Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) is indigenous to the Arctic and Alpine regions of Europe, Asia and America and has long been used as a tonic by many cultures, including the Ancient Greeks. Rhodiola is generally known as an “adaptogen,” a term which refers to any agent possessing the ability to support the body’s natural capacity to adapt to life’s changing conditions. NOW® Rhodiola is standardized to 3% total rosavins and 1% salidroside. Rhodiola’s most active compound is rosavin which has been shown to trigger a fat-burning response and help normalize cortisol levels. Rhodiola may help increase stamina by increasing red blood cell count and lowering oxidative damage. Because Rhodiola helps fight physical and mental fatigue, via its ability to support cellular energy, it a can help overcome exhaustion from the home or work environment as well as improving athletic performance.
In clinical trials Rhodiola has shown to increase levels of mental performance, improve cognitive functioning and aid in preventing anxiety and depression.