Adrenal Support Supplements


The adrenal glands are the organs in the body most susceptible to the negative consequences of stress. As they wear down and fatigue the health of the overall body declines and healing becomes more and more difficult. Therefore, it is very important to identify adrenal fatigue or exhaustion and support the adrenal glands to recovery. There are several different botanicals, vitamins, minerals, and glandulars that can be used to successfully restore the health of the adrenal glands.


Adaptogenic Botanicals

Adaptogenic botanicals like licorice, ashwaganda, ginseng, schizandra, wild oat, and macca are often used alone or in combination to support the optimal function of the adrenals. These herbal remedies have been used for decades with very safe and effective track records. I recommend a combination product as it seems that adaptogenic herbs work best for most people in combination.

B Complex

The B complex vitamins are crucial for cellular metabolism and energy production. In fact, the B vitamins are required to produce energy as part of the citric acid cycle. The adrenal glands have a high demand for the B vitamins because they are so metabolically active and this demand increases during periods of high stress and recovery.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is utilized by the adrenal glands to produce stress hormones like cortisol in healthy amounts. During periods of high stress the amount of Vitamin C required by the adrenal glands increases. If vitamin C is deficient during stressful times the body is not able to respond optimally. When vitamin C is deficient in non-stressful times the adrenal glands may actually produce more cortisol because of the stress of vitamin C deficiency.


The adrenal glands are highly metabolically active organs and thus have a high demand for minerals that act as co-factors in the production of energy and hormones. Magnesium is one of the most important co-factor minerals and also happens to be one of the most deficient minerals in our soils. The trace minerals like zinc, selenium, and copper are required by the adrenal glands for energy production.

Glandular Extracts

Glandular extracts provide the raw materials and nutrients required for regenerating the adrenal glands. In fact, they can significantly increase the speed of recovery. It is important to use high quality sources of glandular extracts because of the potential for toxicity.

Intravenous Nutrient Infusions

Intravenous nutrient infusions are one of the most potent ways to supply the adrenal glands with the vital nutrients it needs for optimal function. IV infusions provide nutrients directly into the bloodstream and thus all cells of the body. IVs bypass faulty digestion and metabolism in the liver. Intravenous infusions are a highly effective way to help regenerate the adrenal glands and provide them with many of the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients they require.

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Dr. Brent Barlow is a Naturopathic Physician practicing at The Kelowna Wellness Clinic in downtown Kelowna. Dr. Barlow has been in practice in Kelowna since graduating from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver in 2009.

Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care physicians, and primarily use natural medicine to treat disease and promote wellness. Dr. Barlow believes strongly in identifying and treating the causes of disease rather than focusing on the treatment of symptoms.

Naturopathic medicine utilizes diet therapy, botanical medicine, nutritional supplementation, acupuncture, spinal manipulation and other physical medicine treatments to treat the causes of disease. Dr. Barlow also trained in the specialized treatments of prolotherapy, neural therapy, intravenous nutrient infusions, and chelation therapy.

Dr. Barlow is in general practice and welcomes all individuals and families. As a naturopathic physician he is trained to treat all health conditions in the manner that best suits the goals of each individual patient. He also has special interests in natural treatments for pain management and digestive health.

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