Adrenal glands, triangle-shaped glands located at the top your kidneys, are crucial for the production of hormones your body needs to survive. The outer part of the gland, known as the adrenal cortex, produces hormones involved in regulating a variety of body functions. The inner part, the adrenal medulla, produces hormones that play an important role in stress response. Sufficient intake of certain vitamins can help support adrenal gland health.
Pantothenic Acid Support
Pantothenic acid, sometimes referred to as the "anti-stress" vitamin, is a member of the B-vitamin family, individually known as B-5. It's critical to the manufacture of sex and stress-related hormones produced by your adrenal glands. The recommended dietary allowance for adults 19 years and older is 5 milligrams. Good food sources include fresh vegetables and meats, whole grains, egg yolks, milk, salmon, peanuts and lobster.
Vitamin C Support
Vitamin C is also required for proper adrenal function support. The adrenal glands contain a higher concentration of vitamin C than any other organ in your body; they release vitamin C and hormones into your blood during times of emotional or physical stress. The RDA for men over 18 years old is 90 milligrams and 75 milligrams for women over 18 years. Good foods sources of vitamin C include fresh fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin E Support
Vitamin E is crucial to enzymatic reactions in your adrenal glands that neutralize free radicals produced during the manufacture of adrenal hormones, according to the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine. Free radicals are unstable molecules that cause cell damage. The RDA for adults over 18 years old is 22.4 IU. Good food sources include eggs, nuts, sunflower seeds, olive oil, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, avocados and asparagus.
Your body needs niacin, or vitamin B-3, to make various sex and stress-related hormones in the adrenal glands, as well as other parts of the body. High doses of niacin -- 50 milligrams or more -- can cause side effects such as flushed skin, according to University of Maryland Medical Center. The RDA for adults 19 years and older is 14 milligrams for women and 16 milligrams for men. Good food sources of niacin include beets, beef liver, salmon, tuna, sunflower seeds and peanuts.
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
- University of Southern California, Department of Surgery: Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
- Huntington College of Health Sciences: Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
- Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine: Nutritional Supplements Used to Support Adrenal Function
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin E