Dr Oz: Drugstore Thyroid Pills Warning
Drugstore thyroid pills are more popular than ever. If you’re looking for a quick way to boost your metabolism and were considering thyroid supplements, you’ll want to pay close attention. Are drugstore thyroid pills a scam or a real solution? He turned to Michelle, a woman who was worried that her thyroid was slowing down. She was having problems with low energy, hair loss, brain fog, and weight gain. Could an over-the-counter supplement fix her problems?
Dr Oz: Dangerous Ingredients In Thyroid Supplements
Consumer Reports Editor Lisa Gill reported that in 2013, a study was published in the Journal of Thyroid. In that study, researchers found 9/10 supplements they studied contained real hormones. Those hormones aren’t supposed to even be in the supplements at all. How is that legal?
First, hormones weren’t listed on the bottle. It’s legal because supplements are regulated far less strictly than medications in America, so most times manufacturers don’t have to demonstrate to the FDA that their product is potent, pure, or even show them what’s actually in it.
Thyroid hormones are regulated for a reason: they can be dangerous! If you have too much of the hormone, your problems could potentially become even worse. Excessive thyroid hormone can also cause anxiety, insomnia, bone loss, and other serious problems.
Dr Oz: Cow Glands In Thyroid Medications
Additionally, some thyroid supplements contain glands. Some of the hormones found in thyroid supplements are coming from glandular organs in cows. Even some prescription pharmaceuticals contain glands as well because they give the active thyroid hormone T3 and T4. That can be bad if you’re getting it from a supplement because you don’t know how much you’re getting and the amounts can vary. You can quickly become over-medicated. Over-ingesting cow glands can lead to serious medical conditions.
Bottom line… you probably shouldn’t take one of those over-the-counter supplements.