Vitamins for Stress & Adrenals

Supplements for Stress and Adrenals

Are you feeling tired and stressed and wondering how you can re-energise and de-stress yourself? In the modern world, we face many challenges and situations which keep us in a constant state of stress and can affect our ability to cope.

For many individuals, changing dietary habits, lifestyle factors, using nutritional supplements and seeking alternative therapies can help to support the adrenal glands and improve resilience to stress.

Key Foods for Stress and Adrenals

Nutrients which support the adrenal glands and calm the stress response include: B vitamins, magnesium, selenium, tryptophan and antioxidants such as vitamin C and E. Include these foods in your diet:

  • Berries: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and blackcurrants are rich in vitamin C, one of nature’s most power antioxidants.
  • Organic free-range turkey and chicken provide an excellent source of tryptophan and B vitamins.
  • Dark green leafy vegetables: spinach, kale, rocket, Swiss chard and beet greens provide a good source of magnesium, B vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Brazil nuts: eating just 2 brazil nuts a day can meet your daily requirement for selenium. Eating more than this could cause selenium toxicity.

Which Supplements Can Support Stress and Adrenals?

Consider these top nutrients when looking for supplements to help reduce stress and keep calm:

  1. Ashwagandha (adaptogenic herb)
  2. Magnesium
  3. Vitamin C
  4. 5-HTP (boosts serotonin production)

Top Tips on Buying Supplements for Stress and Adrenals

  1. Avoid supplements containing 5-HTP if you are taking certain anti-depressant medications, such as SSRIs (citalopram, fluoxetine, sertraline) or tricyclics. Always check with your GP or nutritional therapist first before taking 5-HTP if you are on prescribed medications in case of potential drug nutrient interactions.
  2. For vitamin C, choose the ascorbate form rather than ascorbic acid, as this is gentler on the stomach.
  3. When choosing magnesium supplements, opt for magnesium glycinate or magnesium citrate which are the most bioavailable forms.

Nutritional Therapy Support For Stress and Adrenals

Work with a registered Nutritional Therapist for a personalised nutrition and diet plan, tailored to your specific health requirements. For one-to-one support with stress and adrenals and to book a consultation, head over to our expert page here:

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