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Initially Posted: 03/18/2016
Rhodiola Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Alphabetical list of rhodiola supplement brands compared in this review

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Bluebonnet Rhodiola Rosea

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Enzymatic Therapy Rhodiola Energy

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Gaia Herbs Rhodiola Rosea

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GNC Herbal Plus Rhodiola Extract

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Herb Pharm Rhodiola

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Nature's Plus Herbal Actives Rhodiola

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Nature's Way Rhodiola Rosea

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New Chapter Rhodiola Force 300

Puritan’s Pride Rhodiola Root Extract

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Solaray Super Rhodiola

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Solgar Rhodiola Root Extract

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Thorne Research Rhodiola

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TwinLab CleanSeries Pre-Workout Activator

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Vitamin World Rhodiola Root

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Summary

  • Health benefits of Rhodiola rosea: Preliminary studies suggest that Rhodiola rosea (R. rosea) may help improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, larger and better controlled studies are needed for confirmation. The evidence is even weaker regarding its ability to reduce physical or mental fatigue and improve athletic performance. (See What It Does)
  • How to choose a Rhodiola product: When choosing a R. rosea product, look for a root extract containing at least 3% rosavins and/or 1% salidrosides — key marker compounds which may also play a role in the herb's activity. (See What It Is)
  • How much Rhodiola should I take? Daily dosage of R. rosea extract typically ranges from 170 mg to 680 mg, which may be divided into two doses per day.
  • What did CL's tests of Rhodiola find? ConsumerLab.com's tests revealed that two products did not contain their listed and/or expected amount of key compounds. (See What CL Found)
  • Best Rhodiola products? Among the eleven products Approved for quality by ConsumerLab.com, two were chosen as Top Picks.
  • Rhodiola safety and side effects: R. rosea is generally well tolerated; mild side-effects such as dizziness, headache, nausea and dry mouth have been reported. However, consult your physician before taking R. rosea if you take anti-depressants or supplements for depression, blood-pressure lowering medication or have low blood pressure, or if you have hypoglycemia or diabetes. (See Concerns and Cautions)
You must be a member to get the full test results for Rhodiola rosea supplements along with ConsumerLab.com recommendations and quality ratings. In this comprehensive review of Rhodiola rosea supplements, you'll get test results and quality ratings for 13 rhodiola products (including four that passed testing in our voluntary Quality Certification Program) and information about a product which is similar to one which passed testing. You'll learn:
  • The clinical evidence for, or against, using rhodiola for treating depression and anxiety, reducing fatigue, and improving athletic performance
  • Which rhodiola supplements failed testing, which passed and, which are ConsumerLab.com's Top Picks
  • The amount of rosavins and salidroside in each rhodiola supplement and how these compare amounts used in clinical studies
  • What to look for on rhodiola supplement labels
  • Rhodiola dosage for specific uses
  • Potential side effects and drug interactions with rhodiola

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