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Will taking both evening primrose oil and flaxseed oil help with hypothyroidism?

Will taking both evening primrose oil and flaxseed oil help with hypothyroidism?

NO!: Only brand name T4 replacement will help w/hypothyroidism. Besides, the two oils won't do anything but shrink your wallet, and primrose oil has potential toxicity. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or internet scams. ...Read more

Flaxseed (Definition)

The seed of the flax plant is very high in omega 3 fatty acids which are beneficial for health. They are most nutritious if 1-2 t are soaked in 2-4 t of water and blended into a drink or added into food. Ground flaxseeds are a nutritious source of fiber that can be added to food. They come as golden or brown. Their nutty taste make a delicious addition to foods ...Read more


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I take synthyroid for hypothyroidism can I take flaxseed oil ?

I take synthyroid for hypothyroidism can I take flaxseed oil ?

Possibly: It is recommended to take synthroid (thyroxine) on an empty stomach without other pills, supplements or food 30 minutes to 1 hour before any other ingestion. Any soybean product can interfere with absorption and is not recommended. If you must take a related product, I would encourage staggering it 12 hours away from your thyroid medication. ...Read more

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I am hypothyroid and taking medication from past 15 years. Thyroxine sodium 62mcg. Can I use ground flaxseed? If not can I use flaxseed oil?Spirulina?

I am hypothyroid and taking medication from past 15 years. Thyroxine sodium 62mcg. Can I use ground flaxseed? If not can I use flaxseed oil?Spirulina?

With thyroxine: I'm not sure if you're wanting to take the listed supplements instead of thyroxine (no) or with your thyroxine (yes). Essentially, if your thyroid levels are in the good range, you can take anything that someone with a normally working thyroid can take. Because different docs have different opinions, it's always best to check with your own doc, and make sure s/he knows exactly what you're taking. ...Read more

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Since i started taking fish oil, flaxseed oil, and evening primrose oil, I have gained 15 lbs. I also have hypothyroidism.

Since i started taking fish oil, flaxseed oil, and evening primrose oil, I have gained 15 lbs. I also have hypothyroidism.

Weight gain: It may be time to recheck your thyroid function levels. Also, if you're taking thyroid hormone replacement, make sure that you take it first thing in the am, on an empty stomach, by itself. Wait at least half an hour before eating. Do not take it with other medications/vitamins/supplements. ...Read more

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I've been putting 2 tb spoon of flaxseed in my oatmeal to help my hypothyroid. Now I've read flaxseed hinders underactive thyroid. What's true?

I've been putting 2 tb spoon of flaxseed in my oatmeal to help my hypothyroid. Now I've read flaxseed hinders underactive thyroid.  What's true?

May hinder if raw: This is a complex issue without an easy answer as flaxseed does contain goitrogens (chemicals that can inhibit thyroid function), though most of are inactivated by heating them. Taking dulse and a mineral supplement at a different time helps. See http://autoimmune-paleo.com/goitrogens-why-you-dont-need-to-avoid-them/ There is VERY conflicting info on whether flax oil is beneficial- see comment: ...Read more

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Is mustard oil good for hypothyroid?

Is mustard oil good for hypothyroid?

No: The only effective treatment for hypothyroidism is thyroid hormone replacement; there is no evidence that mustard oil or any other non- hormonal therapy is of benefit. ...Read more

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I am hypothyroid. Can I use Canola oil for cooking?

I am hypothyroid. Can I use Canola oil for cooking?

Canola oil: Yes. You need to have your thyroid treated, of course, but why would you think canola oil would be a problem? ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism is on the rise because of companies putting brominated vegetable oil in soft drinks isn't it?

Hypothyroidism is on the rise because of companies putting brominated vegetable oil in soft drinks isn't it?

No: There is no such association. Do you believe the world is flat as well? You need some hobbies to take you away from the internet. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more