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What are the Different Types of Glandular Supplements?

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  • Last Modified Date: 06 December 2016
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There are two main types of glandular supplements consumers may choose from. The first includes actual glandular tissue from animals that helps to support the glands in the human body. The second has ingredients which may help to support glands and the entire endocrine system in the body. These two varieties may be used in conjunction with one another.

Glandular supplements are commonly used to help support the pituitary, thyroid, and other glands. These are part of the endocrine system and are responsible for hormone development throughout the body. When they are not working properly, any number of bodily systems can be thrown off course. Supplements may be used in minor cases of imbalance to help the body heal itself and function more properly.

One of the most common types of glandular supplements use substances which may help glands in the body work more effectively. For instance, iodine has been shown to increase thyroid function. Certain vitamins have also shown to be beneficial. These may be used in combination with one another to benefit more than one gland and to work more effectively.

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Other glandular supplements use glandular tissue extracted from certain animals. Goats are commonly used as their glandular systems are more similar to that of humans than some other animals. These types may also contain additional vitamins and food substances to provide the most benefit. It is usually a good idea to ensure that the supplements containing real glandular tissue come from animals bred for that purpose and fed organic materials with no added hormones or steroids, as these substances could cause additional harm to the endocrine and other systems.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of a glandular disorder should consult a health care professional. Symptoms may include weight gain or loss, fatigue, malaise, intolerance to cold, changes in menstruation, moodiness, and an inability to lose weight despite regular exercise and dietary changes. The most common conditions affect the thyroid gland and can be successfully treated. Unfortunately, thyroid tests can be inaccurate and medical professionals are still debating on what hormone levels constitute normal thyroid function. Glandular supplements, under a doctor's supervision, may help.

Glandular supplements should only be used with a doctor's guidance and should not be taken with certain medications. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult a medical professional before taking them. Patients should not self-diagnose or treat any disorder without first being examined.

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