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Adrenal Extract Supplement: Benefits and Side Effects

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 12:39 AM

Adrenal extracts, known as ACE or adrenal cortical extracts, are immensely useful in treating symptoms of fatigue, stress, depression, and asthma caused by reduced adrenal functions. These supplements primarily contain the hormone hydrocortisone. The supplements are available both as capsules and as injections. Along with the benefits of these supplements, their numerous side effects can cause serious risks to human health in cases of overdosing. Let us discuss the use and side effects of these extracts and supplements.

 
Various Uses of Adrenal Extracts

These extract supplements counter fatigue/stress. Depletion of adrenal reserves in the body due to a poor lifestyle or chronic stress may lead to ill health and adrenal fatigue. This fatigue may be accompanied by symptoms of dizziness, tiredness, headaches, memory issues, fainting, and depression. Adrenal cortical extract supplements treat fatigue because they contain the adrenal gland hormones that help increase the body’s depleted adrenal hormonal reserves and in fighting symptoms of fatigue. If the adrenal glands fail completely due to fatigue, this crisis is an emergency requiring medical treatment. However, for suboptimal hormonal reserves caused due to fatigue, ACE supplements may be taken as capsules or as injections. However, a healthy lifestyle must be maintained along with the adrenal cortical extract supplements for long-term treatment of fatigue or any symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Treatment for adrenal fatigue varies according to the symptoms and condition of each patient. Accordingly, health experts prescribe proper dosage of these supplements.
 
These supplements, in conjunction with other dietary supplements like vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and L-tyrosine etc. can treat allergies, asthma, and arthritis. They are used for lowering blood pressure and for treating some autoimmune disorders.

 
Side Effects of These Hormonal Extracts

ACE supplements treat fatigue and various symptoms of exhaustion along with many other health conditions. Nevertheless, overdosing can cause some potential side effects. They are hazardous for pregnant women, with miscarriage being among the possible side effects. There are higher chances of significant side effects in people with any allergy or hypersensitivity to these extracts. Among other side effects, ACE extract supplements can cause the appearance of bacterial infection when taken as injections. This is one of the most serious side effects.

It is advisable to seek expert advice before determining whether these extracts and supplements are right for you and whether they may cause any side effects.
 

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Adrenal cortical extracts are obtained from the adrenal glands of cattle and some domestic animals like pigs and sheep and treat fatigue, stress, severe allergies, and asthma caused due to low adrenal function. Though adrenal extracts are beneficial, they have many side effects.
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