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My Thyroid and Me, Chapter 2

Posted by Stefanie White on

Hi, its Stefanie again, back with a new Thyroid and Me post. 
Since my last post, I have been hounding the internet for all the best and worst foods to consume and boy have I had some mixed reviews. 
One site says don’t eat leafy veg and another one says to eat in moderation, however, the most important factor behind this is consuming the right vitamins. 
We all know we should eat all the right foods to obtain the necessary vitamins to maintain good health. Lack of certain vitamins and minerals can cause thyroid deficiency and with having a deficiency in the thyroid the vitamins you are taking in are unable to be processed properly. 
Both Stephen Langer in his book Solved: ‘The riddle of illness and Dr Ridha Aremin in his book ‘The Thyroid Solution’, tell us that people with thyroid problems should make sure they get enough vitamins, either by eating plenty of the foods containing these vitamins or by supplements.  
Many people of today lead busy lives and do not have time to eat properly, and many women miss meals all together just to lose weight, not realising how much damage they are doing to their thyroids. Even if you try to eat properly, by the time we purchase, prepare, and cook everyday foods, most of the nutrients have disappeared and we believe supplements are essential to maintain a good thyroid. A lack of protein in a thyroid deficient person can also cause problems. 
It is very common for doctors of today not to check us for mineral or vitamins deficiency and it is very common to hear a lot of people suffering from pernicious anaemia. 
So next time you see your GP ask to be checked for you vitamins levels.
Here are some of the most important vitamins you need to help support the Thyroid. 

Iodine is needed to make Thyroid Hormone
You need an adequate supply of iodine to make thyroid hormone. Good sources include milk, cheese, poultry, eggs, kelp and other seaweeds. But you must be careful as too much iodine your intake as it can be problematic. If you have hypothyroidism you should consult your Dr before taking any iodine supplements. 
Vitamin B is important for the Thyroid function
This is especially important for people who have hypothyroidism because B vitamins have many interactions with thyroid function and hormone regulation. It best to take a nutritional supplement that includes the entire vitamin b complex. Good food sources of vitamin B include whole grains, legumes, nuts, milk, yoghurt, meat fish, eggs, seeds and dark leafy greens 

Selenium is essential for thyroid hormone metabolism
Selenium supports efficient thyroid synthesis and metabolism. It may also reduce levels of antibodies against thyroid peroxidase- an enzyme that plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormone – in people with hypothyroidism. Foods that provide selenium include tuna, shrimp, salmon, sardines, scallops, lamb, chicken, beef, turkey, eggs and shitake mushrooms. 
Zinc helps synthesize Thyroid hormone
In addition to selenium, zinc plays a role in the conversion of the thyroid hormone T4 to T3. Both selenium and zinc are beneficial in improving thyroid function and hormone levels. Food sources of zinc include shellfish, Mollusks, meat, legumes and nuts. 
Tyrosine, in combination with Iodine, produces thyroid hormone
Tyrosine is a nutrient involved in thyroid hormone production and conversion, one way to get more tyrosine an amino acid is to make sure you’re getting enough protein. 

Vitamin D improves TSH levels
Research has shown a strong association with vitamin D deficiency and people with hypothyroidism. You can get vitamin D from fortified milk, yoghurt and orange juice.  
Please note that some supplements can affect thyroid medication- according to the mayo clinic, supplements such as calcium, iron, multivitamins containing iron, and antacids can potentially have interactions with thyroid medications. 
They should be taken several hours before or after your medication to avoid an interaction. You should talk to your doctor before taking any of these supplements  

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