CortiTrax™ Natural Cortisol Blocker
Powerful Adaptogens & Natural Stress Fighters
Promotes healthy levels of cortisol and supports healthy lowering of stress levels
CortiTrax™ is a highly potent natural supplement for fast-acting stress support and healthy cortisol levels.
Using only targeted doses of the most effective ingredients (backed by scientific research), CortiTrax™ supports:
- Lowering stress levels
- Heightened memory
- Effective weight loss management
- Optimal muscle growth
- Overall adrenal gland health
- Healthy natural sleep & abundant energy
Are you working in a stressful environment or position? Take CortiTrax™ to help you deal with the stress the natural way - and give you the relaxation you need!
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Scientific References & Further Reading
The Importance of Cortisol Balance for Health
Cortisol is an important glucocorticoid hormone produced in the body by the adrenal glands. It is correlated to our body’s circadian and diurnal rhythms and its release plays a critical role in the waking up process . It is also released under stressful situations such as in the fight or flight response, during extreme exercise (such as heavy resistance training or long distance running), and in athletic and non-athletic human competition .
Its secretion naturally peaks in the morning when we wake up and then steadily declines throughout the day. The main biological role of cortisol is to restore hormonal balances following exposure to stressful situations.
Cortisol plays a major role in glycogenolysis. It is created from cholesterol by cytochrome P450 enzymes in the zona fasciculata of the adrenal cortex. Upon its release, cortisol elevates glucose levels and activates gluconeogenesis in the blood by blocking the effects of insulin.
Although cortisol release leads to higher blood sugar levels, it also helps to balance glucose levels through stimulating glycogen synthesis in the liver (which has the effect of lowering net sugar levels). Thus cortisol plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy balance of glucose in the body.
Cortisol is controlled by the release of ACTH, which itself is stimulated by corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) release in the hypothalamus. Once cortisol is released a feedback signal from the adrenal gland to the hypothalamus occurs. This blocks the release of CRH, and thus stops future stimulus of the hormones release in the adrenals.
The release of cortisol has many positive benefits for human health, and is important to manage for both bodybuilders and stressed out soccer moms alike. A small increase in levels of the hormone facilitates a burst of energy for the fight or flight survival response, it is involved in overall homeostasis, it can help to heighten memory function, and helps to support immune and nervous system responses.
Unfortunately, cortisol levels may not return to normal healthy levels – and remain elevated – due to the body not correctly activating its relaxation response mechanisms.
Elevated cortisol levels can have numerous detrimental effects on human health. High levels of cortisol in the blood may lead to poor cognitive performance, decreases in bone and muscle mass, poor regulation of blood pressure, poor healing and immune responses, suppression of thyroid function, and imbalances in blood glucose levels.
Maintaining a healthy cortisol level is of utmost importance for athletes, for men and women who partake in weight training workouts, and in the elderly as high levels are associated with muscle loss and weakness . Indeed, an increase in cortisol concentration following acute exercise has been reported to impair muscle strength performance [4–7]. This may especially be a problem for bodybuilders and athletes as short term high-intensity training (HIT) and acidosis are reported to induce cortisol and human growth hormone .
The VitaMonk CortiTrax product contains an array of herbs that are rich in bioactives reported to help block cortisol hormone release. The core ingredients of our VitaMonk CortiTrax Cortisol Blocker are:
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)
This herb is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine. As an adaptogen it is thought to help support adrenal health and aid in the response to stress.
As stress is known to stimulate the release of cortisol, it is important to keep it under control as best as possible.
The main bioactives found in Ashwagandha include steroidal lactones such as withaferin, withanone, withanolides and withanosides, catechins, β-sitosterol, polysaccharides, and various acids.
Constituents of Ashwagandha are reported to interact with numerous hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, follicle stimulating hormone, thyroid hormone, luteinizing hormone, and the corticosteroids
When stressed rats and mice are given a supplement of the glycosides found in Ashwagandha there is a notable reduction of cortisol in their serum . It has been reported that the supplementation with Ashwagandha may support a reduction of cortisol levels in humans by as much as 50% .
Holy Basil (Tulsi)
This herb is often used for the support of libido in Ayurveda medicine. It may also help to support general well being and fertility.
The main active compounds in the adaptogen Holy Basil (Ocimum Spp.) include ursolic acid, rosmarinic acid, ocimarin, ocimimosides, eugenol, and various bio-flavonols [11, 12].
Its use has been reported to support against stress  and to support the body’s response to anxiety.
Also known as Aaron’s rod and Golden root. This herb has long been used in traditional Chinese, Russian and Scandinavian medicines to offer support in stressful situations, such as exposure to extreme cold temperatures .
The plant is an adaptogen and is also thought to support healthy aging .
Its main biologically active components include tyrosol, β-sitosterol, Benzyl-O-β-glycopyranoside, rosavins, and viridoside .
Sunflower Oil Phosphatidylserine
Sunflower Oil is a rich source of both mono and polyunsaturated acids. Phosphatidylserine is included in this product as it may help with the support of stress, fatigue, cognition, and memory.
Phosphatidylserine supplementation has been reported to support stress and cortisol levels in healthy people. This phospholipid has been reported to play a role in hormonal response following resistance training, and to improve mood and cognitive function . It may also help to limit the natural increases in cortisol and ACTH that occur during exercise, thus acting as cortisol blockers .
Magnolia Bark (Hou Po)
Magnolia is a deciduous tree native to China. Its bark is used in traditional Chinese medicine for the support of relaxation. The bark is rich in compounds such as magnolol and honokiol, and contains numerous alkaloids .
The neolignans found in Magnolia are reported to support against increased corticosterone levels, to support against feeling stressed, and to enhance mood in rodents . A small pilot study suggested that magnolia extracts may help to support the response to anxiety in women .
Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia)
This plant is a native to Southeast Asia, where its root is used in traditional local medications as a health tonic. It is a rich source of quassinoids such as eurycomanone, glycosaponins, and eurycolactones .
It is reported to support weightlifting performance in men. The small pilot study suggested that it might support loss of body fat and to increase the size and strength of muscle . When Eurycoma longifolia supplements were provided to mice, support of anxiety was observed .
Banaba Leaf (Lagerstroemia)
This plant leaf is widely used for its support of glucose regulation and as a muscle builder.
Its key bioactive compounds include valoneaic acid dilactone, corosolic acid, lagerstroemin and other ellagitannin, and triterpenoids .
This tree is commonly used in dietary supplements as it is thought to help enhance cognition and act as a nootropic.
The main bioactive compounds found in Ginkgo biloba include Bilobalide, Gingkolides. Ginkgolic acids, and carboxylic acids 
An extract from Ginko (EGb 761) has been reported to support the release of cortisol under stressful situations and to support healthier blood pressure levels .
- Harvard Medical School: Why stress causes people to overeat: its effects on fat and sugar cravings, differences in gender responses, and advice on how to overcome stress [https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/why-stress-causes-people-to-overeat]
- Michigan State University Extension: Cortisol: The stress hormone [http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/cortisol_the_stress_hormone]
- Dartmouth College: The Physiology of Stress (Neurochemistry [http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/2011/02/the-physiology-of-stress-cortisol-and-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis/#.WYFWpf-GMy4]
- Mayo Clinic: Can Cortisol blockers help me lose weight [http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/expert-answers/cortisol-blockers/faq-20058132]
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What is a normal cortisol level?
Serum cortisol levels vary at different times of the day. In the mornings – when you wake up there is a natural secretion of the hormone – levels are usually in the range of 10 to 20 μg per dl; in the afternoon levels will drop to around 3 or 4 micrograms per deciliter; by the time that you retire to bed they are usually around 5 μg/dl.
What are some of the known risk factors known to increase cortisol levels?
Stress, sleep deprivation, alcohol, and caffeine.
How many capsules should I take, what is the recommended dosage?
The serving size is two capsules. There are 60 capsules in each bottle.