For those who suffer from adrenal fatigue or reduced cortisol levels, Isocort is an excellent remedy. It is a supplement made from fermented plant derived cortisol and echinacea purpurea extract. When the adrenals are dysfunctional, too much adrenaline is produced. This results in anxiety, increased heart rate and more stress on the adrenals. More symptoms resulting from reduced cortisol production:
- Difficulty rising from sleep in the morning
- Cravings for food
- Feelings of anxiety
- No energy
To determine the need for treatment, a 24-hour saliva test is given. The readings from the test indicate the level of cortisol. If the level is low, a standardized dose of Isocort can return the cortisol that the slow adrenal/HPA function is not producing.
If the individual was hypothyroid for several years, taking T-4-only medications or experienced chronic stress of any kind, the adrenals have been working overtime to keep him/her going with extra cortisol and adrenaline. Other factors that could have stressed the adrenals are a poor diet, periods of chronic life stress and exposure to toxins.
Plant vs. Animal Based Cortisol
For years, Isocort was made solely from the adrenal cortex, mainly from New Zealand sheep. The product changed in 2011 from a bovine adrenal cortex to a fermented plant-derived cortisol. The new plant based version is expected to be as effective as the animal-based product used in the past.
The future of medicine is expected to be based solely in botanical and plant-derived drugs. These natural alternatives are expected to increase from $19.5 billion in 2008 to $32.9 billion in 2013, a compound annual growth rate of 11 percent.
Why Treatment is Essential
Isocort supplements have been useful as a short-term therapy. Their objective is to allow the adrenals time to completely rest and reset themselves. The importance of this supplemental treatment cannot be overstated. The adrenals respond to the conditions people find themselves in. They respond to external stimuli by regulating the body in three ways:
- They provide that surge of adrenaline needed in an emergency.
- They tell the body to hold onto the fat because the body hasn't taken in any food all day.
- They provide the insulin surge people need to deal with a sweet donut they ate.