Monday, June 20, 2011

Thyroid Health - Eating to support your thyroid

Greetings!


So many people are suffering with thyroid issues these days! My niece has been battling hypothyroidism for a while, although she is seeing some improvements with natural bioidentical progesterone, B-complex and iodine supplements. My friend also is struggling with thyroid related weight gain. Here is a list of whole foods vitamins & minerals that will support a healthy thyroid. Treat your thyroid to a good meal! :)


Whole foods to support your thyroid:


Iodine - Primary sources: sea vegetables (kelp, dulse, hijiki, nori, arame, wakame, kombu) and seafood (clams, shrimp, haddock, oysters, salmon, sardines), as well as iodized sea salt.
Secondary sources: eggs, asparagus, lima beans, mushrooms, spinach, sesame seeds, summer squash, Swiss chard, garlic

Selenium - Brazil nuts, tuna, organ meats, mushrooms, halibut, beef, soybeans, sunflower seeds (Note: selenium content of land-based foods is contingent on soil substrate selenium levels.)

Zinc - Fresh oysters, sardines, beef, lamb, turkey, soybeans, split peas, whole grains, sunflower seeds, pecans, Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, ginger root, maple syrup

Copper - Beef, oysters, lobster, shiitake mushrooms, dark chocolate, crabmeat, tomato paste, pearled barley, nuts, beans (soybeans, white beans, chickpeas), sunflower seeds

Iron - Clams, oysters, organ meats, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, white beans, blackstrap molasses, lentils, spinach

Vitamin A
(beta-carotene form)
Kale, sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash/pumpkin, spinach, cantaloupe, broccoli, asparagus, liver, lettuce

Vitamin C - Guava, peppers (chili, Bell, sweet), kiwifruit, citrus, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, papaya, parsley, greens (kale, turnip, collard, mustard)

Vitamin E - Whole grains, almonds, soybeans and other beans, sunflower seeds, peanuts, liver, leafy green vegetables, asparagus

Vitamin B2
(riboflavin)
Brewer’s yeast, organ meats, almonds, wheat germ, wild rice, mushrooms, egg yolks

Vitamin B3
(niacin)
Brewer’s yeast, rice bran, wheat bran, peanuts (with skin), liver, poultry white meat

Vitamin B6
(pyroxidine)
Brewer’s yeast, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, fish (tuna, salmon, trout), liver, beans (soybeans, lentils, lima beans, navy beans, garbanzos, pinto beans), walnuts, brown rice, bananas

1 comment:

  1. In addition to taking thyroid natural supplements, it is very important to exercise regularly and drink too much water on a daily basis. If the thyroid is in great order and the weight is on a good level, you will be amazed at the benefits.

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