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What is rhodiola?

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Rhodiola is a plant, and the root is used to produce medication. People sometimes use rhodiola to treat conditions such as cancer, diabetes, depression, high cholesterol and tuberculosis. Rhodiola may help prevent cell damage; however, as of 2014, there is not enough scientific support to prove rhodiola’s effectiveness, says WebMD.

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Rhodiola is most likely safe if taken in by mouth for a short period of time, according to WebMD. The side effects and interactions of rhodiola are unknown as of 2014. Rhodiola goes by many other names, including arctic root, golden root, king’s crown, orpin rose, rosewort and rose root.

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