, which is pretty much 3% rosavin and 2% salidroside. The 370mg of SHR-5 yielded ~9mg salidroside in said study. So if you’re using a 3% rosavin and 1% salidroside (which is super common) you’d need 900mg, which is admittedly a pretty massive dose. Even with a 3% rosavin and 2% salidroside standardization, you still need 450mg, which is going to take up over half a capsule’s worth of space. So you’d only need 150m of a 6% salidroside extract, which cuts down on the space needed.

That said, there is one study on SHR-5 rhodiola for the treatment of mild to moderate depression that found, while 340mg and 680mg per day both worked, the higher dose had a more significant impact on self-esteem. So there are potential uses of higher doses, but I don’t know how applicable the treatment of depression is to someone using it for endurance or anti-fatigue effects, which we have more studies on using lower doses as mentioned above.

Also, does this new 6% salidroside extract still have at least 3% rosavin? Considering the article said “Rhodiola extracts containing both salidroside and rosavin outperformed the competition” and “80% of the collected samples contained rosavin at levels lower than the clinically suggested 3%,” I’m going to assume it does?

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