The pituitary gland is part of the endocrine system and about the size of a pea. It sits at the base of your brain near the hypothalamus. The pituitary gland has two main parts: the anterior pituitary and the posterior pituitary. Each portion serves to supply different hormones to the body for optimal health. There are many different hormones that the pituitary gland supplies, so many in fact that this gland is typically referred to as "the master gland."
Hormones secreted from the pituitary gland help to control growth, blood pressure, energy management, all functions of the sex organs, thyroid gland, and metabolism, as well as some aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, water/salt concentration with the kidneys, temperature regulation and pain relief.
When the healthy function of the pituitary gland is challenged, it may begin generating too much of a hormone, or develop an unusual growth, among other issues. It’s important to maintain pituitary gland health, because it has a big impact on regulating vital body functions and general wellbeing.
Vitamin E and vitamin D support the health of the entire endocrine group. You can ingest these nutrients from certain foods or dietary supplements in order to function optimally. Proteins from lean beef, fish and poultry may also help maintain the gland’s health, as well as the antioxidant manganese, which can be found in leafy greens, nuts and whole grains.