Would like opinion about adrenal support

Answered on December 19, 2013
Created December 17, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Hello, I would like to ask your opinion about adrenal support while feeling completely exhausted. Can they help the body to restore, or is it more like coffee that gives you the impression of feeling better for a moment, but leaves your body more exhausted than before? Here is the components of a supplement that I tried and seemed to help :

"Wildcrafted Eleuthero root (Eleutherococcus senticosus), Wildcrafted Schisandra fruit (Schisandra chinensis), Certified Organic fresh milky Oat seed (Avena sativa), Wildcrafted Holy Basil herb (Ocimum sanctum), Wildcrafted Devil???s Club root bark (Oplopanax horridus) and Wildcrafted Sarsaparilla root (Smilex ornata)"

I wish to make good decision to help myself finding some energy again; thank you!

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on December 18, 2013
at 12:06 PM

Eleuthero is an adaptogen - a member of the ginseng family.

I'd avoid the oats, they're a grain.

Holy Basil (aka Tulsi) helps calm you down, it works very nicely. I used it as a tea, though stronger extracts of it are available. It will help turn off the signal that sends the adrenals pumping like there's no tomorrow.

I don't know much about the others on your list.

You probably would also want to add in licorice root (the real stuff, not the candy) - it's available as a tea or as a powder. Something like a teaspoon in the morning can be beneficial. It allows your body to not recycle existing cortisol, making it circulate around longer, so that the adrenals don't have to make more. But, if you take too much or for too long, it can raise blood pressure. There's a form of it called DGL that does similar things, without the blood pressure raise. I used the regular stuff for about a week with no ill effect. It's also an antiviral.

You should also take about 800mg of Phosphatidy serine per day as well, ashwaghanda (another adaptogen that's part of the ginseng family) and rhodiola.

Be sure to get a teaspoon of seasalt in water in the morning as well, and try to lower or avoid caffeine intake, or at least supplement with L-theanine or drink green tea throughout the day (no later than 2pm).

Be aware that the thyroid and adrenals cover for each other - if one is low the other will take over, which may be the cause of adrenal stress.

Look for thyroid symptoms such as cold hands and feet, inability to resist cold, a red rash on your neck, thinning hair, thinning outer third of eyebrows, mild sore throat, swolen tongue with tooth marks on the side, holding on to excess water (i.e. you take off your socks and see compression marks above your ankles) - if you see any of these ask your doc for a full thyroid panel.


on December 19, 2013
at 01:59 PM

Ok thank you for this answer. I realise it could be a good idea to explain more in detail my situation and symptoms, what I tried, which results I've got from my experiences and what blood test are saying for now (my thyhroid is supposed to be ok according to blood tests). I will take time to make a good sumarize and post later on. I still hesitate taking supplement on a long term basis, scared to mess my body more than to help... but I guess it will be easier to give opinion with a complete portrait.

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