Cortisol Balance™ is ideal for those who have symptoms of chronically elevated cortisol levels because it is designed to promote the lowering of cortisol by assisting regulatory factors in the production of cortisol in the body. Often referred to as the “stress hormone,” cortisol is released in response to stress and is mainly produced by the adrenal cortex (intra-abdominal adipocytes also produce some cortisol).
Normal cortisol levels are not detrimental. Its functions are optimally short-lived and meant to operate just long enough to address the offending stressor. Cortisol is beneficial and protective in controlling blood pressure, blood sugar levels, inflammation as well as strengthening cardiac muscle. A normal cortisol rhythm should peak in the morning hours and then steadily decline through the day with the lowest levels at night. However, when the body experiences chronic stress, the levels increase above optimal range.
If high levels are produced at night, sleeping patterns will be negatively affected. When cortisol levels become high, the message is sent, via the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis/feedback loop, to the hypothalamus and the anterior pituitary that they are being overloaded with cortisol and production needs to shut down.
Repairing the HPA axis and having the production of cortisol be more effectively regulated is what our Cortisol Balance™ formula is designed to address. It contains two of the three adaptogens also found in our “ABC” formula (Ashwagandha and Rhodiola), yet it also includes two HPA axis regulators, Magnolia officinalis and Holy Basil. Phosphatidylserine, 5-HTP, l-theanine, taurine, and Rhodiola are stress-reducing ingredients that balance the equilibrium of the adrenal cortex. Magnesium is a neuro calming agent and responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Vitamins B6, B12, and folinic acid are known anti-stress B-vitamins and are present in their most bioavailable forms.
Mountain Peak Nutritionals® Cortisol Balance™ combines clinically accepted botanicals, vitamins, minerals and amino acids that have been shown to reduce stress, support positive mood changes, and promote healthier adrenal cortisol activity. Through the use of stress reducing nutrients and neurotransmitter enhancing agents, Cortisol Balance™ also helps with many common sleep issues. The ability to go to sleep, stay asleep and wake up rested and refreshed is enhanced.