I was hoping you could possible point me in the right direction. I posted my 4-point Cortisol test not long ago and I have since been trying to work on raising the the 2 things I was low in.
Cortisol in the early morning is real low. And testosterone for someone my age was near the bottom of the low reference range.
How can I increase Testosterone? I know Test requires Zinc, but Zinc seems to really push Cortisol down making me feel quite fatigued the entire next day (I usually take it at night).
I have heard of Tribulus terrestris but some people say it doesn't do anything and other say it does....?
Tribulus does work, but not overnight. This actually came up recently and I addressed the study that was being referred to:
In the study the participants were underdosed and given the tribulus for too short of a time to show an effect, especially with the underdosing. This does not mean tribulus does not work, it simply means the study was manipulated to make sure it failed.
But simply taking tribulus will not do much good if aromatase levels are high since this will simply lead to the testosterone being converted in to estrogen defeating the purpose. Therefore, adding an aromatase inhibitor such as nettle root with the tribulus is a really good idea.
As for the cortisol the best thing you can do is to support the adrenals:
I recommend focusing mainly on jiaogulan, schisandra, pollen and small amounts of licorice root. The licorice root is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) inhibitor to block the testosterone from converting in to DHT.
Thanks for the Info. I haven't tried pollen, or jiaogulan yet and I will look into them.
I gave a schisandra a try, but it made me feel tired....any idea why it would do that?
Not really. It should do just the opposite. You may want to try a different source in case there is something on the herb you are having problems with. For example, sometimes herbs are dried using kerosene heaters and I have tasted the kerosene on on some elder berries once.
These are my Saliva test result if it helps:
Saliva testing is no where near accurate so I really do not rely on them. Symptoms are much better indicators. One problem with saliva testing is that the hormones are in a constant state of fluctuation so the testing only shows a window for that moment, not what is going on for a regular basis. Another big problem with saliva testing is that the testing does not reflect the hormone levels stored in the fat tissue. When saliva testing was done in conjunction with the use of progesterone creams it was found that the progesterone levels being detected in the saliva were not even closely reflecting the application of the progesterone. The problem is that when the progesterone was being applied that the majority of the progesterone was being trapped by the fat cells and so was not directly entering the bloodstream and thus not being detected in the saliva. This is one of the reasons I am opposed to saliva testing. It is a great sales tool for those performing them, but they can also lead to people really screwing up their hormones by trying to make adjustments to the hormones with things like DHEA and cortisol when their levels are truly being reflected by the saliva testing.
I'm going to get both Nettle Root and Tribulus and take them for the next few months. Is there anything I should look out for?
The only thing is as I mentioned in my earlier post is to make sure to add a little licorice root as a DHT blocker since DHT can cause various problems.
Also, have you heard much about Germanium for Adrenal support?
No, but it makes sense. Germanium helps cells to utilize oxygen properly, which means more ATP production by cells helping the work properly. Suma, which happens to be an adaptogenic herb, is the highest herbal source of organic germanium.