ATP Cort RX 90 Capsules

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  • Helps the body to adapt efficiently to external stress
  • Reduces the severity of internal stress from toxic, immune and inflammatory triggers
  • Takes the burden off the adrenal gland and has a sparing effect on cortisol
  • Helps to restore healthy cortisol fluctuations
  • Anti-catabolic - by reducing the damaging effects of cortisol in response to stress, training and stimulants
  • Improve resilience
  • supports healthy digestion, detoxification and antioxidant defence systems
  • supports healthy immune system function
  • potent anti-inflammatory and pain reliever 

To fully understand how to influence hormonal secretions and activities we must first understand the big picture and know the natural cycles that dictate our body’s priorities between thrive or survive.

I can and will explain this in more depth but it is important to get the basic concept to understand and appreciate the intricacies of the individual triggers and hormones. Then we can learn how to use these hormones to maximise health and performance.

The HPA (Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal) Axis mediates our survival response.

The Hypothalamus in our brain collects data from our body to inform of potential stressors. The definition of a stressor is “anything that makes a change in our body”. So basically changes to our external and internal environment can instantly trigger a stress response. Our body can’t afford to wait and see if something is life threatening before it reacts, therefore it will trigger a stress response, proactively, just in case. The immune system, inflammatory chemicals, emotional stress, fear, pain, temperature extremes, toxicity, training hard, caffeine etc will all activate the Hypothalamus to initiate a survival response.

The hypothalamus sends a message to the pituitary gland in the form of a chemical called CRF (cortitropin releasing factor) aka CRH (corticotropin releasing hormone) to say stress! The pituitary gland panics and forgets all about the chemicals needed for other metabolic processes and activities, such as the gonads (The HPG axis) and the thyroid gland (the HPT axis) for now and pumps resources toward survival.

The pituitary gland pumps out ACTH to stimulate the adrenal cortex to release the hormone cortisol.

Cortisol has a number of jobs to do to aid in short term and long term survival:

  • In the short term, cortisol helps to raise blood sugar by gluconeogenesis and insulin resistance.
  • It also switches off most of the internal stress activators if they have been temporarily spiked by a low dose trigger like a microorganism or an allergen.
  • Cortisol switches off the activated immune system and stops the reaction.
  • Cortisol switches off the inflammatory response (By the way cortisone and hydrocortisone creams etc for colds flus and allergic reactions are drug versions of cortisol).
  • Cortisol blocks the sleepy chemical serotonin and wakes you up.
  • Cortisol raises blood pressure and blood volume through fluid retention in case of injury.

The secreted cortisol gets back to the hypothalamus and pituitary gland in your brain and activates negative feedback receptors to switch off our HPA axis stress response and everything goes back to normal. Cortisol is released to protect us from our own defence mechanisms.  Too easy.

You are right that sounds too easy. Life isn’t fair. If it isn’t one stress factor it’s another. We have bills to pay, our jobs to do, everyone else’s jobs to do, everyone else’s jobs to check, our job hasn’t got done, we got bills to pay and then the phone rings. Oh yeah, that’s right; I have bad allergies and a funny gut, and I am bloody sore from training legs 2 days ago.

Basically if cortisol is going back to your brain saying, “Chill I got it covered”, but other stress triggers are coming in, and therefore our brain has to over-ride the cortisol and activate a further more intense stress response. The negative feedback receptors in the brain can desensitize to cortisol and ignore the negative feedback request but the rest of the body is still affected by the cortisol and there is more coming.

Chronic exposure to cortisol is a sign that you are not safe. So don’t relax. Blocked serotonin activity means you will be feeling like if you aren’t punching and running you should at least be hiding, so insomnia and anxiety is common with elevated cortisol. In case of injury and immobilization or hiding cortisol preserves fat and fluid around internal organs and the elevated blood pressure, and fluid retention can start causing problems in the cardiovascular system. The immune system gets constant exposure and is supressed allowing for infection and infestation. Muscles and bone are catabolized to fuel the stress response.

So in the real world we all suffer through various versions and stages of adrenal maladaptation depending on our individual circumstances and types of stress.


Each 500mg capsual contains ATP Science Cort RX Blend: Schisandra chinensis berry extract, Withania somnifers extract, Withania somnifera extract, Rhodiola rosea extract, Curcuma longa extract.

Schisandra chinensis has been used in Traditional Chinese culture since antiquity. It is highly regarded as it is said to possess each of the five classically recognised tastes, namely bitter, sweet, salty, sour and pungent. Its use in men is reported in texts that date back to the first century BC.

Schisandra is a woody vine with numerous clusters of tiny, bright red berries. It is found throughout northern and northeast China and the adjacent regions on Russia and Korea. It has sour, sweet, salty, hot and bitter tastes. This unusual combination of flavours is reflected in its Chinese name wu-wei-zi meaning five tastes fruit. Schisandra has been used in Chinese culture for centuries.

Withania has been utilised as an important herb in Traditional Indian culture with reports of its use dating back 3000-4000 years. It is a highly regarded herb in Traditional Indian culture. It is a small evergreen shrub that grows to about four or five feet tall. Withania holds a place in India similar to that of Ginseng in China. It is known as a herb that has a particular affinity with males.

Rhodiola (also known as golden root), grows primarily in the sandy grounds at high altitudes in the arctic areas of Europe and Asia. It has been utilized as an important herb for centuries in Russia and Scandinavia. Siberians secretly transported the herb down ancient trails to the Caucasian Mountains where it was traded for Georgian wines, fruits, garlic, and honey. Chinese emperors sent expeditions to Siberia to bring back the “golden root”.

Rhodiola has been used in Traditional cultures of China, Serbia and Capathian mountains of the Ukraine. It has a tradition of use in both men and women. In Serbia it was taken regularly especially during the cold and wet winters. It is reported to have been used by the Vikings.

Curcuma longa is a member of the ginger family and grows to a height of three to five feet. It is the source of the spice turmeric. It has a long history of use in China and India with its use dating back centuries. In the 13th Century Marco polo marveled at its similarities to saffron. A component of curcuma known as curcumin, gives curries the characteristic yellow colour and is also used for many other purposes, including to colour foods and clothes.