FAQ: What Are The Benefits of Taking Supplements for Adrenal Fatigue?


Which nutrients have proven to be the most effective supplements for adrenal fatigue?Q:Is taking glutathione regularly a good way to reduce oxidative stress in the body? Has does vitamin C increases its absorption?

A:Glutathione is a great antioxidant and perhaps the best one for intracellular function because it, unlike many anti-oxidants, can penetrate and cross cell walls when others cannot. On top of that, it also recycles other antioxidants, vitamin C being one of them. Lastly, it acts as a gentle liver cleanser and chelator of toxins and unwanted heavy metals in the body.


Q:I have had a lot of leg cramps lately, and some restless leg. Is that caused by my Adrenal Fatigue? What can I do to help minimize the cramps and restlessness?

A:There are many reasons for leg cramps, ranging from electrolyte imbalance to toxic overload, psychogenic issues and circulation dysfunction. A thorough workup is recommended if symptoms get worse. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant and a trial course can be considered. You may want to keep a stress journal and a food journal to find out if there is anything that could be causing the cramps or restless legs.


There are a wide variety of supplements for adrenal fatigueQ:Why is it so much harder for someone living with Adrenal Fatigue to be able to consume and process herbs or glandulars?

A:Even though some are billed as adaptogens, the fundamental properties of most of the commonly used glandulars (and some herbs) in the Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome setting are designed to stimulate your body and your metabolism in order to increase energy, and thus you can feel better from time to time. Long term, your body temp and fatigue will tend to plateau and often start getting worse. Glandulars are good in mild stages but tend to backfire as you advance and it does not give enough support at the root level for most, and hence over time, people get worse after an initial sense of improvement.


Q:Are digestive enzymes always advisable for someone dealing with Adrenal Fatigue?

A:Digestion issues, such as diarrhea, constipation, gastritis, acid reflux, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are common in Adrenal Fatigue. This can be due to many reasons, including assimilation as well as internal dysbiosis issues so taking digestive enzymes would be helpful. Taking too much can cause diarrhea so you do have to be careful.


You should adhere to a schedule when taking supplements for adrenal fatigueQ:What is the best way to stay consistent with supplements and diet when faced such a busy schedule?

A:You have to decide what is more important, your health or your schedule. Put the time of taking supplements into your schedule. Preplan your meals so you are not taken by surprise.




3 Comments

  • Victoria Grant says:

    Greetings Dr. La,,

    I was wondering what your thoughts are on bovine/porcine adrenal extracts and if they were beneficial in resolving adrenal fatigue?

    I have had low back pain and muscle pain, brain fog, new onset of hypertension, fatigue and exhaustion. I am a nurse who is presently on long term disability that ends in February 2018. I have every intension of getting better and returning to the work I love.

    I have been on anti-pressants for most of my 55 years and was recently diagnosed in 2015 of having ADHD!!? I have been on every ADHD medications, I have been instructed to exercise and attend aquasize (water aerobics) 5 times a week, have received my first pain lidocaine injection to my neck from a “Pain Specialist”, take Tylenol #3s 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed, ranitidine and the list goes on…

    I would not be surprised if I had stage 3 to 4 adrenal fatigue.

    My naturopathic doctor advised me to take a supplement with bovine adrenal extract but I note that this suppliment has liquorice and this is not recommended for individuals with hypertension.

    The numerous reviews of individuals who have purchased the various supplements with bovine/porcine adrenal extracts glorify their benefits and are taken every day, without fail, for an indefinite period of time. Your academic articles advise against reliance on such supplements.

    What I am asking is: what quantity of adrenal extracts is considered safe and therapeutic and is there a small maintenance dose that can be taken daily without posing harm?

    I am not asking you to recommend a product and would certainly be prepared to purchase a product that you manufacture.

    I am utterly grateful for your response. I feel I am without purpose when I am not nursing and it is difficult to engage in activities I once enjoyed. It is has implied that all my concerns are psychological and I find myself second guessing my thoughts and actions.

    • Victoria Grant says:

      Greetings Dr. Lam,,

      I was wondering what your thoughts are on bovine/porcine adrenal extracts and if they were beneficial in resolving adrenal fatigue?

      I have had low back pain and muscle pain, brain fog, new onset of hypertension, fatigue and exhaustion. I am a nurse who is presently on long term disability that ends in February 2018. I have every intension of getting better and returning to the work I love.

      I have been on anti-pressants for most of my 55 years and was recently diagnosed in 2015 of having ADHD!!? I have been on every ADHD medications, I have been instructed to exercise and attend aquasize (water aerobics) 5 times a week, have received my first pain lidocaine injection to my neck from a “Pain Specialist”, take Tylenol #3s 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed, ranitidine and the list goes on…

      I would not be surprised if I had stage 3 to 4 adrenal fatigue.

      My naturopathic doctor advised me to take a supplement with bovine adrenal extract but I note that this suppliment has liquorice and this is not recommended for individuals with hypertension.

      The numerous reviews of individuals who have purchased the various supplements with bovine/porcine adrenal extracts glorify their benefits and are taken every day, without fail, for an indefinite period of time. Your academic articles advise against reliance on such supplements.

      What I am asking is: what quantity of adrenal extracts is considered safe and therapeutic and is there a small maintenance dose that can be taken daily without posing harm?

      I am not asking you to recommend a product and would certainly be prepared to purchase a product that you manufacture.

      I am utterly grateful for your response. I feel I am without purpose when I am not nursing and it is difficult to engage in activities I once enjoyed. It is has implied that all my concerns are psychological and I find myself second guessing my thoughts and actions.

    • Dr.Lam says:

      This article will give you some insight. Click Adrenal Fatigue Glandular & Herbal Therapy for more information.