Rhodiola rosea is a plant that grows in high altitudes in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, China, Mongolia, Russia, and Tibet. Rhodiola has been traditionally used to treat symptoms of stress and sickness in the harsh Siberian climate. Rhodiola is commonly used today for increasing energy levels and decreasing mental fatigue.
Rhodiola is known as an adaptogen, which means that it enables the body to maintain physiological balance during times of physical or mental stress. Rhodiola weakly inhibits the enzymes MAO(A) and MAO(B), which in turn leads to an increase of available serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. It also influences the body’s opioid peptides which can help one relax by triggering endogenous beta-endorphins. Rhodiola has an overall positive effect on learning, memory, energy and stress management with few if any side effects. Rhodiola is a true adaptogen and is a great daily supplement, but also serves as an excellent companion herb, often boosting the effects of others, especially those that interact with serotonin and dopamine receptors such as Ginkgo biloba, Kanna, St. John’s Wort, Catuaba, Muira puama, Mucuna pruriens, & caffeine-containing herbs.
stimulant, adaptogenic, anxiolytic, memory enhancement, neurotrophic, analgesic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular support, antioxidant, hepatoprotective
rosiridin, rosavin, rosarin, rosin, rhodioloside, tyrosol, and salidroside (there are also many other compounds of Rhodiola that seem inactive alone, but when taken as a whole herb show synergistic activity)