ESSENTIAL THYROID MINERALS

I have been asked by so many ladies recently how to balance their thyroid? I am suffering currently from Hypothyroidism so am in the process of treating the causes of that myself!

Obviously each case is different and the root causes of your over or under active thyroid will be personal. Don’t guess – work with me – Please call or email me now to get a bio-individual plan just for you.

In general though I thought I would Blog about the nine minerals you need if you want your thyroid to be Happy!

Everyone knows that iodine is the apparent master mineral for the thyroid. But within recently it has become apparent that there are multiple minerals involved with thyroid hormone production.

Eat clean and varied and you will be able to get these minerals from your daily food intake.

If however you do want to supplement then my recommendation is below.  Be sure you purchase the top quality brand – plant based that gives good absorption with no bulkers or filler.  Viridian Thyroid Complex 60 caps

 

Here are 9 essential minerals to support your thyroid.

  1. Iodine: The functionof the thyroidgland is to take iodine, found in many foods, and convert it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body, which can absorb iodine. These cells combine iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to make T3 and T4

T3 has 3 iodine molecules; T4 has 4. So it’s safe to say that the thyroid can’t function without iodine. T4 or (thyroxine) is 68 % iodine by weight, and T3 (triiodothyronine) is 58%.

Good food sources:

  • Seaweed – Wake / Nori etc
  • Iodized salt
  • Cage-free Eggs
  • Sea vegetables – kelp, wakame, hiziki, kmobu etc
  • Fish
  • Seafood
  • Organic strawberries
  • Organic potatoes
  1. Chromium: Enhances insulin activity playing a major role in the regulation of insulin release and its effects on carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism. Conversion of T4 to T3 is influenced by insulin, so in a roundabout way, chromium helps this conversion.

Good food sources:

  • Whoelgrains
  • Brewers yeast
  • Bran cereal
  • Orange juice
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Raw onions
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Raw tomatoes
  • Black pepper
  • Grape juice
  • Ham
  • Sweet Potato

3. Molybdenum: Molybdenum-dependent enzymes function in the oxidative system of thyrocytes (thyroid epithelial cells). They also play an important role in T3 (thyroglobulin) release from the thyroid gland. Here’s another interesting fact. Mo helps to break down yeast toxins and yeast gets a leg up when your temperature is low due to hypothyroidism.

Good food sources:

  • Legumes such as peas and lentils.
  • Kidney beans, navy beans, and lima beans.
  • Almonds, cashews, chestnuts, and peanuts.
  • Soy products such as soy milk, soybeans, and tofu.
  • Dairy products, especially cheese and yogurt.
  • Leafy vegetables.
  • Eggs.
  • Whole grains.
  1. Selenium: A necessary cofactor in the production of thyroxine (T4), It also converts T4 to the more active form, T3. A total of 11 selenium-dependent enzymes have been identified as necessary for thyroid function and thyroid hormone production. If you take iodine, especially the high amounts of iodine that some doctors are recommending, without selenium, you can cause selenium deficiency and all the selenium deficiency side effects that are not that well known. If you take selenium without iodine, you can cause iodine deficiency.  

Good food sources:

  • Activated Brazil nuts.
  • Yellowfin tuna.
  • Halibut, cooked.
  • Sardines, canned.
  • Grass-fed beef.
  • Turkey, boneless.
  • Beef liver. …
  • Chicken.
  1. Magnesium: Calcium and magnesium must be balanced in the body to ensure proper thyroid function. If there is too much calcium, thyroid hormones can become diminished. Magnesium is the regulator of calcium absorption and utilization.

Good food sources:

  • Beans
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Dark chocolate
  • Activated Pumpkin Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Black Beans
  • Avocado
  • Dried figs
  • Kefir
  • Banana
  • Wholegrains – brown rice and wholewheat bread
  1.  Zinc: Required for the synthesis of thyroid hormones. Zinc deficiency, plain and simple, can result in hypothyroidism. Conversely, thyroid hormones are essential for the absorption of zinc. And here’s a scary fact – the hair loss attributed to hypothyroidism may not improve with thyroid hormone replacement unless zinc supplements are added.

Good food sources:

  • Lamb
  • Activated Pumpkin seeds
  • Chickpeas
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cashews
  • Chicken
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Kefir
  1. 7. Boron:Helps the conversion of the storage form of thyroid hormone, T4, to T3, the active form.

Good food sources:

  • Chickpeas
  • Actiavted Almonds
  • Beans
  • Vegetables
  • Bananas
  • Activated Walnuts
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Prunes
  • Oranges
  • Red grapes
  • Apples
  • Raisins
  • Pears
  1. Copper: Plays an important role in the metabolism of the amino acid tyrosine, which is a precursor to T4 (thyroxine).

Good food sources:

  • Beef liver.
  • Sunflower seeds.
  • Lentils.
  • Almonds.
  • Dried apricots.
  • Dark chocolate.
  • Blackstrap molasses. …
  • Asparagus.
  1. Manganese: Required to transport the hormone thyroxine into our cells.

Good foods sources:

  • Seafood – mussels, clams, crayfish
  • Whoelgrains – brown rice, teff, quinoa
  • Activated Hazelnuts
  • Actiavted Pecans
  • Activated Walnuts
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Leafy vegetables – spinach. Beet greens
  • Tofu
  • Temph
  • Lima Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Adzuki beans
  • White beans
By | 2018-04-23T15:52:35+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Nutrition, Wellness|Comments Off on ESSENTIAL THYROID MINERALS

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