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What are some OTC supplements are best to help low thyroid?

What are some OTC supplements are best to help low thyroid?

Mugwort (Artemisia): Many otc supplements are promoted for treating "low thyroid" (such as l-tyrosine, kelp, forskolin, raw thyroid glandular, mugwort, bitters, bayberry and goldenseal). For a true low thyroid condition, it is essential to measure blood levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroid hormones to monitor treatment. Usually prescription thyroid hormone (or thyroid extract) is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Is there a vitamin supplement to help someone with a low thyroid?

Is there a vitamin supplement to help someone with a low thyroid?

More research needed: The best treatment for low thyroid function is to replace the thyroid hormone with levothyroxine to get the levels back to normal. New research suggests selenium can help slow down the inflammation, however, more research is needed. ...Read more

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Are there herbal supplements that increase thyroid levels for those of us w hypothyroid and suffering frm symptoms still on synthroid (thyroxine)?2 use carefully!

Are there herbal supplements that increase thyroid levels for those of us w hypothyroid and suffering frm symptoms still on synthroid (thyroxine)?2 use carefully!

Please do not mix: natural and prescribed hormone medications. It will throw the dose off and can damage your thyroid. Ask your doctor about "Armour Thyroid" medication. It is more natural and very effective. A small sup-population are not helped by it. If he/she doesn't know about it, another doctor will. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is Armour Thyroid a good supplement for hypothyroidism treatment?

Is Armour Thyroid a good supplement for hypothyroidism treatment?

T3 (liothyronine) and T4: t3 (liothyronine) thyroid is active thyroid. T4 thyroid converts to t3 (liothyronine). T3 (liothyronine) gets metabolized fast. High t3 (liothyronine) will suppress tsh. TSH stimulates the thyroid to make t4 and t3 (liothyronine). For some people armour thyroid is good. For some it has a little too much t3 (liothyronine). There is medicine that is all t3 (liothyronine) and all t4. I like armour thyroid. T4 is popular. ...Read more

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Im taking synthroid (thyroxine) for hypothyroidism and also taking a liquid iodine supplement. Is this ok? what is more effective? will my thyroid get better?

Im taking synthroid (thyroxine) for hypothyroidism and also taking a liquid iodine supplement. Is this ok? what is more effective? will my thyroid get better?

Get Iodine Level: There are still areas in Brazil with iodine deficiency. If you are iodine deficient and have an enlarging thyroid (goiter) and an underactive thyroid the iodine will likely be helpful and your Synthroid (thyroxine) dose may go down (do not take them at the same time). If you are not iodine deficient depending on the thyroid problem, iodine may actually worsen thyroid function. Get your iodine level checked. ...Read more

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Will taking pumpkin seed oil supplements 1000mg for hair loss, negatively effect my thyroid functioning? I have hypothyroidism taking 75mcg synthyroid

Will taking pumpkin seed oil supplements 1000mg for hair loss, negatively effect my thyroid functioning? I have hypothyroidism taking 75mcg synthyroid

Not studied: Hi. No one has studied the effect of pumpkin seed oil (PSO) on thyroid function; just like no one has studied its effect on hair loss! So take PSO to your heart's content; you're enriching some snake oil salesperson, but I seriously doubt it will have any effect on your thyroid function tests or l-thyroxine dose. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should i take vitamin d or any other supplement or anything for thyroidism?

Should i take vitamin d or any other supplement or anything for thyroidism?

Vitamin D won't help: If you truly have hypothyroidism the treatment is to take thyroid hormone prescribed by a doctor who has reviewed your thyroid test results. Vitamin d is not the treatment for thyroid problems. ...Read more

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What do progesterone creams do? Can they help with low estrogen? If not, what natural supplements could I take to help raise estrogen?

What do progesterone creams do? Can they help with low estrogen? If not, what natural supplements could I take to help raise estrogen?

See your GYN: You need to see your GYN to discuss treatment of menopausal symptoms. There is no natural supplement to raise estrogen levels. If you have or are going through the change, you need to discuss hormone replacement. ...Read more

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Been tested and have low testosterone. I'm not sure exact number but maybe it was around 300? any natural supplements? Don't want prescrip, thanks!

Been tested and have low testosterone.  I'm not sure exact number but maybe it was around 300? any natural supplements?  Don't want prescrip, thanks!

Diet and exercise: 300 is usually thought to be normal but I think it low for a 36 year old male. Make sure it's a real value (morning level, I usually do fasting). The best treatments are often neglected: Eating a healthy diet (lean proteins, fresh fruits/veggies, not too many sugars or dairies), exercising regularly and getting regular sleep are very important. DHEA is an OTC supplement that may help. ...Read more

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Please answer! what natural remedy can be recommended for a low thyroid homrone level?

Please answer! what natural remedy can be recommended for a low thyroid homrone level?

Thyroid hormone: Hi. If you are hypothyroid (i.e., elevated TSH and low normal or low free T4, except in rare cases of pituitary hypothyroidism), the ONLY thing that works is thyroid hormone replacement! Nothing is more "natural" than levothyroxine...it's atom-for-atom identical to the l-thyroxine the healthy thyroid gland synthesizes and secretes. The l-thyroxine dose is adjusted until your TSH is normal. ...Read more

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Tsh 6.67 reduced to 3.86 with natural supplements such as iodine - low norm antibodies - ft3ft4 low norm. Feel hypo. What should be tested?

Tsh 6.67 reduced to 3.86 with natural supplements such as iodine - low norm antibodies - ft3ft4 low norm. Feel hypo. What should be tested?

Be careful: Please forgive me if I have misunderstood. If you have autoantibodies of autoimmune thyroiditis, i trust you are under the care of a skilled physician, preferably an endocrinologist. High doses of iodine can actually suppress thyroid function and make the labs hard to interpret. ...Read more

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I have hashimito's thyroidism, hypothyroidism, what foods should I avoid? Am taking T4 50mg during the week, T4 75mg at weekends. Thank you.

I have hashimito's thyroidism, hypothyroidism, what foods should I avoid? Am taking T4 50mg during the week, T4 75mg at weekends. Thank you.

Coffee with pills: Coffee decreases the absorption of T4, so don't drink coffee when you are taking your medicine. Otherwise, no dietary restrictions ...Read more

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What are the best natural supplements for my anxiety?

What are the best natural supplements for my anxiety?

Several: Passion flower (passiflora incarnata) is one -- some studies indicate it can be as effective as Oxazepam for generalized anxiety disorder: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/11679026?Dopt=abstract for this you want standardized whole plant extracts or capsules containing no less than 0.8% flavonoids or isovitexin. Also kava (piper methysticum) -- but it has been linked to liver problems in some. ...Read more

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Are there any great natural supplements to relieve stress?

Are there any great natural supplements to relieve stress?

No: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read more

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What could cause low thyroid counts?

What could cause low thyroid counts?

Hypothyroid: Usually due to an autoimmune disorder called hashimotos disease. Runs in families -- women 7 times more likely than men. Inflammation of the thyroid gland can cause decreased function. One can test for both function and inflammation with lab tests. See a board-certified endocrinologist for expert advice. ...Read more

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What is low thyroid, or what does that mean?

Low thyroid: Low thyroid, or hypothyroidism refers to a low level of thyroid hormone in the body. Thyroid hormone functions as a metabolic hormone, regulating metabolic functions. Thus, if the thyroid hormone level is low you would have less energy, dry skin, constipation, slower heart rate, swelling, metabolic rate depressed, tendency to gain weight. ...Read more

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What is the best way to address a low thyroid?

What is the best way to address a low thyroid?

Hypothyroidism: Low thyroid hormone is best treated with synthetic replacement medication orally. Levothyroxine has been around for years and is both safe and effective. An endocrinologist is best to initiate and follow treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

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


Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more