Rhodiola rosea (also called Golden Root) first originated in the mountains of northern Europe and Asia. In the course of its evolution, this robust plant has adapted to the harsh conditions of its high altitude habitat by producing a group of powerful protective compounds that have many beneficial effects in humans.
Rhodiola rosea has a history and heritage spanning many centuries. Records show that it was prized for its medicinal properties by the Ancient Greeks and used by the Vikings to enhance strength and endurance. Chinese emperors funded expeditions to find the Golden Root from which medicines were prepared. In 1775 it was included in the first Swedish medical handbook. In more modern times, extracts of the plant were given to Russian astronauts to cope with the psychological strains of space travel and were used by Olympic athletes for boosting performance and endurance.
Today, the use of Rhodiola rosea is backed up by a wealth of published research and is endorsed by many physicians and scientists. Extracts of the plant have been shown among other things to reduce the release of stress hormones and to improve the resilience and mental performance of students undergoing exams and physicians on night duty.
People with stress symptoms (such as irritability, a feeling of being remote-controlled or exhaustion) as well as those suffering from symptoms of chronic fatigue can benefit from Rhodiola rosea treatment. Even people with depression and anxiety disorders responded positively in clinical studies with Rhodiola rosea.