Rhodiola Rosea – Natural Alternative to Antidepressants

Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root, Roseroot) is a plant in the Crassulaceae family that grows in cold regions of the world.

Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root)

Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root)

Uses of Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola rosea may be effective for improving mood and alleviating depression. Pilot studies on human subjects showed that it improves physical and mental performance, reduces fatigue, and minimizes high-altitude sickness.

Rhodiola is included among a class of plant derivatives called adaptogens which differ from chemical stimulants, such as nicotine, and do not have the same physiological effects.

In Russia and Scandinavia, Rhodiola rosea, also known as golden root, has been used for centuries to cope with the cold Siberian climate and stressful life. Such effects were provided evidence in laboratory models of stress using the nematode, C. elegans, and in rats in which Rhodiola effectively prevented stress-induced changes in appetite, physical activity, weight gain and the estrus cycle. Read the rest of this entry »