So you think your thyroid isn't working properly. You know people who have been to see a doctor for hypothyroidism – low thyroid function – and they have never been happy with the medical treatment they received. Their weight is still a problem, and perhaps you wonder what good if any, the medication is doing.
You also know that the thyroid gland needs nourishment through certain nutrients, but you don’t know which ones are required for optimal thyroid health or why natural remedies help the thyroid.
Interestingly, the top herbs that herbalists use to treat those with hypothyroidism are the ones that contain a combination of vitamins and minerals, not just iodine by itself. Nutritionally, it’s always the combination of nutrients that keep you healthy.
So here are the top 9 herbs and minerals to combat hypothyroidism.
Nutrient #1 - Kelp
Kelp and other seaweeds contain many different nutrients. Kelp and Bladderwrack herb are good sources of minerals such as iodine to help support the thyroid gland. They also contain phytonutrients that fill in the metabolic gaps in the body and help the thyroid heal.
Kelp is also a chelator of heavy metals and chemicals. This is important because those with thyroid disease often have heavy metal accumulation. An increasing number of natural healing doctors are finding that those with hypothyroidism have a problem with chemical and heavy metal accumulation, and this directly affects the thyroid.
Nutrient #2 – Copper
Copper helps your body synthesize TSH and keeps T4 levels where they should be. A copper deficiency is notorious for causing high cholesterol levels. Copper is found in foods such as oysters and crab, beef, sunflower seeds, garbanzo beans, tomato paste, and dark chocolate.
Nutrient #3 – Shizandra
This herb is called an adaptogenic herb. It works to normalize heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure, which are all tied in with the thyroid gland.
Nutrient #4 – Ashwagandha
This is another adaptogenic herb. It’s an Indian herb that will help increase energy levels, extend lifespan, give you energy, and help regulate your heart rate and blood pressure. It supports the adrenal gland, which is important when there’s hypothyroidism. The adrenals, thyroid, and pituitary gland work together to keep you going, especially in times of stress.
Nutrient #5 – Zinc
T4, T3, and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels can dip when zinc levels are low. Plus hypothyroidism can cause a zinc deficiency, which perpetuates the cycle of low thyroid function.
(Note: If you want to discover the top 10 foods that Master Herbologist and Nutritionist Dr. Donna Schwontkowski recommends to boost your thyroid, then you can check out the guide here.)
Nutrient #6 – L-Tyrosine
This amino acid is added to iodine to create thyroid hormones.
Nutrient #7 – Selenium
This trace element converts T4 to T3. It’s also involved in the regulation of the thyroid hormones. One of the highest sources of selenium is Brazil nuts. One little nut can contain up to 50 mcg selenium.
Nutrient #8 – Bladderwrack
This herb is a good source of organic iodine that feeds the thyroid gland. This herb together with ashwagandha can increase the production of thyroid hormones.
Nutrient #9 – Iodine
Without enough iodine, your thyroid simply won’t work. This is why doctors are always so concerned about pregnant women with hypothyroidism. The hormones T3 and T4 contain iodine. Seafood is high in iodine, as is kelp and watercress.
Nutrient #10 – Iron
An iron deficiency can cause low thyroid function. On the other hand, too much iron interferes with thyroid function. Foods high in iron include blackstrap molasses, spinach, organ meats, regular meats, and lentils.
Nutrient #11 – Cayenne
Cayenne's effect on the circulatory system can address the major symptoms of low thyroid function. It boosts your metabolism, increases your energy levels, and warms your hands and feet.
Rebalance and Support Normal Thyroid Function The Natural Way
The good news is that these naturally-occurring vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs are especially helpful for those with hypothyroidism.
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