Cortisol Supplements: How They Treat Low Adrenal Gland Function

Cortisol supplements are most often prescribed as a way to treat low adrenal gland function. Cortisol is sometimes referred to as the "stress hormone," as it is produced naturally by the body's adrenal gland in response to stress. It causes a number of physiological changes, including changes in insulin levels, blood pressure, and immune system activity.

While too much cortisol can be harmful, too little cortisol can be equally problematic. People with adrenal insufficiency do not produce enough cortisol and may experience symptoms like muscle weakness and fatigue, depression, mood and personality changes, weight loss, kidney failure, and other serious symptoms.

If you search the Internet for cortisol supplements, you're likely to find a large variety of supplements advertised for their ability to change your body's cortisol levels. Many of these supplements are designed to reduce cortisol levels, typically as a way to manage stress or lose weight. Others are touted for their ability to boost cortisol levels and treat adrenal fatigue. Cortisol replacement therapy can only be prescribed by a physician, and it is wise to speak to your doctor before treating your symptoms with a cortisol supplement of any sort.

Photo: Max Pixel

Anxiety Support Groups

More Articles

Aromatherapy for anxiety may be a useful natural remedy in helping ease symptoms. Aroma means a pleasant or agreeable odor arising from plants,...

The antidepressant Nardil, in the class of antidepressants known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), is also frequently prescribed as a...

This article was written for Living With Anxiety by Sam Kaplan, a student at Colby College. This is his story of life with a panic disorder....

People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) may experience heightened levels of anger, and this emotion can worsen symptoms associated with the...

Fresh out of college and searching for her first real job, Lauren had interviews lined up and was ready to prove herself in the big leagues. Yet,...

More Articles

Children with social phobias are more likely to be judged as less attractive by their peers than those without anxiety disorders, according to a...

The University of Central Florida newspaper published an article about an interesting clinical trial at the UCF Anxiety Disorders Clinic in the...

A study from Deakin University that looked at 3,000 Australian adolescents has revealed that mental health in adolescents over time could be...

Researchers at the University of Utah's Pain Research Center have released the results of a new study that reinforces the notion that music can...

The phrase “natural remedy” means different things to different people, but people searching for natural remedies for anxiety attacks are usually...

When you consider common symptoms of anxiety, such as a pounding heart, sweating, and dizziness or lightheadedness, it seems obvious that anxiety...

Aromatherapy for anxiety may be a useful natural remedy in helping ease symptoms. Aroma means a pleasant or agreeable odor arising from plants,...

How much does the mental health of an expectant father influence the emotional and behavioral development of his unborn child? Norwegian...

A couple dozen people are waiting to board a plane, and at the last minute the flight is delayed...

One person immediately runs up to the...

According to Oliver Robinson and colleagues at the University of Greenwich in London, young adults between the ages of 25 and 35 are vulnerable to...

Although there is no magic wand to wave and dispel chronic anxiety, we can do our best to avoid habits that make anxiety worse.

By...

The fourth version of the diagnostic manual for mental disorders, or DSM-IV, has now been replaced by a fifth revision, called the DSM-5.

...

Prior research into obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has found it very difficult to conclusively prove the link between hypersensitivity and...

I hope if you made it this far, that the information I have provided has begun to help you as far as an understanding anxiety disorder. I can't...

Panic is real, and panic disorder is considered to be an illness. A panic attack is very painful and feelings of depression and helplessness may...