Rhodiola heterodonta

What is it? Rhodiola is a herb/plant that grows in the cold mountains of Europe and Asia. The plant is yellow in color, and the root of the plant is used for medicinal purposes. Other names for it include rose root, golden root, king’s crown, and arctic root.

People in Russia, and other European countries used the herb to reduce stress, treat anxiety and depression. In the United States and in the modern era, it’s used as a dietary supplement. Results on the limited research of Rhodiola has shown promising results, however, more-long term research is needed to know its effectiveness.

How does it work? Rhodiola has over 140 active ingredients in it’s root. Rhodiola’s main method of action is similar to Ashwaganda, in the way that it’s also an adaptogen which means it helps the body adapt to outside stressors. This ability, however, has not been confirmed by large, well-thought out studies.

What are the benefits?

  • Adaptogen effects that can reduce stress
  • May reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • One helpful effect that was found in the smaller studies is that one of Rhodiola’s active ingredients, salidroside, might help with binge eating disorders.
  • Reduction in stress, depression and anxiety means more energy which can reduce fatigue and tiredness

How is it consumed? Rhodiola is available in powdered forms, liquid extracts, dried herbs and mainly capsule form.

WebMD – Rhodiola
7 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Rhodiola rosea
The Effects of Rhodiola rosea L. Extract on Anxiety, Stress, Cognition and Other Mood Symptoms
Stress management and the role of Rhodiola rosea: a review
Therapeutic effects and safety of Rhodiola rosea extract WS® 1375 in subjects with life-stress symptoms–results of an open-label study