What is Rhodiola Rosea?

What is Rhodiola Rosea?

Rhodiola Rosea Root - Brainpower Nootropics®

Rhodiola Rosea, as known as golden root, arctic root, or king’s crown, is a flowering plant that grows most often in the arctic regions of Europe, North America, and central Asia.

Used for centuries as a remedy for conditions such as anxiety and depression in Russian and Scandinavian countries, Rhodiola Rosea can be considered one of the earliest known natural nootropics (as it’s used in the modern sense).

Although there is yet to be enough scientific evidence to back Rhodiola Rosea’s ability to manage anxiety (although there are some compelling findings), it has been shown in scientific studies to work as an antidepressant in addition to having several other significant benefits.

The Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea

For years, Rhodiola Rosea has been used as a highly effective natural health remedy and supplement. Research has shown that the benefits of Rhodiola Rosea include:

Benefit 1: Supports cognitive function, focus, and mental clarity

Improved cognitive function, focus, and mental clarity are some of the most widely reported benefits of Rhodiola Rosea. And good thing, because these are all critical mental processes that need to be maintained if we hope to do our best work consistently each day.


By jump-starting your mental processes with Rhodiola Rosea, you’re able to be more productive and efficient and that pours over into everything you do.

Benefit 2: Promotes energy and stamina

In addition to mental processes, Rhodiola Rosea has also been shown to help improve critical physical processes such as energy and stamina.


In one study sample including 150 adults, participants were given a Rhodiola Rosea supplement for 30 days. At the end of the study, 66% of participants reported increased energy as well as improved mood. Additional studies from the Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, UCLA, and others have echoed these findings for various physical processes such as energy and stamina.

Benefit 3: Supports healthy stress levels

Rhodiola Rosea has also been shown in clinical studies to minimize the effects of stress.


This, combined with its ability to help improve cognitive function, focus, and mental clarity is an ideal combination of benefits for maintaining your mental well-being in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.

Benefit 4: Enhances athletic performance and endurance

Rhodiola Rosea may be best known for its ability to help us handle the stresses of physical and mental activity, allowing us to maximize our performance in everything that we do.


Studies have shown that Rhodiola helps the body manage fatigue while performing long-lasting low and medium-intensity activities, improving endurance. In addition, it has been shown to increase the body’s ability to maintain effective exercise, improving athletic performance.

Benefit 5: Supports workout recovery

For the same reasons as listed above, Rhodiola doesn’t just improve performance and endurance, it also helps improve recovery from strenuous activity.


This is due in part to its role as an adaptogen, a substance that helps the body deal with physical and mental stressors (which we’ll talk about more in a bit).

Benefit 6: Supports healthy cholesterol levels

If you’re familiar with the effects of stress on cholesterol levels, you won’t be surprised by this one.


Stress has been shown to increase cholesterol significantly, so Rhodiola’s ability to reduce and better manage stress has been shown to effectively reduce cholesterol levels.


Benefit 7: Lessen depression, insomnia, and emotional instability

Remarkably (considering every other benefit already mentioned thus far), Rhodiola Rosea has been shown to be a potentially effective natural antidepressant.


In addition, it’s been shown to reduce insomnia, emotional instability, and other symptoms in patients diagnosed with depression.

Rhodiola Rosea as an Adaptogen

In addition to being a powerful performance enhancer and the benefits listed above, Rhodiola Rosea is highly effective as an adaptogen herb supplement (second only to Ginseng).

Adaptogens have been shown to help the body adapt to various chemical, physical, and environmental stressors by releasing a “normalizing” effect on various bodily processes. This has implications for improved health and performance in virtually everything we do, allowing us to better handle the pressures and stressors of rigorous activity and even better handle feelings of anxiousness.

Brainpower Nootropics’ Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract

Finding a high-quality Rhodiola Rosea nootropic supplement can be difficult.

You have to be especially careful because not all Rhodiola supplements are made equal. The difference in the effect a low-quality Rhodiola vs. a high-quality standardised High Rosavin Rhodiola gives can be considerable.

It’s this difficulty to find a high-quality Rhodiola Rosea supplement in part that inspired us to create our Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract.

Why Ours?:

  • High number of Rosavins: Our Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract has a high amount of Rosavins, including 3% Rosavins (12mg) and 1% Salidrosides (4mg). Rosavins are the useful constituent part of the root. Low Rosavin content usually indicates you won't get any benefit. So buy High!

  • It’s Siberian: We start with the best, so we use only Siberian Rhodiola Rosea ecologically harvested in alpine meadows in Siberia where the highest quality Rhodiola originates from.
  • It’s root extract: The useful compounds are found in the Root of the Herb. Some Rhodiola supplements use plant, which offers little to no benefit! So you’re getting the highest quality, 100% Non-GMO Rhodiola supplement.

  • Non-GMO: We love to keep it natural. So you won't find any Brainpower Nootropics® products using genetically modified ingredients, we keep it just as nature intended.

 Just getting started and have a question? Contact us– we’d love to talk.




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