Benefits at a Glance
An important stress-relieving botanical
- a brain adaptogen to help cope with stress
- enhances mood, sleep, and mental focus
- to promote exercise performance
- supports normal levels of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) – serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine
Rhodiola rosea has been extensively studied in Russia and Scandinavian countries for over 35 years and is categorized as an adaptogen because of its ability to increase resistance to chemical, biological, and physical stressors. Rhodiola has been found to inhibit stress-induced depletion of important brain neurotransmitters. The adaptogenic properties of Rhodiola are attributed primarily to this ability to influence the levels and activity of neurotransmitters and the amino acids that mimic the effect of opiates in the brain, such as the beta-endorphins. Because it is an adaptogen, Rhodiola has the potential to normalize neurotransmitters in the central nervous system without causing drowsiness or fatigue. In other words, it helps maintain normal levels of brain chemicals but, when they are already normal, Rhodiola will not further affect them.
Russian studies suggest a positive role for Rhodiola in situations characterized by a decline in work performance, poor appetite, sleep disturbances, irritability, and fatigue. Studies have found improved mental performance in physicians on night duty who were supplemented with Rhodiola. Medical students given Rhodiola during exam periods reported improved concentration and performance, as well as enhanced well-being, improved sleep, and greater mood stability.
In addition to aiding sleep, Rhodiola can enhance mood and decrease occasional episodes of worry and nervousness, allowing for more efficient functioning under stressful conditions.
Why take Rhodiola?
Here are a few of the benefits of taking Rhodiola: Improves energy: Rhodiola increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of our red blood cells, making it particularly effective at increasing energy, vitality and stamina during times of stress. Improves the body and mind’s ability to handle stress: Rhodiola has a calming effect on our body and mental state because of an ability to reduce cortisol, one of our major stress hormones. Through reducing cortisol and balancing the endocrine system, rhodiola helps to not only reduce this constant release of cortisol, but also to balance and heal the whole communication network. Helps you burn abdominal fat. So, not only does Rhodiola reduce the cortisol and blood sugar aspect of the belly fat equation, but it also turns on an enzyme called 'hormone-sensitive lipase', a substance which allows your body to access and utilize the fat stored in abdominal cells. Improves memory and focus. From the mental side of things, Rhodiola also increases the sensitivity of your neurons to the presence of dopamine and serotonin, two neurotransmitters involved in focus, memory, pleasure, and mood. NOTE: If you're going to take Rhodiola, just make sure to get a supplement that is guaranteed Siberian-grown. Because the plants need exposure to stress in order to develop these compounds (called Rosavins), the ones that are grown in more temperate or hospitable places don’t work. Special Concerns:
- If you are taking prescription or non-prescription medications, have a pre-existing medical condition, or are pregnant and/or breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking any dietary supplement.
- Do not take if there is an allergy to any component of this dietary supplement.
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Amount per serving
Rhodiola extract (root)
Other ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule, Leucine, Silicon Dioxide. Rhodiola standardized to Total Rosavins 3%
Dosage and use
- Take 1 capsule two to three times daily or as recommended by a health-care practitioner.
- This product is contraindicated in an individual with a history of hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.
- If pregnant, consult your health-care practitioner before using this product.
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DISCLAIMER: Statements made are for educational purposes and have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition or disease, please talk to your doctor prior to using the recommendations given.