I've been taking herbs for the adrenals for a little over a month now. I've noticed some improvement, but not much. My Dr. wants me to start taking a product by Biotics Research called Cytozyme AD. Here's a linkhttp://www.totaldiscountvitamins.com/product/32836?r=df-Nextag.
What do you think about this? He feels I need more support as my adrenals are completely shot and I've had very high stress levels from the age of 5 to present (29). Is this an adrenal glandular? What exactly are the ingredients: bovine, superoxide dismutase, and catalase?
Yes, this is a glandular product. I do not glandulars because high dose or long term use can atrophy the adrenals making them worse.
Superoxide dismutase is an antioxidant enzyme. It produces peroxide for cancer cell destruction, microbial destruction and white blood cell activation. But it also breaks down peroxide.
Catalase also breaks down peroxide.
I feel at a loss for what to do. Everytime I start something new, I feel better for a day or two but then I feel bad again. I don't know if it's that I'm not absorbing anything properly?
Usually when this happens it is from people developing sensitivities to what they are taking. Leaky gut contributes to this.
I've taken zinc for 1 year, yet my labs show I'm low, I take 900mg of Mag malate, but my labs results are really low.
The zinc does require acid for absorption.
Magnesium malate is easily absorbed, but it can be depleted by things such as diarrhea or excess sugar consumption.
I've been taking the adrenal herbs for over a month and haven't noticed much of a difference, however, others seem to show improvements within days.
But you also mentioned being under a lot of stress, which is one of the things that tears down the adrenals. You need to work on keeping your stress under control why the adrenals heal. Find things that relax you or there are herbs and supplements that are calming such as ashwagandha and glycine.
I've been taking 1 tbsp of ACV before meals, but that seems to only be making me bloated. Is there any other way to increase absorbtion?
Yucca root will help with absorption, reducing the fermentation in the stomach and the inflammation in the intestines.
I'm already taking bitters, zinc, tmg and ACV. I've also been using rice bran and kefir.
Could at be that my adrenals are beyond the help of vic c, b and herbs?
No, they can always recover as long as they are alive. And if they were dead you would also be dead. But again you need to get your stress under control to give the adrenals a chance to recover.
As I mentioned I've had extreme stress (major life changing, tragic events continuously for 24 years). Also, I smoked heavily and drank heavily for 10 years (self medicating for stress). It's been 3 years since I quit drinking and smoking. Is there anything else I should do to repair all of the damage I've caused (in addition to the adrenal mix, liv-r-ight, pau d arco/andro/chap mix for autoimmune and the above mentioned supplements)?
Adaptogens, in particular jiaogulan (gynostemma), ashwagandha and Chinese licorice root.
Would it do a lot of damage to try the glandulars for 3 months while I got everything else sorted out?
I recommend not fooling with glandulars. They can mess you up even more.
There is so much going on in my system (hashimoto's, horomones out of control, adrenals depleted, high amounts of candida, leaky guy, digestive issues, breathing difficulty, fibromyalgia/pain, food allergies, UTI, yeast infections, eczema, acne, liver problems, pms, cracking joints, severe hypoglycemia, constant chest pain, etc) and I have no idea how to get it all under control. The doctors seem to only recommend things that will make it worse in the long run.
You are not going to be able to address all these at the same time. But a lot of this is going to be related to the digestive issues like the leaky gut. So the digestive system and the adrenals will be a good place to start. Looks like you are on the right track with the digestion part, but again you need to get your stress under control since this can cause all sorts of problems for the body. The adaptogens I mentioned will help here as well as glycine and finding things that relax you such as music, pets, exercise.......... Everyone is different so you need to find what works for you.
Am I being impatient?
A little, and you are stressing yourself over it.
When should I expect results given my history?
Impossible to say since everyone is different. But getting your stress under control will really speed things up.
Should I add anything?
Suggestions in the post above.