Rhodiola rosea is known as a golden or arctic root and belongs to the plant family of Crassulaceae, subfamily of Sedoideae, and genus Rhodiola. R. rosea is widely distributed in the Arctic and mountainous regions throughout Europe and Asia. It is a popular plant in traditional medical systems and has been used to stimulate the nervous system, decrease depression, enhance work performance, and prevent high altitude sickness. It was reported that R. rosea ingestion can improve cognitive function, reduce mental fatigue, promote free radical mitigation, have antioxidative and neuroprotective effects, increase endurance performance, and enhance learning and memory. R. rosea may play a role in the amelioration of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, via its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.
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