Key Supplements & Nutrients
- One of the main building blocks of thyroid hormones is iodine. Supplementing with iodine is controversial, however. Talk with your doctor before considering any type of supplementation.
Liquid Iodine – This product has been known to be used as a taste test to determine if a person is lacking in this mineral. What I was personally told was to take it daily to see if there was a taste. If not, it was depleted in the body and needed at that time. I believe I started at 10-20 drops. It was recommended to me to start small and work up. Although iodine allergies do exist, they are stated to be rare, but it is always good to be aware of this, and everyone should always consult with their doctor before taking any supplements. The possibility of allergy is yet another good reason to start supplementation with only one drop for a few times to ensure safety. Knowing that this particular product has a specific preservative in it, I would avoid taking it with food that contains vitamin C, so supplementation without food might be best, to avoid the possible interactions.
Iodine Pills – If this product is to be considered, it is definitely advised to start with the smallest dose (12.5mg) of this supplement and to work up, depending upon need and the direction of your healthcare professional. Any type of iodine is said to push out fluoride, chlorine and bromide that has accumulated in the body. What this can result in is detox symptoms–a very good reason to go slowly.
- The other main component of thyroid hormones created and used in the body is the amino acid tyrosine.
Tyrosine – Besides being crucial to the production of thyroid hormones, tyrosine is required to create dopamine, a neurotransmitter which is necessary to avoid depression. Hypothyroidism and depression are often linked. Tyrosine is the “T” in the T3, T4, and other thyroid hormones made in the human body.
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