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I stumbled upon a connection I never knew about... a connection between the adrenal glands, vitamin c and hormone imbalance. I know many people took something for adrenals, and how they mentioned that it played a part in hormonal imbalance... I knew that vitamin C was good for the immune system, wound healing, etc... but never anything to do with hormonal balance.

I started looking into it because I was looking at acne.org reviews on vitamin C and saw this:

when i started taking it, i saw a decrease in oil production and my acne also decreased. remember, the adrenal glands desperately need vitamin c, and if you dont have any vitamin c, adrenal glands do not function properly, and thus leads to a horomonal imbalance, creating too much oil. i hightly recommend vitamin c.

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In addition, foods rich in pantothenic acid such as mushrooms, split peas, perch, pecans, soybeans, lightly cooked egg yolks, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and lecithin stimulate the adrenal glands to produce hormones and increase output in response to stress. Anti-stress hormones are also produced in vitamin C rich foods, some of which include hot and sweet peppers, kale, parsley, broccoli, brussels sprouts, red cabbage, rose-hip tea, citrus fruits, and strawberries.

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Another interesting connection I found

http://www.immunesupport.com/Library/showarticle.cfm/ID/2823

Endocrine system Understanding more about the body’s hormone producing organs, otherwise known as the endocrine system, and how the brain orchestrates this system helps to see its connection to CFS.

Prime organs of the endocrine system are the two adrenal glands, one sitting above each kidney. Among the hormones produced by the outer portion of the adrenal glands is cortisol, essential in controlling proper levels of glucose by stimulating liver synthesis of this blood sugar. Cortisol also ensures that glucose is readily available for proper brain functioning by restricting glucose uptake by body tissues. Another benefit of this hormone is that it breaks down fat for use as energy.

Cortisol’s ability to manage blood sugar levels is important in mobilizing energy to deal with physical or emotional stress. While the adrenal glands have a normal cycle of cortisol production, this cycle is interrupted when a particular stressor comes along and cortisol production is increased to provide the necessary response.

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Good research. I've been doing a lot of researching on Adrenal Fatigue, which is what I believe I have been suffering from. I found a web-site (I think it was www.drlam.com), where he mentioned that adrenal fatigue sufferrers should take large quantities of vitamin C.

Great job in finding the correlation. I've upped my dose to 3000mg of vitamin C since I read that info last week at http://www.drlam.com/A3R_brief_in_doc_form...nal_fatigue.cfm

We should take an optimal balanced of vitamins and minerals for optimum adrenal function. These include:

A. 500 mg to 3,000 mg of vitamin C with bioflavonoids, lysine, proline, pine bark extract

B. 100 to 200 mg of fat-soluble vitamin C called ascobyl palmitate

C. 900 to 1,500 mg of vitamin B5 (panthothenic acid) as most hormone production in the adrenal gland needs the co-enzyme A, a by-product of Vitamin B5, to be produced.

D. Vitamin E is another important nutrient, which is involved in at least 6 different enzymatic reactions in the adrenal cascade. Take 400 to 800 I.U. of vitamin E daily.

E. Take 10,000 to 25,000 I.U of beta-carotene and other important minerals such as selenium (200 mcg), magnesium (500 mg) as well as important amino acids such as lysine (1-2 gm), proline (500mg - 1gm) and glutamine (1-5 gm) or more in advance cases.

F. DHEA 15-50 mg , pregnenolone 25-50 mg , adrenal glandular, adrenal extracts, licorice root can be helpful.

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Vitamin C is also an antihistimine. It does so many things you need a ton of it and you need it all day long. Most animals make several grams of it per day, more if sick or injured.

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I stumbled upon a connection I never knew about... a connection between the adrenal glands, vitamin c and hormone imbalance. I know many people took something for adrenals, and how they mentioned that it played a part in hormonal imbalance... I knew that vitamin C was good for the immune system, wound healing, etc... but never anything to do with hormonal balance.

I started looking into it because I was looking at acne.org reviews on vitamin C and saw this:

when i started taking it, i saw a decrease in oil production and my acne also decreased. remember, the adrenal glands desperately need vitamin c, and if you dont have any vitamin c, adrenal glands do not function properly, and thus leads to a horomonal imbalance, creating too much oil. i hightly recommend vitamin c.

So I kept researching and found the connection directly in detail, so I figured I would share in case some of you are interested

Good article on cortisol and acne relation I found

http://www.skinandaging.com/article/6263

I'll post snipets of it, since the whole article is too long to paste:

New Concepts in Potential Stress Inducers

Many of you are familiar with the idea of adrenal androgens playing a role in acne. However, new concepts regarding stressors include the involvement of neuromediators that are released in response to stress. It has been proposed that a variety of neuroendocrine factors act centrally and locally at the level of the sebaceous gland to contribute to acne. That is to say, such neuromediators can stimulate sebum production,8,9 influence production of inflammatory reactions through cytokines, and cause sebocyte differentiation and proliferation.10,11 Specifically, substance P, a neurotransmitter, which stress can elicit, was shown by electron microscopy to act on sebaceous glands.9 The authors noted substance P increased the size of individual sebaceous cells and number of sebum vacuoles in differentiated sebaceous cells in these in vitro studies.

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Good research and find romeo!! I actually started adressing this issue, thanks to JoeUK on here about adrenals. I started taking this product: http://catalog.designsforhealth.com/s.nl/it.A/id.484/.f

I was refered to this product by my naturepath. The reason I asked her was because I didn't want to take just any product. I didn't want to mess up my adrenals. So this is a reliable one. That first link has the info. But if anyone is interested in ordering it, got to this link to order: http://store.agoodvitamin.com/deforheadpl9.html. The reason is because on the first link it provides more information as to what it is. But they won't let you order it unless it is by a doctor on there referall list. So I ordered it on the second link:) It says there to take it 3 capsules daily for 3 times a day. But I am only taking one for now. OH, also this product does have vitamin C:) not alot though.

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Vitamin C is also an antihistimine. It does so many things you need a ton of it and you need it all day long. Most animals make several grams of it per day, more if sick or injured.

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Gosh, all this information makes again marvel at how many processes are constantly balancing themselves within our bodies. Makes me really enjoy human biology.

So would a multivitamin with many of these recommended vitamins and supplements be helpful?

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Gosh, all this information makes again marvel at how many processes are constantly balancing themselves within our bodies. Makes me really enjoy human biology.

So would a multivitamin with many of these recommended vitamins and supplements be helpful?

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One other thing I have found in relation to Vitamin C and Keratin production.

Burgerstein's Handbook of Nutrition: Micro nutrients in the Prevention and Therapy of Disease.

Author: Michael Zimmermann, M.D.

http://books.google.com/books?id=6m75Tm95y...R2COUI#PPA96,M1

Signs and Symptoms of Deficiency (Vitamin C)

-Build up of keratin in hair follicles producing roughened "sandpaper skin"

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Like vit c, you can't get enough from the multi

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I stumbled upon a connection I never knew about... a connection between the adrenal glands, vitamin c and hormone imbalance. I know many people took something for adrenals, and how they mentioned that it played a part in hormonal imbalance... I knew that vitamin C was good for the immune system, wound healing, etc... but never anything to do with hormonal balance.

I started looking into it because I was looking at acne.org reviews on vitamin C and saw this:

when i started taking it, i saw a decrease in oil production and my acne also decreased. remember, the adrenal glands desperately need vitamin c, and if you dont have any vitamin c, adrenal glands do not function properly, and thus leads to a horomonal imbalance, creating too much oil. i hightly recommend vitamin c.

So I kept researching and found the connection directly in detail, so I figured I would share in case some of you are interested

Good article on cortisol and acne relation I found

http://www.skinandaging.com/article/6263

I'll post snipets of it, since the whole article is too long to paste:

New Concepts in Potential Stress Inducers

Many of you are familiar with the idea of adrenal androgens playing a role in acne. However, new concepts regarding stressors include the involvement of neuromediators that are released in response to stress. It has been proposed that a variety of neuroendocrine factors act centrally and locally at the level of the sebaceous gland to contribute to acne. That is to say, such neuromediators can stimulate sebum production,8,9 influence production of inflammatory reactions through cytokines, and cause sebocyte differentiation and proliferation.10,11 Specifically, substance P, a neurotransmitter, which stress can elicit, was shown by electron microscopy to act on sebaceous glands.9 The authors noted substance P increased the size of individual sebaceous cells and number of sebum vacuoles in differentiated sebaceous cells in these in vitro studies.

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Like vit c, you can't get enough from the multi

You need to take the vitamin C throughout the day.

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Very interesting stuff! gonna look into this, thanks!

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Interesting. A a random and not particularly interesting story: there's a random pack of super super high-quality, high potency vitamin c in the supplement cabinet for some reason. the price tag is like $40, and it's a small box. it's got like, liposomal nanospheres or something for maximal absorption. i asked why my dad hadn't used it and he was like...try it for yourself. so I squeezed the goo from the packet into some juice and drank it, and promptly threw up. the stuff tasted so disgusting it actually triggered my gag reflex. I thought vitamin c tasted like citrus or something. this tasted like...liquid death. :redface: so if you ever come across something calle lypo-spheric vitamin c, for the love of god don't buy it. although the stuff looks pretty high quality so maybe i'll be a masochist and use up the rest of the packets, just to see if it helps my skin.

ok so that was kind of pointless. but yeah, vitamin c is supposed to be pretty good for general health. Linus Pauling claimed it could cure cancer. but once the lyposomal nanospheres are used up, i think i'll stick to lemon water.

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Interesting. A a random and not particularly interesting story: there's a random pack of super super high-quality, high potency vitamin c in the supplement cabinet for some reason. the price tag is like $40, and it's a small box. it's got like, liposomal nanospheres or something for maximal absorption. i asked why my dad hadn't used it and he was like...try it for yourself. so I squeezed the goo from the packet into some juice and drank it, and promptly threw up. the stuff tasted so disgusting it actually triggered my gag reflex. I thought vitamin c tasted like citrus or something. this tasted like...liquid death. :redface: so if you ever come across something calle lypo-spheric vitamin c, for the love of god don't buy it. although the stuff looks pretty high quality so maybe i'll be a masochist and use up the rest of the packets, just to see if it helps my skin.

ok so that was kind of pointless. but yeah, vitamin c is supposed to be pretty good for general health. Linus Pauling claimed it could cure cancer. but once the lyposomal nanospheres are used up, i think i'll stick to lemon water.

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I also just realized that I'm not getting as much vitamin c as I thought. I eat a lot of fruit, and I just sort of thought all fruit was high in vitamin C, but it's mostly oranges. An ounce of lemon juice only has like 20% DV. I thought it was more like 200%. And I don't like oranges that much, so I could actually be vitamin c deficient.

Anyway I tried another liposphere pack. Lol it wasn't as bad this time...still has this really strange, rotten-chemical taste, but I didn't actually throw up this time. :rolleyes:

Also, people with acne probably need more vitamin c than most people, especially if you use BP. both skin healing and BP create free-radicals, and vit. c and zinc are two of the most important vitamin/minerals in neutralizing them.

edit: Also I just read the full article. I have ridiculously high cortisol levels according to the saliva test I had a few weeks ago...my naturopath started me on a few things for this, but I'm sure some vitamin c added won't hurt, and might help. cortisol can be a problem for people with acne because we release DHEA to counteract the inflammatory effects, and DHEA is an androgen hormone closely linked to acne. My DHEA levels were the highest the lab had seen in ANYONE, male or female...and I'm female. So theoretically if I lower my cortisol levels, I won't have to produce so much DHEA. This is probably the reason for the link between stress/cortisol and acne...the cortisol increases inflammation, but the DHEA is probably more directly the cause of the worsening acne.

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I have no doubt that Vitamin C played a key role in getting rid of a massive cyst I had last year that not even cortizone injections could get rid of. However, I have been told by my naturopath that if you want to take high quantities of Vitamin C the best form is Ester C, because ascorbic acid can cause problems with the levels of stomach acid.

I have most certainly got adrenal exhaustion - and something I found out while researching it is that magnesium plays a crucial role in adrenals and hormone balancing. So I am taking coral calcium with magnesium each day (ratio of 2:1) as well as the Ester C, and it seems to be helping my adrenals.

For those women who are on the BC pill - particularly Yasmin - it wreaks havoc on your adrenals, so just be aware. I was on Yasmin for 2 years and felt like I was going marginally nuts on it, constantly anxious and stressed. The moment I got off it my adrenals stopped working as hard, and I crashed in a heap for a few days.

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You know something, I bet this nanolipo whatever vitamin c would be absorbed really well through the skin. Vit C is supposed to be a killer antioxidant and whitening agent, and I have loads of red marks. The ingredients in this stuff are just phospholipid encapsulated ascorbic acid, lecithin (which is supposed to be good for acne, I see from my google search) and 12 percent alcohol, which isn't that great for the skin but my benzamycin has at least that much alcohol in it anyway. This is probably really stupid, but I think I'll try smearing some of this stuff on my face. I'll just leave it on for a few minutes to let it absorb, then wash it off. I'm probably going to regret this, but my skin is just so red and...oxidized :redface: looking, and I've been dying to try some kind of antioxident, but I know they're not well absorbed. so anyway what the hell. I'll let you know tomorrow if it totally killed my face.

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You know something, I bet this nanolipo whatever vitamin c would be absorbed really well through the skin. Vit C is supposed to be a killer antioxidant and whitening agent, and I have loads of red marks.

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