Rhodiola Extract

gluten free rhodiola

Rhodiola rosea, also known as Golden Root, is a perennial plant that grows in cold, harsh alpine regions of Europe and Asia. Rhodiola is primarily known as an adaptogen, an herb which increases the resistance of the consumer to a variety of physical, chemical, or biological stressors. Rhodiola works by inhibiting subtype A and subtype B of an enzyme called monoamine oxidase and by affecting opioid peptides (chained amino acids) like beta-endorphin (a neurotransmitter in both the central and peripheral nervous systems). It increases serotonin and dopamine-dependent processes in the central nervous system and stabilizes mood. In addition, rhodiola modulates production of cortisol in adrenal glands. 


Potential side effects:

  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Tremor
  • Agitation

Potential drug interactions:

  • Coumadin
  • Anti-diabetic/glucose lowering drugs
  • Ipratropium (Atrovent)
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • Oxybutynin (Ditropan)
  • Tiotropium (Spiriva)
  • Solifenacin (Vesicare)
  • Tolterodine (Detrol)
  • Ritalin (Methylphenidate)
  • Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine (Adderall)
  • Medications for seizures
  • Medications for Parkinson’s disease

Relative contraindications:

  • Pregnancy
  • Lactation
  • Chronic anticoagulation therapy
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Seizures

Contents: 60 VCaps


Dosage information:

The recommended dosage of rhodiola rosea is 1 capsule 1 to 2 times daily, preferably with food. Those exceeding the recommeded dose must do so under the supervision of their physician due to the increased risk of potential side effects.


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Selected references:

Hung SK, Perry R, Ernst E. The effectiveness and efficacy of Rhodiola rosea L.: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Phytomedicine. 2011 Feb 15;18(4):235-44.


Panossian A, Wikman G, Sarris J. Rosenroot (Rhodiola rosea): traditional use, chemical composition, pharmacology and clinical efficacy. Phytomedicine. 2010 Jun;17(7):481-93.


Parisi A, Tranchita E, Duranti G, Ciminelli E, Quaranta F, Ceci R, Cerulli C, Borrione P, Sabatini S. Effects of chronic Rhodiola Rosea supplementation on sport performance and antioxidant capacity in trained male: preliminary results. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2010 Mar;50(1):57-63.




These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

All information contained on this website is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment or for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

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