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Nutrient supplements important for healthy thyroid function are:
- Selenium: 200 mcg daily; selenium deficiency can exacerbate the effects of iodine deficiency and less so for vitamin A or iron deficiency;iron, zinc and copper deficiency can adversely affect thyroid hormone metabolism, too.
- Zinc: An essential element for the basic biochemical reactions of the thyroid gland and hormones. In 2009, it was shown that low serum thyroid hormone levels improved after six months of zinc supplementation.
- Vitamin D-3:Required by the thyroid gland. In a 2011 issue of Thyroid, low levels of vitamin D were associated with worsened thyroid function in patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Make sure you are getting sufficient vitamin D3 or 20 minutes of sunlight daily (enough sunlight for your skin to make adequate amounts).
Herbs That Enhance Thyroid Function
- Sea Kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum):Provides natural iodine. Also protects thyroid cells from inflammation. Decreases the risk of autoimmune thyroid disease.
- Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus):Provides a natural iodine source. Also, it has anti-estrogen properties, thereby reducing the risk of thyroid gland inflammation by estrogen in both men and women.
- Hops (Humulus lupulus): Contains xanthohumol, which enhances iodine uptake by the thyroidand represses the activation of the pro-inflammatory molecule NF-kappaB, thereby decreasing pro-inflammatory cytokines TNF-alpha, IL-6.
- Coleus (Coleus forskohlii): Stimulates iodine uptake; boosts thyroglobulin, T4 & T3 production: enhances T3 and T4 secretion.
- Brahmi (Bacopa monniera): Provides direct thyroid stimulation by increasing serum T4 by 41 percent but not T3 in lab experiments.
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera):Raises serum levels of thyroid hormones by acting directly on the thyroid gland. (Even raised thyroid hormone excessively in a woman who took too high a dose of ashwagandha
- Guggul (Commiphora mukul): Directly stimulates T3 production by influencing liver enzymes.
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and Sage (Salvia officinalis):Contain carnosic acid (thought to increase thyroid hormone-specific receptors on the nuclei of target tissue cells