AdrenoSurge from BPS: Adaptogenic Stress Recovery Formula!
Modern lifestyle realities often take a huge toll on our general health. A constant demanding cycle of sleep deficit, stimulant use (whether coffee or energy drinks), stress, overwork, etc ends up sapping our energy and sabotaging productivity and mood.
While much of the popular supplementation promises revolve around a highly speculative condition of “adrenal fatigue”, which has been conceptually abandoned by legitimate professionals who work closely with those displaying signs of adrenal dysfunction, a combination of factors does seem to manifest together.
So where does that leave us for supplementation, and what is the point of AdrenoSurge? AdrenoSurge has been designed to support optimal adrenal activity for those displaying mild to moderate signs of dysfunction, acting primarily as an adaptogen.
Some level of dysfunction is highly common in people with elevated stress levels, those that engage in vigorous exercise, regularly use stimulants, or do not get optimal duration and/or quality of sleep. Since a lot of people reading this fall into more than one of those categories, we feel that AdrenoSurge could help a high percentage of the health conscious population repair and recuperate from the daily damage done to the body; which will improve mental function, recovery from hard training, energy, stimulant sensitivity, and even body composition.
In summary, AdrenoSurge offers a multi-angle approach to help encourage optimal adrenal function while ameliorating potential negative downstream effects of the body’s stress response. Coupled with appropriate lifestyle adjustments like reducing stimulant and alcohol intake and normalizing sleep patterns, AdrenoSurge should be a potent weapon in anyone’s toolbox looking to optimize long term health, energy levels, cognitive function, and performance.
When you find that you no longer get the same effect from your preworkout or morning coffee, let AdrenoSurge restore you.
What are some of the destructive consequences of a modern lifestyle?
Waking up tired
Energy crash at a consistent, specific time during the day
Energy surge during a consistent, specific time during the day (or night)
Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
High blood sugar
Frequent brain fog
Lightheadedness when standing
Loss of sensitivity to stimulants
Sensitivity to light
AdrenoSurge Ingredient Breakdown
Asparagus Racemosus Extract
Asparagus Racemosus is a particular species of asparagus used in Ayurvedic medicine for several purposes, including the alleviation of nervous disorders.
Working through optimization of GABA and serotonergic signaling, it has been shown in research to have similar anti-anxiety properties to Diazepam without the sedating characteristics (1,2). It has been shown to decrease elevated plasma levels of corticosterone and norepinephrine, acting as an adaptogen to favorably modulate stress pathways (3). When rats were exposed to chemical and physical stressors, pre-treatment with AR prevented elevation in blood glucose (a common secondary effect of high cortisol), triglycerides and lipid peroxidation. Researchers labeled it as having anti-stress properties (4,5). Rats have also demonstrated better memory retrieval, and better performance during stressful maze tests (6). In addition, AR has been shown to be an antioxidant, hepatoprotective, and neuroprotective (6–8).
Argyreia Speciosa Extract
A popular Ayurvedic Indian medicinal plant, Argyreia Speciosa (AS) has been studied for it’s potential combatance against a long list of maladies; including decreased cognitive function, low sex drive, depressed immunity, depressed CNS function, liver damage, elevated ROS, inflammation, high blood sugar, diarrhea, pain, and GI distress.
For our purposes, we will only be addressing a few specific potential benefits of AS supplementation. Similar to Asparagus Racemosus, AS has been shown to target and ameliorate several downstream effects of pathological stress including increased blood glucose, triglycerides, changes to the actual adrenal glands, as well as cortisol directly (9).
Another study demonstrated the ability of AS to restore adrenal levels of cortisol and ascorbic acid levels after chronic, non-specific stress (10). AS has also been shown to be a liver protectant on par with Silymarin, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, gastroprotective, and has even been shown to prevent fat gain in overfed rats (11–14).
Bacopa monnieri (BM) has been extensively studied for its positive mental benefits; a recent 2014 meta-analysis suggested its consistent ability to improve cognitive ability, which tends to decline as a downstream result of the effects of stress (15). Under stressful, adverse conditions, BM has been shown to favorably modulate CYP450, SOD, and Heat Shock Proteins (an intracellular clean up crew) (16).
Another 2014 study showed that in human subjects, during a stressful task, BM was able to exert positive effects on mood, a reduction in cortisol levels, and adaptogenic and nootropic effects (17).
Rhodiola Rosea (8% Rosavins)
Rhodiola rosea (RR) is another well-studied herb with numerous potential benefits, with a recent meta-analysis concluding that it is able to improve both mental and physical performance during times of stress (18). It has been shown to prevent stress induced catecholamine release, which tends to be overactive in people with dysfunctional adrenals (19).
In one study with over 100 participants, RR was shown to improve life-stress symptoms to a clinically relevant degree after only 3 days of supplementation, and the positive effects lasted until cessation of data collection at 4 weeks (20). It has also been shown to help subjects resist fatigue, increase the ability to concentrate, and decrease cortisol response to awakening stress in fatigued patients (21). Other studies have classified RR as having anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, and physical and cognitive impairment reduction attributes (22,23).
Most products currently on the market are content with using anywhere between 1% and 3% Rosavins, while at the same time limiting dosage. AdrenoSurge is debuting a potent 8% Rosavin Rhodiola Rosea extract at a full 100mg dosage to maximize stress amelioration.
Ashwagandha is also considered an adaptogen, meaning it can help to dampen elevated cortisol, or help to boost low cortisol output, depending on what the body needs. Multiple studies in human subjects have demonstrated Ashwagandha’s ability to help the body cope with the downstream effects of stress. In one such study lasting 60 days, ashwagandha was shown to improve resistance towards stress and improve self-reported quality of life (24). A similar study found that chronic stress caused high blood sugar, glucose intolerance, increased plasma corticosterone levels, cognitive deficits, immunosuppression, and depression, whereas ashwagandha was able to have significant anti-stress activity on these parameters (25). It has also been shown to be a GABA mimetic anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, and improve energy and mitochondrial health (26).
Bovine Adrenal Extract
While the basis for this extract is largely based on volumes of feedback from functional medicine practitioners versus published data, most users tend to notice a “boost” even when taken as a single ingredient product. Users with suboptimal cortisol output will notice the greatest benefit; particularly those that have lose sensitivity to stimulants. According to adrenal dysfunction expert Dr. Michael Lam, “Many report a sense of increased energy when previously fatigued and a sense of calmness when previously anxious after taking glandular extracts”.
Evolvulus alsinoside (EA) is another potent adaptogen with several benefits (27). It has been shown to improve learning and memory in response to stress several recent studies (6,28,29). EA also demonstrates a nootropic effect that appears to be further enhanced when combined with Bacopa (30). EA appears to alleviate several downstream effects of stress aside from learning impairment, such as oxidative load, anxiety, and CNS depression (29,31). And like Argyreia and Ashwagandha, EA is also able to normalize high blood sugar and elevated plasma corticosterone levels (32,33).
Take 1 serving in the morning and 1 serving in the evening.
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