Spiral Chef News: These Are Critical Thyroid-Supporting Nutrients

These Are Critical Thyroid-Supporting Nutrients

(The following are news items and opinions. This is not medical advice.)

Iodine
200 micrograms (mcg) is a reasonable dose to maintain optimal thyroid function. There are signals that your body may be giving you that suggest when your thyroid needs help, including fatigue, achiness, weight gain, low body temperature and cold intolerance. If you suspect your thyroid isn’t functioning optimally (e.g., if you have two or more of these signs), consider taking 6.25-12.5 milligrams (12,500 mcg) of iodine daily for one to two months to see if you feel better. Don’t take a higher dosage unless under a health practitioner’s supervision.

Selenium
50-100 mcg daily (but not more than 300-400). In a 2011 study in the medical journal Clinical Laboratory, those with the lowest blood levels of selenium had the unhealthiest thyroids.[1] This is because selenium is critical in turning inactive T4 hormone into active T3 hormone.

Tyrosine
500-1,000 milligrams (mg) daily. This amino acid is what thyroid hormone is made from. Just add three iodine molecules to one tyrosine and you have a molecule of T3 hormone!

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