Do you have a family member with Hashimoto’s disease? if you’re already at risk because of genetic heredity or any environmental reasons this article will show you the supplements you can take. It pays to know more about a disease that can bring your quality of life to a standstill.
Hashimoto’s Disease | Supplements That Can Help You
What is Hashimoto’s Disease?
Hashimoto’s disease is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, a small gland at the base of your neck below your Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of your body’s functions.
Inflammation from Hashimoto’s disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, often leads to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It primarily affects middle-aged women but also can occur in men and women of any age and in children. Doctors test your thyroid function to help detect Hashimoto’s disease.
You might not notice signs or symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease at first, or you may notice a swelling at the front of your throat (goiter). Hashimoto’s disease typically progresses slowly over years and causes chronic thyroid damage, leading to a drop in thyroid hormone levels in your blood. The signs and symptoms are mainly those of an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include:
- Fatigue and sluggishness
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Pale, dry skin
- A puffy face
- Brittle nails
- Hair loss
- Enlargement of the tongue
- Unexplained weight gain
- Muscle aches, tenderness, and stiffness
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Muscle weakness
- Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
- Memory Lapses
(The above information regarding Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism is courtesy of Mayo Clinic)
Here at Thyroid Symptoms, we try our very best to educate thyroid patients so they may have a healthier daily life. Living with symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism can be an ongoing battle for so many. Along with medication, a proper diet plan can do wonders for those who suffer from a thyroid disorder.
Supplements You Should Be Taking for Hashimoto’s Disease
Supplements can also do wonders! In today’s article, I will discuss 4 supplements that every patient with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism should start taking. Let’s take a closer look at these 4 supplements and why they are so beneficial to patients with Hashimoto’s disease.
Zinc is greatly beneficial as it aids in the production of thyroxine (T4). It also helps thyroxine (T4) to convert to triiodothyronine (T3). T4 is the thyroid hormone that remains inactive until it is converted into T3, which is the thyroid hormone that affects almost every bodily function including metabolism, heart rate, body temperature, growth, and development. Zinc also helps to boost your immune system, which is important when living with an autoimmune disorder such as Hashimoto’s disease.
Speak with your primary care physician about proper testing for a possible zinc deficiency and the dosage amount you may need. If you are zinc deficient, proper dosages of zinc are important. Taking too much zinc can cause a deficiency in copper and iron, which can present a risk for other disorders such as anemia.
2. Vitamin D
— Dr. Tony Salamay (@thebaydoctor) November 2, 2015
When it comes to Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism, a vitamin D deficiency is very common. Vitamin D is not only essential and greatly beneficial for thyroid health, it is also essential and beneficial for bone health, cell growth, cardiovascular health, the modulation of calcium metabolism, immune health, neurological functioning, inflammatory balance, and genetic expression.
The sun is the best way to receive the adequate amounts of vitamin D (4,000 to 20,000 IU’s) but, sunscreen can actually block about 97% of that. So, naturally, a vitamin D supplement may be required.
Speak with your primary care physician about having your vitamin D levels checked and the proper supplement dosages you should take based on your test results.
Having low levels of selenium affects your thyroid gland’s ability to adequately produce its hormones and affects your body’s ability to convert those thyroid hormones needed by the cells within your body.
There are signs of being selenium deficient, which may include:
- Hair loss
- Discolored nails and skin
- Brain fog
- Fertility problems
- Weakened immune system
Because of the possible severity of the above symptoms, it is very important to have your selenium levels checked. If you feel you may have a selenium deficiency, speak with your primary care physician about proper testing and possible supplements and/or diet changes.
Also referred to as ‘Indian Ginseng’, ashwagandha, is an adrenal adaptogen that helps to regulate cortisol levels. It also helps to improve mood, energy, immune function, sleep, and stamina.
Studies have shown that ashwagandha also helps to increase T3 and T4 hormone levels, which makes it extremely beneficial to a sluggish thyroid and sluggish metabolism.
Speak with your primary care physician about proper dosage amounts of ashwagandha you can take.
Learn more about the updated best supplements for Hashimoto’s disease given by Dr. Westin Childs:
So there you have it! These are natural supplements that can restore your quality of life and make things for the better. Living in the fear of what Hashimoto’s disease can do to your way of life can be detrimental. So Give it a try and seek more medical advice to further your cause to a better tomorrow.
Do you have Hashimoto’s disease and have been taking other supplements that are not mentioned above? Let us know in the comments section below. If you have any questions or concerns, all of us here at Thyroid Symptoms are here for you!