Posted by TamaraJ on March 19, 2005, at 18:34:32
In reply to Lowering cortisol, posted by Lushkins on March 18, 2005, at 12:23:58
There are the two obvious supplements that you should be taking to lower cortisol - Vitamin C (mega doses - I personally take between 2,000 and 3,000 mgs daily) and B-Complex.
In addition, another nutrient that can regulate cortisol levels is Vitamin B1 (Thiamin). So, you can add extra B1 to your B-Complex. Anywhere between 100 mg - 500 mg could be beneficial. Thiamin has no known toxicity. Anyways, as I understand it, taking high doses of B vitamins is not problematic since Bs are water-soluble and any excess would be peed out.
In addition, Acetyl L-Carntine (ALC) is said to lower cortisol levels. Extract: "ALC inhibits the excessive release of Cortisol in response to Stress and inhibits the depletion of Luteinising Hormone Releasing Hormone (LHRH) and Testosterone that occurs as a result of excessive Stress".
Another supplement you might want to try is phosphorylated serine. What I had read is that this supplement works by reducing the ACTH (pitutiary) messages that order the adrenals to release emergency amounts of cortisol and DHEA. This supplement is contraindicated for those with impaired kidney function, when taken with chocolate, caffeine, and other adrenergic agonist and alkaloid stimulant use, as well as for pregant and lactating women.
I hope you can lower your coritsol levels with natural supplements and vitamins instead of having to resort to steroids.
All the best to you,
> Just got some blood results back from my PDoc. Everything is bang in the normal range apart from cortisol which is very very high. I know this is the "stress hormone" and that I probabily need to chill out some but was wondering if there is anything I can do in terms of diet or supplements. Cutting back on caffine and sugar comes to mind, but I was hoping there may be something else I can do. He said that I could go on some type of steroids but he didn't want me to beacuse that can really change a person in many ways. He is also pleased with my progress since increasing lamictal from 150mg to the magic 200mg which so many people on various boards find relieve. But while this has relieved some depression the anxiety is still there and I think this is mainly caused by too much cortisol.
> Thanks Lushkins