The thyroid regulates your metabolism, and an underactive thyroid slows everything down from your temperature and pulse to the rate you burn calories and your energy level.
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is the most common condition by far. The most common cause is iodine deficiency. Other potential symptoms are: forgetfulness, depression, fatigue, heavier periods, mood swings, dry skin and hair, intolerance to cold, weight gain, constipation and hoarseness.
If you have these symptoms you should have your thyroid hormone and thyroid-stimulating hormone levels tested. You may need to take synthetic thyroid hormones, but you can also complement hormone therapy with the following nutrients. Whether you have normal thyroid levels, these vitamins and minerals can help you keep your thyroid running smoothly.
– Selenium – for the thyroid hormones to do their job your body needs to convert them into an active form. This is where the mineral selenium is required.
– Zinc – this is also needed for your thyroid hormones to function correctly.
– L-tyrosine (amino acid) – limits the amount of thyroid hormones that your body can make.
– Iodine – essential for bodily functions, also plays a role in the production of thyroid hormones. But it can be tricky, because too much iodine can aggregate the thyroid. You need at least 150 mcg a day.