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Micronized Dehydroepiandrosterone, better known as simply DHEA‚ should be understood as being the most abundant adrenal steroid hormone in the body. Our DHEA is made from natural wild yams. DHEA is the key basic material utilized by the adrenal glands for conversion into the all-important steroids: cortisol, testosterone, estrogens, and others. Just as importantly, the adrenals also secret DHEA directly into the blood stream, where similarly distal target cells throughout the body convert it into testosterone, estrogens and other hormones. The amount of each hormone that DHEA creates during the conversion process depends on an individual’s nutrient status‚ stress, age‚ and sex. Normally DHEA levels peak at around age 25‚ and then decline steadily to approximately 20% of normal levels by the Age of 70 (6). For those with additional stress, DHEA will decline more rapidly.*
Therefore, because DHEA serves as a substrate to so many vital steroids essential to adapting to stress, approximately 50% or more of our most stressed patients reveals labs that show DHEA deficiency and are subsequently placed unto DHEA.*
DHEA is a major adrenal hormone which supports the cortisol pathway and fundamental anti-inflammatory mechanisms in the body (12,13). Supplementing with DHEA can promote lean muscle mass, energy, stamina, sexual function, mood, immune function, circulatory health, joint health, hormone levels and more.* Studies suggest that DHEA can aid and facilitate:
DHEA: usage and safety precautions
DHEA-S blood levels should be measured and monitored to determine individual needs. The dosage increases in low adrenal states. The normal dose should be determined after discussion with your health-care provider. The average recommended dose is between 25 mg and 50 mg orally per day either divided in AM and noon or all in the AM.*
Additional support of adrenal function should include 1) optimization of all hormones including thyroid; 2) nutrient measurement and correction of deficiencies; 3) optimizing detoxification and pH; 4) balancing the mind stressors; and 5) reducing the body stressors with oxygenation.
For further information on protocols for the adrenal glands please see
Promotes Healthy Response to Stress
NEW & IMPROVED!!! A comprehensive blend of the highest-quality adaptogenic herbs. These ingredients aid in adrenal hormone production and support the body's adaptogenic response. Also unlike many adrenal formulas on the market, Adrenal Forte is fully vegan.*
A complete adrenal and adaptogenic solution in one bottle! This formula incorporates the latest scientific research on nutrition and metabolic functions. Individual nutrients are formulated for maximum bioavailability, synergy and hormonal activation.* Specific features include:
Cordyceps sinensis (mycelium extract standardized to 7% cordycepic acids) - Both in vitro and in vivo animal studies have confirmed that Cordyceps sinensis helps stimulate adrenal function and promote healthy levels of cortisol production. One controlled, randomized human study showed that Cordyceps sinensis significantly reduced the pro-inflammatory biomarkers IgE, ICAM-1, IL-4, and MMP-9 while also reducing long-standing mild to moderate inflammatory lung conditions. Cordyceps is regarded as a very precious medicinal mushroom in China and other Asian countries. For over 2000 years, Cordyceps sinensis has been used as a tonic, to increase health and vitality, combat aging and help against various age-related diseases. It is a safe, highly valued herb with activities that support nearly every physiological system impacted by the body’s response to normal everyday stressors, including the immune and cardiovascular systems. In addition the cell-protective and antioxidant activities of Cordyceps have been well documented.*
Rhodiola rosea (root extract standardized to 3% rosavin & 1% salidroside) - A number of studies have shown that Rhodiola can dramatically reduce mental and physical fatigue under stressful conditions by increasing the body’s energy levels. It is believed that Rhodiola enhances the body’s tolerance to stress by influencing key brain chemicals, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, and natural feel-good opioids such as beta-endorphins. Recent studies reveal this herb's medicinal properties include anti-aging effects, anti-inflammatory effects and strong anti-stress effects. The main medical constituents of this herb are eight in number, including rosarin, rosavin, rosin, salidroside, tyrosol, rhodionin, catechin and gallic acid. It also possesses several other significant antioxidants. Rodiola stimulates immunity, enhances DNA repair and modulates adaptation to hypoxia and angiogenesis. According to a comprehensive review of the literature on Rhodiola, supplementation provides cognitive stimulation and supports healthy work performance, quality of sleep, emotional calming, appetite, and energy levels subsequent to intense physical or intellectual strain.*
Panax Ginseng - Red Ginseng (root extract standardized to 80% ginsenosides) - Studies show that ginseng and it content of ginsenosides have beneficial effects in supporting the adrenal glands and upregulates genes related to catecholamine production. The herbs also protects the gastric mucosa, and supports healthy body weight and an array of blood hormones. Ginsenosides also support the immune system and have cytokine-modulating activities. has been used in medicine for over 5000 years. In summary, Panax enhances athletic performance, and provides energy to people who are stressed or fatigued.*
Siberian ginseng - Eleutherococcus senticosus/Acanthopanax senticosus (root & stem extract standardized to 0.8% Eleutherosides B & E; ) - Is not actually ginseng, but rather a different plant species. It contains eleutherosides and ciwujianosides as opposed to ginsenosides. Both stimulate cortisol production during exercise, energy and lessen fatigue. Additionally, this herb is well-known to support the immune system. Eleuthero has also been associated with increased mental ability, concentration and greater alertness.*
Ashwagandha - Withania somnifera (root extract standardized to 1.5% Withanolides) - Aswagandha is one of the most vital herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions, but is most well-known for its restorative benefits. It is the ginseng of the Ayurvedic medicine. A comprehensive cortisol study in mice revealed Ashwaganda extract reduced fatigue and increased stamina while increasing levels of circulating cortisol. One recent human clinical study showed that it promoted restoration to healthier levels four adrenal hormones. Specifically in this single case study, Ashwanganda helped normalize 3-β-ol dehydrogenase deficiency and aldosterone synthase deficiency. In general, the herb helps improve physical energy and athletic ability, increase immunity to those common winter challenges and increase sexual capacity and fertility. Ashwaganda seems to show positive effects on the endocrine, cardio, and central nervous systems. It is one herb that could help your body produce its own thyroid hormones.*
Standard Dosage: Take four capsules daily in divided doses or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Kalani A, et al. Ashwagandha root in the treatment of non-classical adrenal hyperplasia. BMJ Case Rep. 2012; 2012: bcr2012006989.
Sudhir S, Budhiraja RD. Comparison of the Protective Effect of Withanferin-A and Hydrocortisone Against CCL4 Induced Hepatotoxicity in Rats. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 1992 Apr;36(2):127-9.
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