Your adrenal glands are located on top of your kidneys. They are a vital part of your endocrine (hormone-producing) system. The adrenal cortex is the portion of your adrenal glands responsible for making essential hormones, including glucocorticoids. These hormones support healthy stress responses, immune function, glucose metabolism, and normal blood pressure.†
One of the most critical glucocorticoids is a steroid hormone called cortisol. It provides your body with alertness, energy, and focus during times of stress. This get-up-and-go hormone helps you ‘fight or flight’ in situations that are perceived as threats.†
When cortisol and other adrenal hormones are released, stored glucose and fats are also released. These circulating sugars and fats help to power your large muscle groups. At the same time, cortisol shuts down normal digestive processes. Instead, it shunts energy towards responding to immediate threats. Mother nature designed this entire process so you can quickly fight off invaders or run away from predators.†
In modern society, our mind perceives things as threats that are not actually life-threatening. Traffic, long lines, overdue bills, and arguments with coworkers all trigger the same stress response in your body. These constant stressors can lead to the continual release of cortisol. This, in turn, can trigger imbalanced blood levels of fats and glucose, digestive issues, and nutrient deficiencies. As such, numerous health conditions have been associated with repeated exposure to stress.
Some individuals have a reduced ability to produce adrenal hormones, like cortisol, due to genetic variations or high-stress lifestyles. With overuse, any organ, gland, or tissue can become depleted of nutrient stores.
Indigenous cultures have eaten the organs and glands of animals to replete nutrients lost from stress, illness, or pregnancy. Adrenal Cortex by Seeking Health provides 50 mg of bovine adrenal cortex per capsule. This provides the raw material building blocks for nourishing your adrenal glands. The adrenal cortex tissue in this formula is freeze-dried to preserve biological activity and freshness. It is sourced from high-quality, free-range, synthetic hormone-free Argentinian cows.†
As with any glandular extract, we recommend using Adrenal Cortex only when needed and as directed by your healthcare provider. For an herbal, vegan approach to adrenal support, consider our Adrenal Nutrients formula.†