Functional Adrenal Cortisol Rhythm
The Functional Adrenal Cortisol Rhythm test is specifically focused on assessing cortisol output. It does not assess DHEA levels like the Functional Adrenal Stress Profile, aka. #201 profile from BioHealth Laboratory. The Functional Adrenal Cortisol Rhythm analyzes 4 separate cortisol values throughout the day – morning, noon, afternoon, and evening. This test is most appropriate for prepubescent individuals or those only wanting to evaluate cortisol output.
The Functional Adrenal Cortisol Rhythm test is also called the adrenal cortisol, cortisol output, cortisol adrenal, or adrenal stress test. It is measuring specifically saliva levels of cortisol which gives an accurate graphic representation of daily cortisol output. The saliva sampling is important because it provides the free-fraction (the physiological active form) of each hormone versus blood testing which often only looks at one cortisol value once daily – usually the morning cortisol. The blood tests for cortisol are not as accurate with respects to total cortisol production and do not give the detailed information that the salivary adrenal hormone tests provide. Based on the individual values of cortisol that are obtained from the Functional Adrenal Cortisol Rhythm test it is much easier to create supplement programs to meet the individual needs of low or high cortisols.
Cortisol is a regulating hormone throughout the body. It plays a role in controlling inflammation, blood sugar balance, cellular function with respects to DNA sequencing, etc. In fact, the normal output of cortisol is critical for almost every organ system in the body including the brain, immune, cardiovascular, digestive, detoxification, hormone, and overall biochemistry. When the adrenals are chronically stressed health is not optimal, and it is very difficult to regain optimal health if adrenal stress is occurring.
The Functional Adrenal Cortisol Rhythm test from BioHealth Laboratory, aka. #204 profile is important for the overall assessing of adrenal cortisol balance. For individuals looking to assess cortisol, as well as DHEA than the Functional Adrenal Stress Profile, aka. #201 profile from BioHealth Laboratory is recommended.