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Poor adrenal function is an underrecognized problem affecting many in modern society. Various terms have been coined to describe this phenomenon, including “adrenal fatigue” in popular terms, as well as “subclinical hypoadrenalism” or “mild adrenocortical deficiency (MAD)” in medical terms. Today, MAD or adrenal fatigue remains a diagnosis unrecognized by medical professionals at large; however, it has remained a mainstay of complementary medicine to describe the long-term effects of stress on the body.
The adrenal glands produce several hormones; however, the focus here is on cortisol, popularly known as “the stress hormone,” which is produced by the adrenal cortex. Cortisol is responsible for helping the body adapt to stress.
General Adaptation Syndrome
In the 1950s, Hans Seyle articulated the concept of the general adaptation syndrome. According to this model, there are three stages to any stress response. The first, immediate reaction is the alarm phase. In this stage, the organism must decide whether to fight or flee, and cortisol facilitates the body’s metabolic needs. For instance, cortisol raises blood glucose and blood pressure; drives blood flow away from digestive organs to the heart, lungs, and skeletal muscles; and suppresses immune function and other nonvital activities. The second stage is resistance, during which the organism must maintain its initial reaction until the threat diminishes. The third phase is resolution.
According to this model, if the resistance phase persists over time, the organism’s resources are exhausted. The adrenal glands are “burnt out” and are no longer able to maintain sufficient cortisol output, and other vital nutrients of the body are also consumed. Historically, such a situation would not ideally be a frequent occurrence; however, with the advent of modern society, where stressors are less of an immediate threat and instead tend to be long-term comorbidities, this situation arises very commonly. The modern burden of stressors consists of long, aggravating commute times and extended work hours, combined with family responsibilities, insufficient sleep, poor diet, and little time for physical activity, leisure, or time spent in nature.
Symptoms of mild adrenocortical deficiency include fatigue, weakness, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, salt craving, hypotension or orthostatic hypotension, hypoglycemia, hyperpigmentation of the skin, decreased body hair in women, poor immune function, and poor tolerance to stress or exertion.
Several physicians have documented clinical benefit from the specific use of low-dose cortisol in conditions such as inflammatory arthritis; inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, allergies, asthma, lupus, ulcerative colitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic viral infection, and hypoglycemia; and other chronic inflammatory diseases. The use of cortisol must be restricted to prescription use only. A safer way to support adrenal function is to supply the nutrients and precursors required for healthy adrenal function and cortisol synthesis. This is the basis behind the use of adrenal glandular. An analogy is the use of thyroid glandular (a.k.a. Armour® Thyroid) to correct hypothyroidism. Vitazan Professional’s Adrenal supplies 200 mg of adrenal glandular per tablet.
Adrenal concentrate is made from clean “lyophilized” bovine adrenal. “Lyophilized” simply means a freeze-drying process of the adrenal glands in the raw state, which provides the highest levels of biological activity.
Adults: Take 1 capsule daily or as directed by your health-care practitioner. If you are taking other medications, take this product a few hours before or after them.
Duration of use: Consult a health-care practitioner for prolonged use.
Cautions and warnings:
Cautions and warnings: Consult a health-care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not use if you have hypokalemia, high blood pressure, or a kidney or cardiovascular disorder.
|Each vegetable capsule contains:|
|Adrenal concentrate (3:1) (from Sus scrofa)||200 mg|
|Vitamin C||6 mg|
|Other ingredients: Peppermint leaves, vegetable magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, and microcrystalline cellulose in a non‑GMO vegetable capsule composed of vegetable carbohydrate gum and purified water.|