Rhodiola rosea is a stress-busting supplement that by goes by several names, including arctic root, roseroot, king’s crown and golden root. (2) What does rhodiola do to the body to help make it more capable of dealing with stress?
As an “ergogenic aid” and an adaptogen— or a “natural herbal product that is non-toxic in normal doses, that produces a non-specific response, and that has a normalizing physiologic influence”— rhodiola is very helpful for improving both physical and mental energy and for fighting the negative effects of stress. (3) It helps body adapt to stress by decreasing or preventing hormonal changes tied to prolonged stress. Research suggests that some of the ways it does this is by acting on beta-endorphins and opioid neuropeptides to enhance stress tolerance and by positively affecting other stress adaptation factors. (4)
Rhodiola has been proven to have at least four major health benefits. The top rhodiola uses include:
Helping to lower the “stress hormone,” cortisol
Fighting depression and improving brain function
Supporting weight loss and helping to burn visceral/belly fat
Increasing energy and athletic performance, while reducing mental and physical fatigue