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6 Nutrients and Supplements for Your Thyroid

Thursday, 30 August 2018 03:45 PM

Nutrients and supplements can help maintain a healthy thyroid, the small gland at the front of the neck that regulates metabolism through the production of the thyroxine hormone.

"Vitamins and nutrients can help fight the underlying causes of thyroid disorders, such as autoimmune processes and inflammation, and help improve a dysfunctional thyroid," Dr. Raphael Kellman, a functional medicine physician in New York City and author of "The Microbiome Diet," said, according to Everyday Health.

Kellman cautions that taking thyroid supplements should be done under the supervision of a doctor, who can help monitor individual levels of vitamins and minerals through blood testing and guard against negative reactions.

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Everyday Health noted six nutrients that may be beneficial for those with hypothyroidism, a condition in which their thyroid doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone: iodine, vitamin B, selenium, zinc, tyrosine, and vitamin D.

1. Iodine — A small amount of iodine helps the thyroid manufacture thyroxine. Iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism, and some alternative medicine practitioners recommend getting iodine through iodine tablets or kelp supplements, according to Mayo Clinic. But deficiency is rare in the U.S., and too much iodine can cause adverse effects, including the worsening of hypothyroidism, the Mayo Clinic said.

2. Vitamin B — B12 deficiency is common in hypothyroid patients, according to a 2008 study in the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, which found that replacement of the vitamin may lead to improvement of symptoms.

3. Selenium — Maintaining selenium through diet or supplementation can prevent thyroid disease and maintain overall health, according to a 2017 study International Journal of Endocrinology.

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4. Zinc — Along with selenium, zinc is another trace element associated with the thyroid. Metabolism of zinc and thyroid hormones are interlinked, according to a 2013 study in the International Journal of Trichology, which noted that zinc supplements may help improve hair loss attributed to hypothyroidism.

5. Tyrosine — Tyrosine is an amino acid involved in the production of thyroid hormone. Found in most high-protein foods as well as in dietary supplements, tyrosine has many benefits, but may interact with certain medications, according to Healthline.

6. Vitamin D — Vitamin D deficiency is associated with hypothyroidism, according to a 2013 study in the International Journal of Health Sciences, suggesting that screening and supplementation of vitamin D may benefit patients.

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