The adrenal glands are situated on the upper surface of each kidney. The three main groups of hormones secreted from the adrenal glands are:
Glucocorticoids, (cortisol/hydrocortisone being the main ones) which have effects on the metabolism and fluid balance. In pathological and pharmacological quantities, they have an anti-inflammatory action and suppress the response of the tissues to injury, delaying healing.
Mineralcorticoids, aldersterone being the main one. Its functions are associated with the maintenance of the electrolyte balance in the body, thus affecting water excretion and retention
Adrenaline and noradrenaline. Secretion of these hormones is closely related to nervous stimulation. Noradrenaline is vital for the maintenance of blood pressure and adrenaline is associated with the fight or flight response, which prepares the body in times of severe stress or danger.
The release of these hormones, in particular adrenaline, is closely linked with the stress reaction of the body which is designed to maximise survival chances in life threatening situations. Fortunately, in modern life these serious conditions rarely arise, but the body responds in a similar way when faced with stressful situations such as arguments, job interviews or traffic jams. Over-use of stimulants such as coffee, tea, chocolate and cigarettes coupled with periods of unmanaged stress can lead to adrenal exhaustion. The body channels energy into dealing with the stressor, thus slowing down digestion, maintenance and repair, leading to a number of symptoms and diseases associated with the digestive system and upsetting the hormone balance.
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The need for GLA, Vitamin C and Vitamin B5 increases during and after periods of either severe stress or long term low level stress. Obviously supplementing these particular vitamins is going to contribute to healthy adrenal glands but a long term strategy for coping with stress is essential.
We all experience stress differently. What may be stressful for one person may be fun for another. Each individual needs to find the best way of dealing with stress to suit their own personality and lifestyle. Stress management techniques need to be explored for their suitability and may include learning to “let go” and to delegate responsibility or the complete opposite by taking more control. Sometimes seeking professional help can be very beneficial in exploring what is the best method for you. Some considerations for healthy adrenal function may include:
Relaxation training: Meditation, Yoga, Muscle Relaxation, Massage
Lifestyle: Diet, healthy and balanced and reducing articifical stimulants, exercise, give up smoking.
The B group vitamins work synergistically as co-factors for thousands
of enzymatic reactions in the body. Best known for their crucial role in
energy production and reactions of the Krebs cycle, B vitamins are also
vital for the breakdown and metabolism of fats, blood sugar control,
and fluid balance. They are especially effective at boosting energy during
times of physical and/or emotional stress, when these vitamins are
The health and proper functioning of the cardiovascular system
relies on B vitamins as they are involved in nerve conduction,
neurotransmitter synthesis, and proper muscle function, including that
of the heart.
Adequate B vitamins are required by the endocrine system, with B6
being particularly beneficial for balancing hormones in women with
symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. B vitamins also support the health
of the skin, hair, and nails.
NutriVital B complex contains B6 in the most easily
assimilated form of pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P5P). It also
includes choline and inositol which work in synergy
with B vitamins.
Today’s diet is vastly different from that of our ancestors, lacking
both the variety and quantity of essential nutrients. Deficiencies are
increasingly widespread. One of the most common of these is essential
While most essential fatty acids can be synthesized in the body,
omegas 3 and 6 need to be supplemented through the diet. Flaxseed is
the richest plant source of omega 3’s.
Omega 3 fatty acids are the building blocks of cell membranes and
proper functioning of the cell depends on the integrity of these membranes.
Omega 3’s benefit nearly every body system and have been shown to
help reduce heart disease, cholesterol, strokes, inflammatory diseases,
including skin conditions such as eczema, and offer support to the
immune system, nervous system, and joints.
Flaxseed oil is high in lignans, gentle plant hormones that contribute
to oestogen balance. It is also a good source of B vitamins, potassium,
lecithin, magnesium, fibre, protein, and zinc.
Vitamin C has powerful antioxidant activity, neutralising free radicals
and protecting against oxidative damage. Bioflavonoids are organic
plant pigments that occur naturally with vitamin C. They increase
the bioavailability and absorption of vitamin C and have excellent
Vitamin C is essential for healthy immune function and to support the
body’s defenses against infection and inflammation.
Vitamin C plays an important role in the formation of collagen
needed for skin, bones, cartilage, and muscles. Vitamin C and
bioflavanoids are particularly effective at maintaining the integrity
and elasticity of blood vessels.
Vitamin C helps maintain cardiovascular health
and can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. Recent
research suggests that vitamin C also behaves as an
Vitamin C is made by almost every mammal except
humans. Because it is water soluble, it cannot be stored
in the body long-term, therefore it is important to
maintain regular intake.
Supplementation of vitamin C is especially important
during illness and stress when vitamin C is required in
large amounts and is quickly depleted.