Vitamin-C: Of all the vitamins and
involved in adrenal metabolism, vitamin-C is probably the most
important. It is essential to the adrenal hormone cascade and
manufacture of adrenal steroid hormones. It acts as an
antioxidant within the adrenal cortex. As it occurs in nature,
Vitamin-C exists as a combination of ascorbic acid and certain
bioflavinoids that are essential to ascorbic acid being fully
metabolized and utilized by the body. Vitamin-C is
water-soluble; quickly consumed or excreted from the body. It
should be taken throughout the day, particularly when the body
is under any kind of physical, emotional, environmental or
infectious stress. Vitamin-C also stimulates the immune
Although not directly required for any part of the adrenal
hormone manufacturing cascade, Vitamin-E is essential in at
least six different enzymatic reactions . It absorbs and
neutralizes damaging free radical molecules inside the adrenal
glands. Vitamin-C enhances Vitamin-E’s activity inside the cell
by regenerating the capacity of vitamin-E to sequester free
radicals. In order for the adrenals to maintain elevated
steroid production, high amounts of vitamin-E are necessary.
Adrena regeneration is best with mixed tocopherols that include
of the B-complex vitamins, pantothenic acid is essential to
energy production within the adrenal glands by converting into
acetyl-CoA, critical to conversion of glucose into energy. The
combination of pantothenic acid with magnesium, vitamin-E and
vitamin-C increases energy production and reduces fatigue on the
Large amounts of niacin are necessary to form the molecular
structure of certain niacin dependent coenzymes critical for
several steps in the adrenal cascade. Use “non-flushing” niacin
Co-factor in several of the enzymatic pathways in the adrenal
Needed in small quantities throughout the adrenal cascade.
like a spark plug for adrenals and the energy portion of every
cell; essential to the production of enzymes within the adrenal
hormone cascade. Increase during times of stress along with
Vitamin-C and Pantothenic acid.
Helps to settle nervous system and create inner calm. Best
absorbed late evening, taken with calcium. Calcium citrate best
Fiber: Mild constipation is normal in adrenal fatigue, but not healthy. Chronic constipation leads to re-absorbtion of toxins within the bowel. Adding extra fiber to the diet can normalize bowel function. As adrenals heal, the body’s responses become more efficient; liver function begins to detoxify more rapidly. This means that more toxic constituents are contained in the bile that is secreted by the liver and emptied into the intestinal tract for elimination. Fiber prevents bile from becoming toxic in the large intestine by binding with it along the digestive tract. Fiber therefore helps to eliminate fat-soluble toxins from the body.
Licorice Root: An adaptogenic* herb known to increase energy, endurance, vitality; acts as a mild tonic to nurture the adrenals; strong anti-viral, anti-inflammatory action; naturally fortify cortisone levels; help decrease symptoms of hypoglycemia; improves wound healing; soothes nervous stomachs; support immune function.
Ancient herb from India; historical use in Ayurvedic medicine;
adaptogenic herb known as Indian ginseng, although not related
botanically to the ginsengs; rejuvenator of tissues, organs;
promotes strength and vigor; anti-inflammatory action; shown to
normalize cortisol levels, whether too high or too low. Low
doses used throughout the day without drossiness; higher doses
used late evening and bedtime to promote drossiness and
Siberian Ginseng Root:
Not botanically a ginseng; adaptogenic herb that supports and
rejuvenates adrenal function, increases resistance to stress,
normalizes metabolism, down-regulates stress hormones; reverses
mental fatigue; increases energy, stamina, endurance;
anti-depressant properties have demonstrated its ability to calm
anxiousness, improve sleeping, diminish lethargy, lessen
irritability, induce sense of well-being; normalize blood sugar;
strengthen immune function; increase resistance to environmental
pollutants; improve Vitamin-Bs absorption, decrease Vitamin-C
loss; more normalizing than stimulatory in its effects on
American Ginseng Root:
true ginseng, suitable for men and women; energetically
considered a “cooling” herb; adaptogenic; builds energy and
stamina; supports immune functions; may have an androgenic
characteristic by increasing DHEA.
Ginger Root: Adaptogenic; helps modulate cortisol levels, normalize blood pressure & heart rate; stimulate digestive enzymes; circulatory herb; increase fluidity throughout tissues; increase energy & metabolic rate; anti-nauseant.
When under stress, the adrenals suffer tremendous oxidative
stress; this leads to significant increases in free radicals
within those cells that make the needed hormones. If the free
radicals generated in this process are not neutralized, the
production of hormones is slowed and tissue damage increases
within the cells. Ginkgo acts as a powerful anti-oxidant that
neutralizes free radical production, protecting the adrenals,
brain and liver.
*Adaptogenic herbs support the body during stressful periods; physical, emotional, or environmental stressors; feed & nurture tissues, organ systems to reverse damage done by stress; may also strengthen immune function; build energy and stamina over time.