Natural Thyroid Supplements

Sometimes we do not get enough of the required vitamins and minerals from our daily diets. Taking nutritional supplements can make up for what the diet lacks and can even manage thyroid symptoms quite well.

First Things First:

  • The important thing to remember is that it is important to take your thyroid medication on an empty stomach, and for optimal results medication should be taken at the same time every day.
  • Wait at least 1/2 hour to 1 hour before eating to allow time for the medication to dissolve and enter your system. If you can get up in the middle of the night just long enough to take the medication (about four hours before you usually wake) it should work even better.
  • Do not take supplements with the thyroid medication. Wait 4 hours before taking any supplement to avoid interfering with medication absorption.
  • People should ask their doctor about the use of iodine.
  • Always consult with a health professional before starting any supplement plan. 

Supplements That Interfere With Thyroid Medication:

  • Antacids
  • Calcium
  • Fiber
  • Iron
  • Anti-cholesterol
  • Anti-reflux

Suggested Thyroid Supplements:

Hint: When starting a supplement regimen, ask your health care provider if it is okay to take with medication or if you should wait a certain amount of time before taking.

  • Selenium: Important for the immune system and metabolism.
  • Vitamin D: Helps to strengthen immune system. Also helps to prevent certain cancers.
  • B vitamins: Aids in preventing many conditions.
  • Bugleweed: Good for many hyperthyroid conditions.
  • Eleuthero: Assists with adrenal issues and stress.
  • Magnesium: Prevents many conditions from developing.
  • Iron: People with thyroid problems are prone to develop anemia.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids: Taken in moderation. Too much in the system can cause other health problems.
  • Iodine: Mostly used to treat hyperthyroidism.

IMPORTANT:

Never try to treat yourself. There is no way for you to determine what harm or good these supplements are doing without the proper testing that only doctors and labs can provide. Some supplements should only be taken temporarily, while others are long term. Some people should have a lower dose while others do better with a higher dose. By treating yourself, you could cause more harm to yourself than good.

So, if your doctor does not have a supplement plan, ask if you can be referred to someone who does know about the usefulness of supplements. Pharmacists also should be able to answer questions about supplements or possibly refer you to a practitioner who knows.

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