Rhodiola Rosea Is Basically Nature’s Chill Pill

WRITTEN BY Allie Flinn

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Get to know the benefits of rhodiola rosea.

As someone who could be described as “perpetually stressed the eff out,” I’ve been exploring natural ways to help handle my anxiety. After all, the harmful effects of stress on your mental and physical health are well-documented.

Enter: adaptogens. These natural herbs and plants help your body adapt to stress so that you’re able better cope. Rhodiola rosea is an adaptogen that’s been clinically studied for its anti-stress abilities. You can find it in HUM’s Big Chill supplement.

Rhodiola Rosea: Stress and Cortisol

Before we get into the anti-stress benefits of rhodiola rosea, it’s important to have a basic understanding of what stress looks like in your body. When you experience stress, your cortisol (aka stress hormone) levels spike, which triggers your adrenal glands and your sympathetic nervous system. It’s your body’s fight-or-flight response, and that in and of itself isn’t a problem. But when cortisol levels remain elevated—such as if you experience chronic stress—it can cause a host of problems. Anxiety, hormone imbalances, chronic fatigue, and weight gain are common side effects.

Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea

So how does rhodiola rosea help with anxiety and stress? Studies show that it helps regulate your body’s production of cortisol, resulting in stress relief. Balanced cortisol levels mean less anxiety and fatigue. You’re likely more motivated to eat better and exercise regularly when you have less stress and more energy.

And the benefits of rhodiola rosea don’t stop there.

During the Cold War, it was studied by Soviet scientists on soldiers and cosmonauts. They found that it helped increase alertness in sleep-deprivation situations, and also had mood-boosting effects. More recent studies suggest that it helps improve mental and physical fatigue, can help boost your memory, and is beneficial in helping with depression. Furthermore, multiple studies have looked at its ability to improve endurance, thanks to its purported benefits of increasing oxygen consumption and decreasing fatigue.

How to Take Rhodiola Rosea

We recommend taking HUM’s Big Chill supplement—which contains 500 milligrams of rhodiola rosea—once a day with food. It can help you feel more calm and less anxious after about 20 minutes. When taken regularly, it can help balance your hormones and cortisol levels.

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