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How Rhodiola Helps Improve Adrenal Health

How Rhodiola Helps Improve Adrenal Health

Poor adrenal gland health can cause the adrenal glands to produce too much or too little cortisol which can contribute to fatigue and anxiety.

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.

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.6

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.7,8

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.9

In another study, rhodiola extract was shown to reduce stress induced fatigue in healthy physicians during night shifts.10

Additional studies also support rhodiola reducing fatigue.11,12


Rhodiola can help reduce stress, fatigue and promote adrenal health.

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