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Spending some energy trying to get energy back

  • Written by Dee Woods

Dee-WoodsI’ve read numerous articles about achieving energy and would guess I’ve tried it all. Some work, some don’t.

There’s B12, coffee, vitamin C, energy drinks with caffeine and all that good and bad stuff, but what we rarely see addressed in the search for energy without the jitters, is the adrenal glands and the role they play in our overall health as well as helping our bodies utilize and attain energy.

Have you ever asked your doctor why you feel tired? He or she will order a battery of tests and when they all come back normal, you are still at the same point you were when you made that doctor’s appointment. The fact is, many doctors rarely address adrenal glands. They think it’s either in your head and give you drugs, or tell you you’re very healthy—go home.

I was reading an article by Michele Cagan, a writer for Health Sciences Institute, in which she explains that much of our fatigue can be associated with adrenal gland malfunction. She writes, “When your adrenal glands are out of balance, the wrong hormones (like cortisol) can dominate, and slow production of other necessary hormones (like DHEA).” (By the way, this is true with the thyroid gland as well), although, the product she is examining today relates to adrenals.

She writes of Dr. Israel Brekhman, who, while in Siberia, observed villages where the townsfolk prepared a tonic from local herbs and scrubs. Brekhman first considered it all folklore, but eventually noted it seemed to help the locals and decided to study it further.

Cagan explained one of the plants the Siberians used is what we now know as adaptogens. Soviet Olympic athletes and astronauts are given the plants during extended space missions, and she says even Russian political leaders use it. The plant is said to nourish the adrenal glands and help supply energy while also being a mood elevator. When we long for energy and we don’t have, it can be quite upsetting and even depressing for some.

At any rate, the plant was Eleuthero (Siberian ginseng), a name the FDA banned in 2002. Well, the product wasn’t banned, the name was banned. It appears to have been an arbitrary decision. She says it has been used in the U.S. since the 1970s without incident. It’s all in the name. No bad reports — just confusion about the name.

Eluethero, Cagan reports, is a plant that seems to be able to address individual issues with adrenal glands. It seems to go where it is needed to help the body maintain balance.

The active ingredients are called “eleutherosides,” and are being studied here in the U.S. with interesting results. While research is limited in the US, those studies seem promising.

She points to a three-part animal study on mice that found mice given eleuthero, were found to have “a physical anti-fatigue” effect with longer lasting energy than the control group. Motor function after sleep deprivation, was superior among the eleuthero treated mice. So, both physical and mental anti-fatigue were the results of the tests, however, in Russia, testing has been more prominent and use of eleuthero is much more common.

The Siberian tonic also contained a plant berry known as schisandrachinesis, another berry that is known for its anti-fatigue properties and can be found in many health food products.

Yet another anti-fatigue property, that I am familiar with, is known as ashwagandha an Ayurvedicadaptogen, which is known for its ability to help balance adrenal glands. In studies aswagandha was shown to relieve stress. Another in the mix was licorice, which is known in small quantities to be healthy.

Cagan also mentioed a product known as Peak Adrenal X6, which is sold by NorthStar Nutritionals. Health Sciences Institute often studies products and writes about those products. They direct readers as to where the product can be purchased. On this particular product they have a disclaimer explaining that they do not accept fees from outside companies, however, in this one case, they explain HSI is a subsidiary of the same holding company as NewMarket Health Products that distributes this particular product. This is the first time I have noticed such a disclaimer and it is for this one product, not the others they write about. They will issue the disclaimer in the future on any other products they write about in which they have even such remote ties.

I am thankful for the honesty and wish all pharmaceutical researchers and doctors would do the same. I often purchase products HSI researches and find no problem with the distant relationship in this case. If anyone decides to purchase Peak Adrenal X6, the number is 888 856-1489. Using a code of G650Q102 will result in a 10 percent reduction in price.

As always, I like feedback and suggestions.

Dee Woods is available to give presentations about alternative health treatments and healthy living. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .