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Are Thyroid Supplements Safe?

By    |   Thursday, 17 March 2016 01:06 PM

For people with hypothyroidism, thyroid supplements may be an option to stabilize hormone production and bring the metabolism to a normal rate.

Hypothyroidism is a disease where the thyroid gland, a part of the endocrine system that is found in the neck, does not produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormones. These hormones control a person’s metabolic rate. When not enough of these hormones are produced, the patient typically feels fatigue and tired, anxious, irritated, and even depressed, says Endocrine Web.

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Thyroid supplements are available in several different forms. Some are made of artificial hormones, and others use thyroid hormones from pigs or cows to make up for the hormone deficiency.

The New York Times reported in 2014 that some thyroid supplements have come into controversy after nine out of the 10 tested were found to contain prescription thyroid hormones that normally would need a doctor's approval.

WebMD states such additional levels of hormones can be "risky," even causing irregular heart palpitations.

Thyroid supplements coming from animals can come with cautions, as well. Diseases can be transmitted through animal tissue, says Dr. Andrew Weil.

Taking natural supplements to encourage the body’s production of hormones may be a better option. More specifically, this incorporates taking iodine.

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Iodine is one of two ingredients needed to make thyroid hormones. According to Progressive Health, it is the single most effective means of combating hypothyroidism. The body does not naturally make iodine, so it must be consumed through food. Sea vegetables, such as kelp, are high in iodine. Supplements of iodine are also available.

Patients should be careful with supplementing iodine, however, Progressive Health notes. It only helps with hypothyroidism when its cause is a lack of the mineral. Too much iodine can cause hyperthyroidism — when the thyroid produces too may hormones, leading to other problems, including rapid or irregular heartbeat.

Taking selenium may also help with hypothyroidism as it can help produce thyroid hormones and assist in preventing iodine deficiency, according to Progressive Health. Other substances that can be helpful in the upkeep of thyroid health are zinc, copper, vitamin D, antioxidants, fatty acids, and amino acids.

Patients should speak with a doctor before beginning to take any thyroid supplements and combining them in use, as well.

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