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Thyroid Vitamins - Using the Right Vitamins to Optimize your Metabolism

Updated on June 18, 2010
The Thyroid Gland is located in the throat.
The Thyroid Gland is located in the throat.

A lot of confusion surrounds thyroid vitamins and minerals. Our culture often views thyroid problems as just a concern for those who are overweight and just can't lose the weight no matter what they try. Without a doubt, being overweight is one of the most common symptoms of an under active thyroid, but there is much more to thyroid health than concerns about weight.

The thyroid gland creates the hormones that adjust how quickly the metabolism operates. The metabolism basically determines at what tempo your bodily functions operate at. The right combination of thyroid vitamins will help the gland function at optimal speeds. Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland is under active and this is by far the most typical thyroid issue that people endure. The symptoms of hypothyroidism are memory problems, the inability to lose weight, joint paint, digest problems, long times to heal from injury and fatigue.

Nuts are a Great Sourse of Selenium
Nuts are a Great Sourse of Selenium

3 Key Nutrients for the Thyroid

The most prevalent remedy for an under performing thyroid is to simply be prescribed thyroid replacement hormone and to use it for the rest of your life. While this treatment is proven successful, there is more you can do to increase your thyroid’s performance and possibly getting it performing at a pace that allows you to skip your synthetic thyroid treatments.

The three most essential thyroid vitamins and minerals are selenium, iodine and the B vitamin tyrosine. Iodine is a nutrient that is vital to human survival but most of us get too much in our contemporary diets anyway. Selenium is part of the thyroid hormone itself and helps the hormone break into the correct components in the blood system in order to work. B vitamins are necessary to cell creation and tyrosine specifically helps the thyroid manufacture hormones.

Soy is off limits if you have a Thyroid problem
Soy is off limits if you have a Thyroid problem

Nutrients you Need to Avoid

Both selenium and iodize rely on vitamin A in order to do their jobs interacting with the thyroid hormone procedure. Antioxidants such as vitamin C defend your cells from degrading and therefore help cancel out the slowed regenerating process caused by hypothyroidism. Omega 3 fatty acids help build healthy joints and increase brain performance and this also counteracts the side effects of hypothyroidism.

Along with these helpful vitamins, there two serious products that you will have to by pass consuming if you are hypothyroid. Fresh soy items, such as tofu and soy milk, are the biggest thing you will need to avoid. The isoflavones in soy mimic thyroid hormone which leads your thyroid to imagine there is plenty hormone in your body and to slow down manufacturing. Fluoride is another item you should try to cut down on. The water you drink combined with tooth care products and foods raised with fluorinated water causes excessive fluoride in most people's lives. It is very expensive to filter out fluoride from your water but you can buy fluoride free tooth care products which allows you to lower your exposure to fluoride.

Find the Right Vitamin Combination for your Body
Find the Right Vitamin Combination for your Body

Vitamins can help Improve your Quality of Life

Although thyroid conditions are considered chronic conditions, in that they plague a patient for life, there is plenty you can do to improve your thyroid. Thyroid vitamins can help both increase your thyroid’s ability to make hormones and counteract the negative effects of a poor metabolism. Always be sure there are at least 4 hours between taking synthetic thyroid hormones and any other supplements or medicines. It is also a great idea to review any thyroid vitamins you're taking with a health practitioner so that you can better appreciate how these nutrients affect your particular situation.

You can find out more information regarding how to select the optimal thyroid vitamins and additional subjects that individuals with thyroid troubles face.

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