High Cortisol and Your Body

Cortisol is the primary stress hormone in the human body. Whilst it serves numerous essential functions, chronically high cortisol levels can cause a range of health problems.

Here are some of the health problems that are associated with elevated cortisol levels:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Depressed immune response
  • High blood sugar
  • Insulin resistance
  • Craving for carbohydrates
  • Reduced libido
  • Bone loss
  • Muscle loss
  • Fat storage, particularly around the face and neck (classic 'moon face' appearance)
  • Loss of cognitive function
  • Lower sleep quality
  • High Cortisol Levels

    In the past, short, intermittent bursts of cortisol would have been helpful for survival. However, these days chronic stress, and therefore constantly high cortisol levels, are commonplace. It seems that almost everyone faces stressful situations every day. Financial stress, relationship stress, family stress, and possible job loss, are just a few examples of the stressors we all have to deal with. Furthermore, there are also biological stressors that lead to elevated cortisol levels. These include: obesity, environmental toxins, inflammation in the body, etc.

    So, how can we still get the benefits offered by short-term cortisol elevations in response to acute, dangerous stressors, but at the same time avoid the debilitating effects of long-term, chronic cortisol production?

    Some of the most effective ways to help your body deal with stress are: using relaxation techniques and/ or breathing exercises, performing meditation and/ or yoga, and using stress-relieving herbs, like rhodiola rosea. BCN's Rhodiola Advanced is a good example of an effective rhodiola supplement.

    Rhodiola is classified as an 'adaptogen', which means it helps the body improve its resistance to stress and lower a high cortisol level. Not only this, but it offers a range of favourable effects, making it one of the very best supplements for everyone to use on a daily basis.

    Some of rhodiola's benefits include the following:

  • Increases longevity and 'health span' in animal models
  • Modulates the stress response
  • Restores optimal organ function
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Improves cognitive function
  • Minimises the incidence of depression
  • Reduces feelings of anxiety
  • Enhances muscle performance
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Prevents muscle damage
  • Preserves skin's ability to reproduce

  • Not All Rhodiola Supplements Are the Same!

    When choosing a rhodiola supplement it is absolutely essential that it has been standardised for the active ingredients. The two active ingredients in rhodiola rosea that research has shown to be the most effective are: salidroside and rosavins. If the Rhodiola product you are considering does not provide you with this information on the label then do not spend your hard-earned money on it simply because you cannot be guaranteed of its effectiveness.

    It is also important that the rhodiola supplement contains the required level of active ingredients in therapeutic amounts. This means that it has the same levels of ingredients that have been proven in scientific research to be effective.

    Furthermore, make sure that the product has an 'AUST L' number on the label. This ensure that the product has been manufactured at a 'TGA-approved' manufacturing plant. This means that the manufacturing plant has passed all of the strict Australian government regulations and it permitted to manufacture products for sale in Australia.

    BCN's Rhodiola Advanced is rhodiola supplement that fulfils are of the necessary criteria of an effective rhodiola supplement. It is available from health food stores and pharmacies everywhere.

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