Thyroid Health

Vitamins & Supplements:

  • 5-HTP
  • ashwagandha
  • astragalus
  • b-complex (folate)
  • Chromium
  • cordycep mushroom
  • GABA (try Oolong tea, cherry tomatoes with pine nut hummus & olive oil, or plain Greek yogurt, for GABA)
  • ginseng
  • holy basil
  • hydrolyzed collagen
  • iodine
  • iron
  • l-theanine (in green tea – calming effect. helps bind GABA to dopamine receptors)
  • licorice root (increases energy and endurance. protects thymus from high cortisol damage. restores underactive adrenal glands and improves cortisol
  • levels.

  • magnesium
  • omega 3s
  • phosphytidylserine (normalizes cortisol. regulates pituitary and adrenal glands)
  • rhodiola
  • selenium
  • tyrosine sourced from eggs, meat. so vegans and vegetarians should be in trouble. (tyrosine + iodine = Thyroid hormones)
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin D
  • zinc
  • non essential, but valuable: n-acetylcysteine 600mg/day, alpha-lipoic acid 600mg/day, acetyl l-carnitine 250-500/day, co-enzyme Q, 300-400mg/day PQQ
  • 10-20mg/day, vit-E.

Also:

  • -antithyroid foods: wheat, rye, oats, barley, millet, soy, cruciferous veg(cauliflower, cabbage, collards, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, turnips, rutabagas.)
  • -antithyroid substances: tap water (fluoride, chlorine, hydrocarbons: displaces iodine in the thyroid. fluoride was used for hyperthyroidism to suppress thyroid function!), birth control pills (estrogen), lithium,
  • -chronic stress or emotional/physical trauma (especially to the head/neck) could reduce thyroid function.
  • +exercise
  • +sunlight
  • +grounding to earth!
  • cortisol is required to convert T4 to T3. (and B6?)

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