1) Glucocorticoids (Cortisol) – blood sugar regulation
2) Mineralocorticoids (Aldosterone) – salt and water balance
3) Sex hormones – DHEA, testosterone
Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency: ·
- Fatigue – specifically in the afternoon
- Dizziness upon standing
- Poor stress tolerance
- Brain fog
- Anxiety and/or depression
Diet and Hormone Imbalance
Low dose bio-identical hormones:
- Hydrocortisone (cortisol)
- DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)
ACE Control – A pure and highly concentrated adrenal gland extract. This is used to nourish the adrenal glands back to health and reverse autoimmune attacks against the adrenals (oral tolerance). Dose: 1 to 4 daily.
Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) – This vitamin forms the basic structure of Acetyl Coenzyme A, the molecule that carries the fragments of glucose and fat in to the chemical cycles to be burned for energy. Dose: 500 mg. Two or three times daily.
Blood Sugar Support:
Chromium Picolinate – This mineral is part of the glucose tolerance factor (GTF) which is needed for proper binding of insulin with the insulin receptor on the cell surface. Both diabetics and hypoglycemic patients benefit from this mineral. Dose: 500 µg to two for daily.
Cinnamon – this polyphenol contained within cinnamon tree bark also makes insulin work more effectively. Our colleague Dr. Richard Anderson of the USDA has shown that in addition to its effect on regulating blood sugar, it also breaks up Tau proteins in the brain cells of Alzheimer's patients. The dose has been shown in both animal and human experiments to be 1 g( 1000 µg) three times a day.
Lithium Orotate – there is evidence that this metal helps regulate blood sugar and also encourages growth of new brain cells. As a result it helps people with depression and degenerative brain diseases (Parkinson's disease, dementia, M.S. et al.). We use the small dose of 10 mg twice daily. This dose is small enough that we do not have to check lithium levels as is necessitated with large doses of lithium carbonate used by psychiatrists.
The use of amino acids
Glutamine – this amino acid serves as the principal fuel source of the cells that line are intestinal tract and can also be easily converted into glucose to maintain blood sugar and energy. It can also be converted into the
neurotransmitter GABA which calms the central nervous system. Glutamine may be used as capsules or powder at the dose of 1000 to 3000 mg three times daily.
Glycine – works in a similar way to glutamine and is itself a relaxant neurotransmitter in the brain. The dose is 500 to 1000 mg three times daily between meals.
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) – these are essential amino acids which are structural building blocks of all tissues. They are also sources of energy when blood sugar falls.
Balanced amino acids – these can be used as an extra source of fully utilizable protein precursors for rebuilding the glands etc. as well as an energy source.
Taurine- Another neurotransmitter in its own right and is very good to stop anxiety. It is a sulfur amino acid and thus will help in detoxification, allergies and inflammation. It is an extremely versatile supplement. Dose 1000 mg three or four times per day. It is non-toxic so you can adjust the dose upward as needed.
Theanine- An amino acid found in green tea. It is a great help for anxiety and sleep problems.