Taking nutritional supplements is a common component of an adrenal fatigue recovery program. Among these supplements, bovine supplements -- consisting of extracts of dried adrenal glands derived from cows -- are ones that people with adrenal fatigue turn to quite commonly. Work with a doctor or other health practitioner if you suspect you have adrenal fatigue. He can order saliva cortisol tests to determine whether the problem is adrenal fatigue, and if so, how severe it is. He can also advise you on the best treatment and recovery program for you.
The human body's endocrine system includes two adrenal glands -- one sitting on top of each kidney in the lower back area. When the adrenal glands are overworked, mainly as a result of long-term and severe stress, a condition known as adrenal fatigue can result. Symptoms include severe and ongoing fatigue, weakness, difficulty concentrating, moodiness, inability to handle stress, depression and difficulty waking up or getting going in the morning. The health practitioners who treat adrenal fatigue tend to be the more naturally and holistically oriented ones, such as naturopathic and integrative doctors. A common adrenal fatigue diagnosis tool is the saliva cortisol test, which measures cortisol levels in the saliva several times throughout the day.
"The earliest, and still probably the most reliable, way of rebuilding the adrenals from adrenal fatigue is the use of extracts from liquid or powdered bovine adrenal glands," according to James L. Wilson, N.D., D.C., Ph.D., in his book "Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome." Numerous brands of bovine adrenal supplements exist in tablet, capsule and liquid form. You can typically purchase these over the counter, at health practitioners' offices, at health food stores and through online retailers that sell nutritional supplements. Some supplements contain just bovine adrenal gland, whereas others also contain ingredients such as vitamins or herbs. Prices vary among products and brands.
People take bovine supplements for adrenal fatigue to aid their recovery and to lessen their symptoms. Thus, they take them hoping to find some relief from the fatigue, brain fog, inability to tolerate stress, depression and other symptoms that occur with adrenal fatigue.
If you take bovine supplements for adrenal fatigue, the amount of time you need to be on them will vary based on numerous factors, including the severity of the condition and how quickly your body recovers. Recovery from adrenal fatigue typically takes at least several months. In addition to taking various nutritional supplements, it is important to follow a complete adrenal recovery protocol. This includes eating a high-nutrient diet, getting plenty of sleep and rest, reducing stress and exercising.
- “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome”; James L. Wilson, N.D., D.C., Ph.D.; 2001
- Dr. Rind: Adrenal Support Recommendation Sheet
- Dr. Lam: Comprehensive Adrenal Fatigue Article
- Women to Women: Adrenal Health: What Is Adrenal Fatigue?
- “Prescription for Nutritional Healing”; James F. Balch, M.D., and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C.; 1997
- Dr. Lam: Adrenal Fatigue Glandular and Herbal Therapy