Rhodiola Rosea: Hypereffective Adaptogen

Golden Root or Rhodiola Rosea is a plant native to mountainous regions of Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Arctic. It has been used throughout history in those areas to combat fatigue and restore energy.

Recently it has been getting worldwide attention due to its effectiveness as an “adaptogen”. Explaining the effects of the adaptogens is difficult, since each one affects an individual differently. If you are mentally exhausted or physically fatigued an adaptogen will help you feel more energetic and vitalized — but they are not normal stimulants.

One particularly interesting aspect of Rhodiola is that it appears to work differently within the body than other adaptogens such as Siberian ginseng.


Some of the current findings on rhodiola are still preliminary and relate to complex physiological interactions in the body’s chemistry. But put simply, rhodiola appears to work by influencing key central nervous system chemicals — neurotransmitters called monoamines (dopamine and serotonin are examples). An imbalance of monoamines is believed to be involved in several hard-to-treat illnesses, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Other adaptogens, such as Siberian ginseng, seem to boost the body’s reserves by enhancing the output of stress-fighting hormones from the adrenal glands.

“When you see how it works, the effects make sense,” says Dr. Richard Brown of Columbia University, who has given rhodiola to 300 patients for depression and other disorders. “It has no side effects that we’ve noticed — only side benefits.”

Look for Rhodiola rosea — not Rhodiola sacra or any other rhodiola species, as these lack the active rosavin compounds.

Reliable brands at present include Starwest, Arctic Root, Rosavin, Rhodax, Clear Energy and Longevia.

Rhodiola extract is vailable from: Amazon.

Comments 4

  1. I just tried the new Rhodiola product, ENERGY RESERVES, which is from a brand called Verde Botanica (Google it — I bought it from http://www.proactivebio.com). Wow — this is indeed a product which brings all the potential of Rhodiola and other adaptogens to a sharp focus. Very strong improvement in my thinking ability and my energy levels. Great stuff! Dan

  2. I use the products of Proactive Bioproducts and I’ve compared them with all the Rhodiola capsules on the market. They appear to actually work, as opposed to some of the cheaper (and more expensive!) brands that don’t do anything at all for me. I’ve been sticking with the Proactive BioProducts brand now for several months and I am getting consistent results. I stopped my coffee in the morning and feel 100% improved.

  3. Rhodiola Rosea is an incredible product that is also included in Swedish Herbal Institute’s Adapt 232 which I’ve been taking. I have been taking this for about 3 weeks and can notice a drastic change in sustained energy, mood, and immunity. It it is truly an incredible product provided in the US by ProActive Bioproducts (www.proactivebio.com). It was originally developed to provide astronauts with increased productivity!

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