Drug Database - Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola Rosea, Roseroot, Golden Root
Plant / Nutritional Supplement
Rhodiola rosea is a plant in the Crassulaceae family that grows in cold areas around the
world. These regions include much of the Arctic, the Central Asian mountainous areas, the
Rocky Mountains, and the mountainous parts of Europe, such as the Alps, Carpathian
Mountains, Pyrenees, Scandinavia, Iceland, and the British Isles.
Rhodiola rosea has been shown effective in improving mood and alleviating depression.
Research from Russia has shown that it improves both mental and physical performance,
prevents sickness in high altitudes, and reduces fatigue. In one study, the Rhodiola rosea
group decreased proofreading errors by 88% while the control group had an 84% increase in
errors. Rhodiola rosea’s effects are attributed to its ability to optimize serotonin and
dopamine levels and its influence on opioid peptides like beta-endorphins.