Adrenal Complex is a glandular-based adrenal product offering comprehensive support for overall adrenal and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function. The adrenal glands are mainly responsible for secreting cortisol and catecholamines (epinephrine and norepinephrine), the hormones involved in mediating stress responses. In addition to causing the depletion of a host of micronutrients, stress can alter levels of cortisol and catecholamines in a detrimental manner.
Maintaining ideal levels of cortisol, referred to as the “stress hormone,” is critical to health. The adrenals secrete this hormone during the body’s “fight or flight” response to stress. Small increases of cortisol are often welcomed, such as those quick bursts of energy necessary in crisis situations for survival reasons, or in helping to maintain homeostasis in the body. However, higher than normal levels of cortisol for prolonged amounts of time, as seen with chronic stress, have been shown to have negative effects on the body. For example, cortisol increases serum blood glucose and insulin levels, inducing dysglycemia and laying the foundation for metabolic syndrome.