Nutrition to Keep Your Adrenal Glands Healthy

Taking these nutrients can help keep your adrenals working optimally

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The goal of health prevention is to do all that we can to not only prevent illness but also to promote wellness. This statement is so true especially when we consider optimizing your adrenal health. What should you be taking on a daily basis to keep your adrenal glands healthy?

Vitamin C 

Your adrenal glands soak up Vitamin C like a sponge does water. At the bare minimum, you should be consuming the equivalent of 1000 to 2000 mg of Vitamin C on a daily basis.

Foods high in Vitamin C include green vegetables such as kale and broccoli and berries including strawberries. Oranges contain a lot of vitamin C as well. You should first look to changing your diet to increase the consumption of foods high in Vitamin C. 

Many people find that they need to supplement Vitamin C in their diet. If you decide to take a Vitamin C supplement, consider choosing an ester form. This is a longer acting form of Vitamin C that is better absorbed.  

B Vitamins

The B vitamins work with Vitamin C to help keep your adrenal glands healthy. Vitamins B1, B2, B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6 (pyridoxal phosphate) are vital for adrenal gland functioning. Many of the green leafy vegetables contain excellent amounts of many of the B vitamins, including Vitamins B1, B2, and B6. Salmon and avocado are excellent sources of Vitamin B5.  Vitamin B12 is going to be found more in meats;  remember to choose organic when choosing meat.

If you are a vegetarian, you will need to supplement with B12.  You can get mainly of your daily "adrenal requirements" with a good B complex vitamin. If there is a concern that you may be deficient in a particular B vitamin, blood measures can be measured to see if additional supplemental may be needed of a particular B vitamin.

You may require additional supplementation with B12; the sublingual (under the tongue) is a good form of B12 that is well absorbed. Stomach acid can break down the B12 if you take it by mouth.


Not only is this mineral essential for heart and bone health, it is important for adrenal gland functioning as well. Foods high in magnesium include green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds. You should aim to consume about 600 mg of magnesium on a daily basis. There are many forms of magnesium but one form of magnesium that I like is magnesium malate which is a combination of magnesium plus malic acid. Malic acid is a great energy booster to cells and great for the adrenal gland.


In addition to magnesium, the adrenal gland requires calcium for optimal functioning. Many supplements that contain magnesium also contain calcium. If you can, try to stay away from dairy forms of calcium. There is some concern that they may increase the risk of calcification of vessels, including the coronary arteries (the arteries supplying the heart). Green leafy vegetables, including kale and broccoli, are excellent vegetarian sources of calcium. In addition, there are vegetarian based capsules that contain calcium which I don't believe have the same risk as other forms of calcium supplements.


Selenium and Zinc

Selenium is a trace mineral that is not just excellent for thyroid support but also for adrenal gland support as well. Zinc is another much-needed trace mineral that is also excellent for supporting the immune system.


The carotenoids are a group of antioxidants at have a very high concentration in the adrenal glands. Antioxidants in this class include the carotenes, astaxanthin, and zeaxanthin. 

You should be taking a good vitamin powder or daily mvi.