Rhodiola is a plant used in traditional medicine in the arctic regions of America, Europe, and Asia that is used to enhance physical and mental performance, stimulate the nervous system, and fight depression.

Rhodiola rosea supports the functioning of the adrenal glands and encourages a healthy response to physical, emotional and mental stress by supporting cortisol levels and other stress-related hormones. If used regularly, Rhodiola rosea functions to support the body’s natural resistance and adaptation to stressful influences.* Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated a positive effect of Rhodiola root extract on a healthy mood.

Rhodiola may improve physical and mental performance by reducing fatigue caused by stress, but it may also interact with some prescription medications.

Rhodiola is used in traditional medicine in Eastern Europe and Asia as a stimulant, to improve performance, and to reduce fatigue and depression. Some pilot studies in humans do support these claims, but more studies are needed. Although drug interactions are not well documented, rhodiola may interact through some pathways the body uses to metabolize prescription medications. Therefore, patients should ask their doctor before taking rhodiola supplements.

●  Depression Human studies showed that rhodiola may improve anxiety or mild to moderate depression. Further research is needed.

●  Fatigue Several studies found that rhodiola can reduce fatigue under stressful conditions.

●  Performance Rhodiola improved exercise capacity and mental performance in human studies