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Science-Based Health Benefits of Rhodiola

Science-Based Health Benefits of Rhodiola

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), also known as golden root or arctic root, is a herb native the cold regions of Europe and Asia where it is used in traditional herbal medicine. Rhodiola is also considered an adaptogen because it can help the body adapt to stress.

As a supplement, it is normally sold as rhodiola extract and standardized to contain a certain percentage of rosavin or salidroside which are the main bioactive compounds. 

Rhodiola extract is included in Adrenal Support by Beyond Vita®.

1. Stress, Fatigue and Adrenal Health

The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis helps to control the body’s stress response including the release of cortisol. Rhodiola has been shown to exert an anti-stress effect on the HPA axis.1

When a person is stressed, their adrenals can produce too much cortisol which can increase their response to stress. Rhodiola has been suggested to have an inhibitory effect on high cortisol levels and studies have shown it can help reduce stress response.2,3

In a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study, researchers found that in burnout patients with stress related fatigue, rhodiola extract had decreased cortisol response to awakening stress.4

In another study, rhodiola extract was shown to reduce stress induced fatigue in healthy physicians during night shifts.5

Additional studies also support rhodiola reducing fatigue.6,7

Rhodiola can help reduce stress and promote adrenal health.

2. Helps Improve Mood

Rhodiola may also help reduce depression by increasing key neurotransmitters in the brain.

In a 6 week randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study with 60 depression patients, researchers found that rhodiola was able to improve depression and increase emotional stability.8

Rhodiola may help improve mood in people with depression.


Rhodiola is an important herb that may help reduce stress and promote adrenal health.*

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