Functional Adrenal Stress Test Plus V
The Functional Adrenal Stress Profile Plus V is the key test for assessing adrenal health with respects to cortisol output and DHEA, as well as five (V) other hormones – Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone, and Melatonin. This test analyzes 4 separate cortisol values throughout the day – morning, noon, afternoon, and evening – along with 2 separate DHEA markers. The additional markers for five (V) additional hormones make this expanded profile excellent for anyone wanting to evaluate their adrenal health, but also sex hormones, and melatonin.
The ratio between the cortisol and DHEA is important with respects to overall adrenal health. The Functional Adrenal Stress Profile Plus V is also called the adrenal fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, adrenal hormone, adrenal cortisol, or adrenal rhythm test. It is measuring specifically saliva levels of cortisol and DHEA (plus five other hormones) 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 and DHEA that are obtained from the Functional Adrenal Stress Profile it is much easier to create supplement programs to meet the individual needs of low or high cortisol and DHEA. Also, with assessment of sex hormone production this test provides accurate information about excess or deficient production of estradiol (the most potent estrogen), estriol (a protective estrogen), progesterone, testosterone, and melatonin. Melatonin for example is considered to be the “molecular equivalent to darkness” and is critical for proper sleep.
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 balance of cortisol and DHEA 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 Stress Profile Plus V from BioHealth Laboratory, aka. #205 profile is the cornerstone test for adrenal hormone and sex hormone assessment. It is specific for individuals looking to assess their daily output of cortisol, DHEA, estradiol, estriol, progesterone, testosterone, and melatonin. For individuals looking to just assess cortisol without DHEA (or prepubescent individuals) the Functional Adrenal Cortisol Rhythm from BioHealth Laboratory, aka. #204 profile is most appropriate. For individuals looking to assess cortisol and DHEA without the sex hormones and melatonin than choose the Functional Adrenal Stress Profile from BioHealth Laboratory called the #201 profile.