Selenium deficiency may cause thyroid problems, and it can also make your thyroid medication less optimal. This is because Selenium is a vital mineral for optimal thyroid function. Therefore, it can be extremely beneficial to those suffering from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. If you’re suffering from an autoimmune disease, low levels of selenium can even worsen your thyroid problem in various ways.
Selenium Deficiency And Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
1. Decreased T4 Conversion into T3
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Selenium is a component that helps make up the enzymes that remove the iodine molecules from T4 to convert it into T3. It is vital during the conversion of the inactive form of thyroid hormones into its active forms. So, low levels of selenium can hinder your T4 conversion into T3, which may cause symptoms of hypothyroidism. Without the active form of your thyroid hormones, then your metabolism will slow down.
2. Oxidative Damage to your Thyroid
Selenium is also responsible for the protection of the thyroid from oxidative damage. The thyroid makes hydrogen peroxide to make thyroid hormones, but these reactions can lead to oxidative damage. Low levels of selenium will cause the thyroid to suffer from oxidative damage.
3. Higher Levels of TPO Antibodies
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Selenium helps reduce the amount of thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibodies for people who suffer from an autoimmune disease. A study published in 2002 reported that they gave 200mcg of sodium selenite daily to some people affected by Hashimoto’s disease. After three months, the participants’ levels redrawn and, there was a decrease in the TPO antibody value by 66.4 percent and some levels even returned to normal.
4. An Imbalance in Thyroid Hormone Levels
Selenium is critical in regulating the levels of your thyroid hormones because of its enzymes. Seleno-de-iodinases assists in balancing your T3 levels in your kidney, liver, thyroid, and brain cells. The glutathione peroxidase enzyme helps limit T4 levels when increased. Low levels of selenium in your system can affect the production of thyroid hormones. Therefore, it may cause an imbalance in your thyroid hormone levels.
5. Higher Risk of Thyroid Disease
Selenium deficiency may either lead to thyroid problems or worsen it. There are many studies available that show the connection between the low selenium levels and thyroid disease. For example, the study in China in 2015 concluded that the risk of thyroid disease was 69 percent higher for those living in low-selenium areas versus those in the adequate-selenium areas.
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While selenium deficiency is not believed to be common among healthy adults, it is most likely to individuals who suffer from digestive issues. These digestive issues include poor absorption of nutrients and inflammation due to chronic infection. Your thyroid treatment may not be optimal if your system is significantly lacking in selenium content because of your digestive issues. If you want to include selenium supplementation in your treatment, then be sure to consult your doctor beforehand!
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