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Cortisol is normally produced by the adrenal glands, located just above the kidneys. It belongs to a class of hormones called glucocorticoids, which affect almost every organ and tissue in the body. Scientists think that cortisol has possibly hundreds of effects in the body. Cortisol's most important job is to help the body respond to stress. Among its other vital tasks, cortisol:

  • Helps maintain blood pressure and heart function.
  • Helps slow the immune system's inflammation response.
  • Helps balance the effects of insulin in breaking down sugar for energy.
  • Helps regulate the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
  • Helps maintain proper arousal and sense of well-being.

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