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Hypothyroidism: Top Natural Supplements for Treatment

Thursday, 03 Mar 2011 10:52 AM

Hypothyroidism is a common endocrine disorder caused by a deficiency of the thyroid hormone.
 
The thyroid hormone plays an important role in stabilizing metabolism. As a result, people suffering from hypothyroidism will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolic rate. 
 
Hypothyroidism treatment can consist of several things including prescribed medicines, diet modifications, natural thyroid supplements, and exercise. 
 
Deficiency of iodine is the most common cause of hypothyroidism worldwide, while in the United States, autoimmune disease is the most common cause. 
 
Dietary changes certainly help in the treatment of hypothyroidism. It is important to reduce the consumption of foods that affect thyroid hormone synthesis such as cabbage, brussels sprouts, rapeseed, cauliflower, broccoli, soya, millet, sweet potatoes, maize, lima beans, fats, sugar, sodium chloride, meat, and eggs. Another important aspect in hypothyroidism treatment is lifestyle changes with proper exercise routines. 
 
Many natural supplements help in the treatment of hypothyroidism. Certain herbs can help fight hypothyroidism. 
 
Some of the top naturally occurring supplements that help in hypothyroidism treatment are: 
  1. Vitamins B-complex. This helps in building energy, stabilizing mood swings, the functioning of the nervous system, and healing of wounds.
  1. Multivitamin and multi-minerals. Vitamin C, vitamin A, B-complex fortified with vitamins B2, B3 and B6, selenium, vitamin E, and zinc are helpful for the treatment of hypothyroidism as they support normal thyroid hormone production.
  2. Vitamin C. It promotes the normal production of the thyroid hormone. Eating a variety of foods that contain vitamin C is the best way to get an adequate amount each day. Citrus fruits are the best sources of vitamin C.
  3. Iodine. Iodine is a trace element that is important for the synthesis of the thyroid hormone. Even mild iodine deficiency can result in hypothyroidism and other thyroid disorders. On the other hand, excess iodine can also harm the thyroid function. Therefore, combined dietary and supplementary levels of iodine should not be in excess of 600 mcg per day. Iodine is present in vegetables, yogurt, cow’s milk, eggs, strawberries, mozzarella cheese, fish onions, and radishes, to name a few.
  4. L-Phenylalanine. This is important for the normal functioning of the thyroid. Meat, beans, poultry, dairy products, and fish, contain some amount of L-Phenylalanine.
  5. Tyrosine. L-tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid that can help boost the levels of the thyroid hormone. Foods such as seaweed, fish, meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, and greens such as spinach contain some percentage of L-tyrosine. 

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