Don’t take “adrenal support” supplements, which are marketed to boost mood, vigor, physical performance, and mental concentration and help with weight control, among other claims.
These supplements often contain steroid hormones produced by the adrenal glands (such as cortisol and androstenedione) or thyroid hormones, though these are not disclosed on the labels, according to an analysis of 12 products, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings in 2018. As such, they are undeclared drugs and shouldn’t be marketed.
Not only can the hormones in supplements have unpredictable effects in the body, they can also throw off the results of hormonal testing and the diagnosis of hormone-related disorders, the researchers noted.
This article first appeared in the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.
Also see Be Wary of Liver Supplements.