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Cortisol Manager -A PCOS Supplement I Can’t Live Without

The beginning of this year was a very stressful time in my life . My third child was born January 27th, a week after my husband was let go from a job he loved. Dealing with a newborn, job loss, postpartum and two active boys cooped up all winter would put anyone over the edge. But if you read my previous posts about “The Importance of Keeping Your Cool” you will remember why it is important for women with PCOS to control their stress, particularly the stress hormone – cortisol.

A series of labs I had done in late 2007 indicated that my cortisol levels were above norm, so after all the added stress of early 2009 I knew I needed some help above and beyond my typical stress reduction techniques. (see posts) After consulting with my naturopath, Dr. Nancy Dunne, I decided to try Integrative Therapeutics, Cortisol Manager . Dr. Dunne asked if my husband would hear the baby crying in the middle of the night because this product can help you sleep soundly. I have to say that I still heard my baby in the middle of the night the first night I took Cortisol Manager (and every night after), but I did have a more restful night and woke up feeling refreshed despite the 3am feeding.

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I really like how I feel when I take Cortisol Manager. I feel more relaxed during the day, sleep better and have actually lost some belly fat because of the reduced cortisol levels. If I forget to take one at night, I can tell the difference the next day. I feel more edgy and anxious. I have recommended the product to several of my friends who have experienced similar results. Here is the description from the manufacturer’s website:

Cortisol Manager dietary supplement has been clinically shown to reduce cortisol levels. The supplement combines an effective dose of phosphatidylserine with documented stress-reducing ingredients and cortisol-lowering botanicals to help relieve occasional sleeplessness at night while also providing all-day stress reduction. Cortisol Manager promotes relaxation and supports a healthy sleep cycle without the use of habit forming ingredients. This safe and natural formula increases the ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and will not cause morning grogginess.

A 28-day clinical trial found that Cortisol Manager produced a dramatic reduction in stress during the course of the study. Salivary cortisol levels decreased by more than 60% after the first dose of Cortisol Manager. The effect continued throughout the duration of the study, averaging a 75-83% reduction in cortisol. No side effects were noted, and the formula was well tolerated by participants.

Additionally, the participant survey revealed that:

  • 71% of participants felt more relaxed during the day
  • 71% experienced improved sleep
  • 64% achieved deeper sleep, while 57% felt they fell asleep more easily
  • 57% felt their stress level was reduced
  • 57% felt they were better able to handle stressful situations

I certainly have experienced all of these results. If you are interested in giving Cortisol Manager a try, I found has the best pricing.

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  1. Hey. Have you ever tried Relacore? They have one to take during the day and a night time Relacore. Do you know how Cortisol Manager compares?

  2. I have been taking this for 5 weeks now and I have seen a significant amount of improvement in my stress levels, my lower belly fat (I affectionately call my pooch), my sleep is very restful and best of all I manage my many life stresses better with the help of this natural supplement. Couldn’t be happier with the recommendation!

  3. thanks for this article! So has the supplement continued to help you to sleep. I suffer from insomnia due to stress and not being able to wind down at night. Please let me know! Thanks!

  4. Hi Amy,

    I have so much stress and anxiety in my life and would love to be able to take this, only problem is that I have anxiety about TAKING IT! Any ideas on how I can get past that?

    I have recently been opened to your website and LOVE IT, thank you so much for doing this, I appreciate all your articles and will be reading them religiously!

    1. Heather-
      A main component of this formula is an Aryvedic herb called ashwagandha. I might just purchase it and see how it makes you feel. I love it and it really helps calm and center me.

  5. First of all Amy thank you so much for having this blog and giving out so much helpful information. 🙂

    Secondly, have you heard about or tried the Insulite Labs PCOS system? I have been on it for almost two months now. I am interested in your feedback regarding this system in particular. Here is a link –

    1. You are very welcome! I have used Insulite in the past. I think that changes in diet and lifestyle helped me more than Insulite. How are you feeling?

      1. Yeah I am doing just okay… I have PCOS, but I get a menstrual cycle every month. It is just really painful and I have irregular bleeding, etc. So, far the Insulite is not helping that… My Hirsutism seems a little worse too. Not happy about that at all! 🙁

  6. i just receivd this product today and i’m praying for a miracle. I havne’t slept in probably 4 months with out a serious sleep aid (drug:( ) i have high cortisol at the night. My dr jsut recommended this.

  7. I find that I still wake up at night, but go back to sleep. I do have many dreams when taking this product. Lately, crazy ones that make we wake up feeling anxious.