User Posts: Thyroid Advisor
What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis/Disease?

What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis/Disease?

The thyroid gland produces hormones that influences almost all metabolic processes in your body. Proper functioning of this butterfly-shaped gland is vital for our health, but ...

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Common Thyroid Questions and Answers

Common Thyroid Questions and Answers

What you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask or too busy to search. A lot of people have been asking and inquiring about the thyroid and some related terms that are ...

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Turmeric and Curcumin for Your Thyroid

Turmeric and Curcumin for Your Thyroid

Turmeric is a plant of the ginger family, but widely known as the main spice in curry. Thanks to its striking yellow color, turmeric was first used as a dye, but later people ...

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What is Reverse T3?

What is Reverse T3?

If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid problem, then you have probably heard about the terms “reverse T3” and maybe even “reverse T4.” If these sounds gibberish (if not ...

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Thyroid Vitamins (A, B Complexes, C, D, E, K)

Thyroid Vitamins (A, B Complexes, C, D, E, K)

The thyroid is vital for your health and wellbeing. The gland releases hormones that control metabolism and regulates vital body functions such as cholesterol levels, body ...

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Effects of Zinc on Thyroid

Effects of Zinc on Thyroid

Zinc is an essential trace element present within all bodily tissue and of huge importance for healthy cell division. Benefits of zinc are numerous: from establishing hormonal ...

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Effects of Vitamin C on the Thyroid

Effects of Vitamin C on the Thyroid

Introduction Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has numerous functions in a human body. The vitamin is required for biosynthesis of collagen, protein metabolism, ...

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Complete Guide to Boosting Thyroid Hormones and Function Naturally

Complete Guide to Boosting Thyroid Hormones and Function Naturally

Introduction An underactive thyroid gland or hypothyroidism is indicated by a number of symptoms including but not limited to fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, weight ...

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Armour Thyroid: How It Works, Dosage, Side Effects, Interactions, and More

Armour Thyroid: How It Works, Dosage, Side Effects, Interactions, and More

Hypothyroidism is a common health problem characterized by the underactive thyroid gland. Although a cure for hypothyroidism does not truly exist yet, it is possible to manage ...

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Brief Overview of Thyroid Disorders and Treatment Options

Brief Overview of Thyroid Disorders and Treatment Options

Introduction Thyroid Disease can be a life changing experience. It is mysterious. It is debilitating, yet, someone with thyroid disease may look well. Thyroid disease is ...

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Browsing All Comments By: Thyroid Advisor
  1. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 19, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Hi,

    Most patients do take thyroid supplements along with Synthroid. I don’t think any of the ingredients would interfere, but it is always a good idea to check with your doctor first too.

  2. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 18, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Jack,

    I’m going to reiterate the main points of the response you received (through email) as it may help others who are in similar situations.

    You’re T3 and T4 levels are less than optimal – especially for an athlete. As for what to do from here. I would take a look at your diet and the kinds of foods you eat. If you’re diet is fairly good and if you take some form of supplements already, thyroid supplements may not be able to help you as much as others.

    NDT could help. It’s something to ask your doctor about, but you might have to go looking for one to prescribe you. In the sense that your tests are not THAT bad (when compared to others who have hypothyroidism), and you’re a young male. If you do take NDT, it will take a couple weeks for it to fully build it in your system.

    For the short term, I would look into B complex supplements and eating more (if you’re not overweight). They should give you the short term energy you need.

    Hope that helps.

  3. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 18, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Hi Shelby,

    I’m glad they work for you! I think a lot of people are in the same boat as you were in a couple months ago. Sharing experiences like these can help those who are still in the struggle. Thanks!

  4. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 13, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Stella,

    If the goiter is the result of nutritional deficiencies (commonly goiters are a result of low Iodine or Hashimoto’s), than thyroid supplements will help. It’s important to catch the goiter early though, as it seems that you have (by the way you should get it looked at my a doctor to make sure.)

    There are other natural ways of improving thyroid function. See this link here.

  5. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 11, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Hi April,

    Do people NEED thyroid supplements? Probably not. I’m sure they can survive without it, but I do think they help a lot. I’ve heard countless stories of people who feel like they got their lives and a bit of their youth back.

    But there are other options. Our article on boosting thyroid hormones and function naturally may help in this regard. I do think thyroid supplements are perhaps the best option for most, and they shouldn’t be disregarded without trying it, but you should always choose the option that works best for you.

  6. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 10, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Ida,

    It’s not uncommon for quality to vary between stores and brands. Some are focused more on profits so they ride the hype and name recognition while putting out a less than desirable product. It might work for some but for people who had better ones, such as yourself with that shop, it won’t pass (it might actually be one of the reasons why the shop closed down.)

    Most of the thyroid supplements on our list here contain one or even both of these. By looking at the rankings, you can see which supplements have quality herbs and the others that do not.

  7. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Hi Addison,

    Ashwagandha and ginseng are particularly helpful for thyroid health (see our article here on thyroid herbs). I’m not surprised you felt a lot better. Most people do!

    Hopefully, one of these thyroid supplements will have the same effect as that other supplement you took some time ago. Lets us know!

  8. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 10, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Hollace,

    Yes, it is the suggested value from the NIH. But of course, people can take more, and perhaps even should if they have a deficiency (as it will take time for the zinc to build up in the body and higher intakes of zinc can help this happen quicker.)

    According to the NIH, the upper limit of daily dosage of zinc for adults is 40mg. After this, some unwanted side effects may occur such as nausea and stomach cramps (unless a patient was specifically prescribed higher levels of zinc by a doctor.)

  9. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 10, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Zoe,

    In that study, the patients took it both at the same time. They took their dosage of levothyroxine along with 120 mL of water containing 500 mg of vitamin C.

    However, be careful not to just take a general multivitamin along with levothyroxine. Some vitamins or minerals can actually cause levothyroxine absorption to be worse, such as calcium and iron. See our article here on Synthroid/Levothyroxine for more information.

  10. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 10, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Hi Celeste,

    Definitely agree with you. Actually wrote an article on Zinc a couple days ago here. Unfortunately, not a lot of people know how it influences thyroid hormone production and synthesis. Hopefully that will change!

  11. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 9, 2017 at 3:38 am

    The first question you have is interesting.

    So, glutathione is an amino acid that the liver produces and acts as an antioxidant.

    I won’t go into all the benefits here – the gist is that it’s important. High levels of glutathione have been linked to better health while lower levels are commonly associated with a variety of diseases.

    Unfortunately, you cannot take glutathione through supplements or other forms of pills. I mean you can – but glutathione consumed orally, will be broken down in the gastrointestinal tract and essentially be ineffective.

    However, you can help boost natural production of glutathione through a good, balanced diet that includes l-tyrosine, Vitamin C, and riboflavin to name a few. Most thyroid supplements – at least the good ones – already contain these.

    As for your second question on liquid vs capsules. This is essentially a debate on which supplement form is the best. You have tablets, caplets, capsules, softgels, chewables, powders, and liquids, as you mentioned.

    There seems to be a prevalent idea that liquid supplements are inherently better because they can be absorbed faster, but research studies seem to disagree. Liquid thyroid supplements do have the potential of being absorbed faster, but not that significantly, about 10 – 20 minutes.

    There does not seem to have a difference in terms of nutrition intake either. It also helps sometimes to have the thyroid supplement dissolve over a longer period of time.

    Basically, most liquid thyroid supplements costs a lot more, and often contains fewer vitamins, minerals, and amino acids (due to space restrictions) than common, better thyroid supplements. Some of them taste terrible too!

    I do see an advantage for liquid supplements, however. For those who cannot swallow pills though, it seems like a great alternative. For most others, though, I would go with the regular capsules. Hope that helps!

  12. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 9, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Hi Carlie,

    Unfortunately, I do not know the answer to that. This seems like a question the company you want to purchase the thyroid supplement from can answer or one of your country’s customs office.

    Some of these products are probably available on sites such as Amazon UK, like that can be an option for you as well.

  13. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 7, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Hi Sky,

    Vitamin C is definitely important. This article summarized several research studies that show what happens when people do not get enough of it.

    But, I think what you’re getting at is that it’s not the only nutrient that the thyroid needs, and just getting extra Vitamin C will not solve your thyroid problems. If that’s what you’re saying, I agree with you. It’s not the most important thing in the world for your thyroid. Drinking or eating foods with extra Vitamin C will not magically fix most people’s thyroid problems. But it will likely help and begin the process of restoring thyroid balance. For that, Vitamin C is still a very much needed nutrient along with several others.

  14. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 7, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Lise,

    Orange juice is definitely a good source of Vitamin C. But that doesn’t mean you should be chugging the entire bottle of juice! Most orange juices contain a lot of sugars and carbohydrates, which is why some people believe it is unhealthy.

    Drinking a normal amount everyday isn’t bad. Just don’t go drinking the entire carton and be thinking it’s good for you, because it has Vitamin C… It won’t be!

  15. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 7, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Melody,

    Yep, cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli as you mentioned, can cause an underactive thyroid. It doesn’t mean you don’t have to give it up all together! But limiting it can help boost your thyroid.

    Another option, as mentioned in the article, is to cook them. This has been shown in the studies we referenced, to be better than eating them raw – in terms of thyroid hormone production and synthesis.

  16. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 6, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Hi Alexus,

    I’ve taken quite a few of them. They are not at all big. Most are less than an inch in length and maybe half an inch in width and height? Definitely not something I, or anyone else I have talked to, would consider large by any means. Very easy to swallow in my opinion.

  17. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Terry,

    Right now, soy is a bit of a controversial topic on whether hypothyroidism patients should avoid it. There is not really a consensus. Some experts believe soy interferes with thyroid hormone synthesis and absorption so people should avoid it, but others do not think it has any effect. While more studies are ongoing, perhaps it’s better to stay on the safe side for now and avoid it.

    If I remember correctly, because I did ask them about that too, I was told that there is very small amount of soy that is used in the processing of the minerals – about a tenth of a milligram – and very few, if any, soy proteins (which is what some believe may interfere with hormone absorption), that it is considered trace, and should not have any effect on the thyroid. However, due to allergy regulations, they had to include it on the label.

    You can ask them about it too, if you’re concerned.

  18. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 3, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Hi Abigail,

    I do think thyroid supplements can help improve your nutrient deficinces and support – in many ways – thyroid hormone production and conversion. We noticed that most of these supplements take about 2 to 3 weeks of consistent usage to really feel the effects of them. It does depend on the individual and the supplements, but I think that is the average that most should expect. If your appointment is in about a month, it definitely has the potential to improve your results. If it’s next week or even two weeks from now (as it will probably take you some amount of days to get a thyroid supplement either online or at a store), then probably not.

  19. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Terry,

    If you have some recent lab test results, perhaps it could shed some more light on your condition. 75 mcg of Levothyroxine is a relatively low dosage to begin with, so perhaps it might be something to talk about with your doctor the next time you see him/her. They might have a reason, though, to start you on that.

    Generally, thyroid supplements can be combined with levothyroxine, and they can provide some benefits to the user. How much depends though, on the person, his current state, and the supplement type itself. The top ranked ones we have on this page would probably be better for you. It could be helpful too to check with your doctor if you have a chance.

  20. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor August 1, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Hi Kathryn,

    Thanks for sharing your experience! Certainly a lot of information here, so let me try to address some of them.

    I managed my own dosages based on the way I happened to be feeling. So wrong, I know!

    Yeah, not the best idea, as you figured out later on! Thyroid medications (I assume you were on levothyroxine) take about 4-6 weeks to even begin to fully work within our bodies. So even if you were feeling worse or more tired one day, and decided to take an extra dosage, you wouldn’t feel the effects until much later. The fluctuations in dosages was also a likely factor in the energy, metabolism, etc. swings as time went on.

    What I did NOT know until 5 years ago was the importance of taking the medication on an empty stomach!

    This is basic information to anyone taking synthroid, but I guess since you were medically independent you didn’t have a doctor to tell you about this. A lot of foods can interfere with the absorption of levothyroxine – calcium, iron, even coffee (see our article on levothyroxine for more information – so a lot of patients end up taking it first thing in the morning when they wake up to avoid any potential issues. It seems that you found out about this information a lot later!

    Now, I’m well aware that you are completely appalled at what I’m telling you, but MANY people read reviews and I wish I had been informed 68 years ago.

    Hahaha, you’re kind of right. I guess for someone who lives and breathes thyroid information, my mindset is a bit different from most patients. It’s always great to see people’s experiences like this, because it reminds you that information you may consider basic, may be something that another patient has never heard of before. I’m sure a lot of patients were or even are in the same boat as you. I’m sure some of them will be able to see your post and experiences and benefit from it. Thanks for that. Onto your questions!

    In the constant effort to be healthier, I made the switch from iodized salt to sea salts. Would this impact a healthy diet? (I do have an affinity for Nori which is a staple of Japan made out of seaweed. Our bodies crave what we are lacking-IMO?) I haven’t stopped brushing my teeth, have switched to salt water pools and cut way back on the leafy greens .

    If you’re worried about getting fluoride while brushing your teeth, you can switch to a fluoride-free toothpaste. I’ve heard good things about Tom’s of Maine. Obviously don’t stop brushing your teeth!

    You don’t have to avoid all leafy greens – just cruciferous vegetables. See this link on which foods to avoid for the thyroid.

    If you switched from Iodized salt to sea salts, specifically Nori, it’s unlikely it will have a impact on your diet. Iodine is an important mineral for your thyroid, so you definitely need to get it in diet. Since Nori is made from seaweeds, which are rich in Iodine, it shouldn’t be much of a difference compared to Iodized salt.

  21. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 30, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Hi Kendall,

    Haha, you’re right there’s no dumb questions. I’m sure someone else had a similar inquiry, but didn’t want to take the time to write a comment!

    Unfortunately, it does not work that way. If you take one of these thyroid supplements – especially ones on the higher end of the ranking – you’re already covering a decent amount of your bases in terms of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and herbs.

    Taking another one won’t amplify the benefits – unless it contains an ingredient that the first one didn’t. You do occasionally see two or three different types of thyroid supplements from the same store or website. But that’s usually because the company behind it wants you to buy the “pack” of them at the same time so you end up spending more money.

  22. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 30, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I believe what you or your doctor are referring to is: Current Good Manufacturing Practices or CGMP for short. Basically its a means of ensuring that the supplement meets a certain quality standard. All supplements made in the United States has to meet this bar according to the law. So, as long as the supplement is made in the USA, it should be good. Some manufacturers go above and beyond this standard as well.

    The quality is usually seen in the product.

  23. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 30, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Tila,

    Definitely do try Ashwagandha. It’s a great herb that can help with thyroid disorders. Here’s an article that covers other herbs for thyroid health.

  24. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Mia,

    You’re right that Vitamin A is needed by the thyroid gland to produce and synthesize hormones. It’s rare though we see them in thyroid supplements primarily because Vitamin A deficiency is super uncommon in the United States.

    It’s a lot more prevalent in third world countries. Diet in America, even though it’s not great, does cover Vitamin A well.

    But if you’re still worried about your Vitamin A intake, you can take another supplement that covers it specifically in addition to thyroid supplements if you take them.

  25. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Marja,

    That article covered the main idea of what to avoid in some thyroid supplements: which was basically raw glandular extracts. Glandular extracts are a very useful treatment option (see our article on Armour Thyroid) but the unregulated nature of supplements often results in large fluctuations of hormones in each capsule compared to another one. Drugs like Armour Thyroid or Nature Thyroid produced in pharmaceutical labs are much better alternatives if you’re absolutely set on taking a pill with thyroid extracts from other animals.

    But, glandular extracts is definitely not the only thing to avoid in thyroid supplements. Calcium is another ingredient I would stay clear off – especially if you take synthroid or another form of levothyroxine. See this study on how calcium can reduce T4 absorption.

  26. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 30, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Donna,

    Many patients do take synthroid along with thyroid supplements, like those on this page. A lot of them report feeling a lot better and energized with both. I haven’t heard of anyone feeling worse. It’s a good idea to consult with your doctor first, though.

    As for whether it can replace synthroid… I would usually say no – but if you’re on a very low dosage of synthroid, it might be possible. Obviously, every case is different, and for a lot of people, they will likely have to take synthroid for the rest of their lives. But it is also possible you are a perfect fit for thyroid supplements and end up rebalancing your thyroid.

  27. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 30, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Gem,

    Usually, people who have confirmed in some way, usually through lab tests or consistent symptoms associated with hypothyroidism, decide to take thyroid supplements. In either case, you will still get the benefits of these thyroid supplements, if you decide to take them. It’s actually possible that you restore your thyroid by the time your appointment comes up (if its not for a couple months.) Your doctor can verify this at that time, or advise you on other options.

  28. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 25, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Linda,

    That is a relatively common ‘side effect’ of synthroid. Unfortunately the answer is not very simple, like most things in life. The cause is dependent on the person taking the drug and could be a multitude of reasons: incorrect dosage, improper diet or absorption, or even the drug itself. Another reason could be that synthroid is a T4 only medication. If you have difficulty converting the T4 to T3 hormones, weight gain can be expected.

  29. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 25, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Hi Ruth,

    I do think these thyroid supplements can help support your thyroid gland and its functionality. I would not recommend them otherwise.

    If you remember the thyroid supplement you took, I can maybe provide more information about why it was potentially ineffective. What likely happened, was that the marketing or hype of a brand did more than what was actually inside the bottle.

  30. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 25, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Hi Ash,

    I would avoid calcium and soy. Calcium is especially bad if you are currently on thyroid medications, such as synthroid, as it can interfere with hormone absorption. See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21595516 for more details and information about this.

    As for soy, it is a sort of controversial topic whether hypothyroidism patients should avoid it. Some experts believe they should, and others do not think it has much effects. Perhaps it’s better to stay on the safe side.

  31. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 22, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Hi Kelly,

    There are differences between levothyroxine brands. Some have fillers or other additives that may work better or even worse for you. Even some of the generics from different stores have deviations. Most of them are small though. I doubt most would feel a real change, but it is there. If you are unhappy with your current brand, it might be good to change it up.

  32. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 21, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Hi David,

    I have not seen many – if at all any – side effects with the higher ranked supplements. With some of the lower ones, I’ve seen some reports of anxiety, head aches, muscle aches, etc. Always stop taking a supplement if you experience these or other unwanted side effects.

  33. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 21, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Arianna,

    I believe I wrote a bit about this before – either that or I’m getting some deja vu. The formula is just one part of the puzzle and often times, what happens is that there will be a great formula but the extracts and source of the ingredients will not be the best kind of quality we want to be putting into our bodies. This is often the case with supplements – even those not in the thyroid health area – where some will have very similar formulas but will work a lot differently for similar people.

  34. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 21, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Kellyanne,

    It’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before adding supplements to existing thyroid medications due to potential interference of hormone absorption.

    With that being said, it is not uncommon for patients, especially those with a low dose, to add a thyroid supplement to their regimen. If you do choose to take a thyroid supplement, be sure to take the supplement at least 3 hours after taking your synthroid to lower the potential for interference.

  35. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 21, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Hi Mary,

    Some of the more popular thyroid supplements created by large companies (Gaia Herbs comes to mind) should be available in supplement stores such as Vitamin Shoppe or supermarkets such as Walmart. No one that I know of, has had trouble ordering them over the internet though, but it’s up to you.

  36. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 21, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Hi Gab,

    TSH is definitely high here, and T3 and T4 are lower than ideal. Depending on who your doctor is, they might put you on a low dosage of thyroid medication.

    As for your question – yes, I do think these supplements could help you as well. I’d recommend trying one of the higher rated ones on this website. Be sure to find one with a money back guarantee as well so you will not have anything to lose.

    I would be interested to know what your blood tests (extended as well) and levels some time after taking some supplements (if you choose to.)

  37. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Hmmm… I’ll look into it. However, that could take some time.

    It is definitely a good idea. Gluten and GMOs are known causes of hypothyroidism for some, so we would want to avoid those in our diet and supplements.

  38. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 21, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Hi Elizabeth,

    With the better thyroid supplements out there, you should feel improvements and benefits by the second or third week at the latest. Most people say it is much sooner, though. It does depend on the person and the type of thyroid supplement that is being taken.

    For the lower ranked supplements, I suspect it would take a lot longer – if ever – for you to exhibit betterment.

  39. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 21, 2017 at 1:00 am

    It largely depends on your dosage, but 2-4 weeks is the general period of time before you would start feeling improvements.

  40. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 21, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Hi Grace,

    Not really. They’re just like other supplements. Most of them recommend taking the capsules with meals, preferably breakfast.

    The most important aspect is to just be consistent. Take them around the same time everyday.

  41. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 21, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Hi Savannah,

    Yeah, many doctors are hesitant to prescribe thyroid medications when patients return values in the “normal” range. The only options are finding another doctor or taking thyroid supplements.

    I think it could definitely help people in similar circumstances as yourself. I would be surprised if it doesn’t help in some fashion.

  42. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 20, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Carlie,

    There are some vitamins, minerals, and herbs that can interact with Synthroid. I highly doubt it would be dangerous to your health, but it could interfere with the effectiveness of Synthroid/Levothyroxine, as we talked about in the article.

    Spacing them out 4 hours would be a better idea. It’s always good to ask your doctor as well, as they probably know more about your medical history and your goals.

  43. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 20, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Abby,

    I hate to take the cop out answer and say it depends on the person – but honestly, it does.

    The most important mineral, herb, vitamin, or nutrient in these thyroid supplements will be the one(s) that your body is lacking or is not getting enough of through your diet. Getting blood tests done can help figure out which nutrients you are lacking as well as figure out the values of TSH, T3, T4, etc. in your body.

    If you’re asking which vitamins and/or minerals were most lacking in individuals with thyroid disorders, I would have to say Iodine and Zinc, in that order. I would look for a thyroid support supplement that contains both of these.

  44. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Lynda,

    With most comments, I’ll end up replying in a couple sentences, but because this a question that I’m sure a lot of others have as well, I’m going to take some liberty here and write a decent amount about my thoughts on this topic.

    Almost all of the thyroid supplements we review on this site is relatively safe.

    They contain nutrients, herbs, minerals, and vitamins that you can find in regular diets and certain food. They just conveniently and accurately place them into capsules so that you can make sure your thyroid is getting all the support it needs to function in a healthy manner.

    However, there are thyroid supplements that some experts consider to be unsafe.

    These are most commonly supplements that contain crushed, raw thyroid extracts from bovine (cattle). The idea with these thyroid supplements is that the thyroid glands from animals contain some amount of T3 and T4 thyroid hormones. Thus, by ingesting these supplements, you are in turn taking thyroid hormones that can boost an under active thyroid.

    Please note that this is a very valid method of treating an under active thyroid.

    Some of the relatively popular thyroid medications on the market, such as Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid, Westhroid, all work this way. They all contain naturally desiccated thyroid glands and many patients say that it works great for them. For some patients, it works a lot better when compared to other thyroid medications such as Synthroid/Levothyroxine.

    The controversy that arises here is the difference in regulation between supplements and prescription drugs.

    If you take a thyroid supplement that contains – lets say – 150mg of Bovine Thyroid Tissue, what does that actually tell you? You don’t know the exact amount of T3 and/or T4 hormones in each capsule. It is possible that one capsule contains very little T3 and T4, while another contains a lot of both, or somewhere in the middle, or a lot of one and none of the second, etc. Hopefully you get the idea of what I’m trying to point out.

    With prescription medications, it’s an entirely different story. Armour Thyroid, for example, contains liothyronine (T3) and levothyroxine (T4) hormones in about a quarter ratio.

    If the dosage is 60-65 mg of thyroid extracted and crushed from porcine (pig), then it contains 9 mcg of T3 and 38 mcg of T4. In essence, you can be sure of how much thyroid hormone you are consistently putting into your body.

    So I do think it is important to be weary of those thyroid supplements that contain actual thyroid hormones. It’s seems like a better idea to get those medications through doctors. But again, the thyroid supplements seen in this website, I do believe, should be taken to support healthy thyroid functionality.

    Hopefully this helps!

  45. Reply
    Thyroid Advisor July 14, 2017 at 3:33 am

    Hi Ram,

    I’m glad this information and research helped you.

    Ashwagandha is becoming a lot more common with people who have thyroid imbalances since it is so easy to take and works fairly quickly.

    There is not really a process to take Ashwagandha. Similar to all supplements, all you have to do is find and purchase it and then consume the capsule, ideally with a meal. Ashwagandha is fairly popular so it should be available at most supplement stores.

    Most of the thyroid supplements we review here contains Ashwagandha as well. This link can help you find specific thyroid supplements with this herb.

    Many people take Ashwagandha by itself or with other nutrients, mineral, and vitamins combined in certain supplements. Thyroid supplements, as we mentioned earlier, usually have good combinations for Ashwagandha and most of them are organic as well.

    You should notice results fairly quickly. Though, for some it takes at least 2 weeks. Be sure to consistently take it everyday.

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    Thyroid Advisor July 12, 2017 at 2:34 am

    You’re definitely right that Iodine can worsen some thyroid conditions, usually those who have hashimoto’s thyroiditis or some form of allergy to certain foods that contain Iodine. However, the amount of people affected by this is a rather small subset.

    Sufficient Iodine consumption far outweighs the the potential drawbacks. Iodine supplementation is not a guaranteed solution, but for the vast majority of people with thyroid disorders, it will likely have great benefits for them.

    If you believe Iodine affects you in a negative way, you should definitely avoid it and seek supplements like this one that does not have Iodine. The vast majority of people, however, need Iodine and should look for thyroid support supplements that contain adequate amounts.

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    Thyroid Advisor July 10, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Cynthia,

    If you had your thyroid removed, it is very unlikely any thyroid supplement will be able to help you. Thyroid hormones cannot be produced without a thyroid. If someone had their thyroid removed, they would have to take in hormones externally with medication like levothyroxine.

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    Thyroid Advisor July 10, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I have not seen anything to suggest that, but it is always a good idea to run it by your doctor as he would likely know a lot more about the situation and possible effects.

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    Thyroid Advisor July 1, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Obviously, it contains something that does not seem to bode well with you.

    It is not uncommon. Some people report feeling better with a specific supplement while others report unwanted side effects.

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    Thyroid Advisor July 1, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    It would improve, though probably by a much smaller margin than those with less serious conditions.

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    Thyroid Advisor June 26, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Topical applications of Iodine would definitely help raise Iodine levels within your body. This in turn would help most cases of hypothyroidism.

    But if you are asking if Iodine absorbed through the skin alone will cure hypothyroidism, it is unlikely as most people have an under active thyroid due to a multitude of reasons and not just one deficiency.

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    Thyroid Advisor June 21, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Hi Alison,

    Very unlikely. The vitamins, minerals, and herbs in these supplements can be used by other organs and help in that regard, but no hormones can be produced through these supplements, without a thyroid.

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    Thyroid Advisor June 21, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Hi Stella,

    As I mentioned before, I am restricted from doing so, so that potential bias or favoritism cannot be introduced. You would have to change it from your end.

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    Thyroid Advisor June 19, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Stella,

    It’s great that you found a thyroid supplement that works for you!

    I definitely agree with you that the scoring tool could be better and more intuitive. The general idea is that you have to score every category of the thyroid supplement, where 0 is the lowest score and 10 is the highest score.

    For the side effects scoring option, I guess a better wording would be “Lack of Side Effects.” If there wasn’t any side effects, then the score would be a 10 ideally. If you experienced a lot of negative side effects, the score would be given a 0.

    I guess it’s not very intuitive now that I read your comment and thought about it, but unfortunately I did not design the tool.

    Hopefully you can update your score if you wish to do so, so that it better reflects the true score of the product (I am unable to do so from my side.)

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    Thyroid Advisor June 17, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Colleen,

    I highly doubt the answer I will give you in this reply will satisfy your questions and inquires.

    I’ve talked with people who decided to try Ashwagandha by itself or in combination with other supplements. They said it changed their lives. They were no longer brought down by their thyroid. No more “blah” feelings or foggy moments. They stopped taking prescription medicines and, for lack of better words I guess, felt a lot younger (even though they most certainly did not look it!) It is possible that you would be part of this group.

    I’ve also talked with people for whom Ashwagandha did little or nothing, albeit a smaller amount of people. It didn’t change their lives and it didn’t boost their energy. They wore their faces throughout their body. They stopped taking Ashwagandha and embarked on yet another search for a solution to their problems. It is possible that you would be part of this group as well.

    It is also possible that you would be somewhere in the middle, like most are. Unfortunately, similar to medicines, Ashwagandha seems to have more profound effects on some people than others. Though, on average it does seem to have a positive effect on people.

    So, it depends. As I said earlier, this is not probably the answer you want to hear, if you were looking for a binary – yes, no – reply.

    I am hesitant to give you direction in one way or another. You are on a potent combination of prescription thyroid medications. In my opinion, no one should tell you – especially someone over the internet who lacks any medical degrees whatsoever (me!) – what to specifically take or not to take.

    It is potentially worth exploring? I think so. I think everyone should try Ashwagandha and other herbs at some point in their lives to see how the benefits are for them.

    Should you get off your doctors prescribed medication? In my opinion, I think that would be a mistake. He most likely knows a lot more about you then I do, and choose those specific drugs for a reason.

    Can you combine Ashwagandha with other prescription drugs? I am not a doctor. With that being said, I have not read any reports that would indicate it is dangerous. But that will be for you to decide.

    Hopefully this reply helps a bit.

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    Thyroid Advisor May 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    It would probably be best to ask your doctor about it first.

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    Thyroid Advisor April 25, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I don’t think any supplement can be a replacement for a drug your doctor recommended you take. Supplements are often safe on their own, but may interact with other drugs, so I would ask your doctor or the drug manufacturer first.

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    Thyroid Advisor April 25, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    In my opinion, likely not, but I would ask Nature Thyroid to be sure before combining supplements and drugs.

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    Thyroid Advisor April 25, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Not sure, but I would assume so since it works well.

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    Thyroid Advisor March 20, 2017 at 1:36 am

    If you have had your thyroid removed, in my opinion it is impossible for a dietary supplement to help you. You will likely need to take T4 drugs such as levothyroxine for the rest of your life.

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    Thyroid Advisor March 7, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    I can’t imagine why it would not be, but not sure how effective it will be for you if your thyroid is causing you to lose a large amount of weight.

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    Thyroid Advisor February 23, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I’m a bit puzzled by what exactly you are trying to say, but regardless, diagnosing thyroid issues over the internet is very difficult and something that your doctor would know more about.

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    Thyroid Advisor February 1, 2017 at 3:04 am

    Absolutely. Everyone is unique and should find what works best for them.

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    Thyroid Advisor February 1, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Most sources seem to recommend taking supplements while pregnant, but there are some that do not. I would think there would not be an issue, but you should always ask your doctor to make sure.

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    Thyroid Advisor December 16, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    It is not absolutely necessary to continue taking thyrobin. So, if you feel that your thyroid levels are back to normal you can stop taking it. However, if you start to feel the symptoms of hypothyroidism again, it might be helpful to recontinue taking the supplement.

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    Thyroid Advisor September 7, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Not sure, but I would lean towards a no. There are a lot of drug interactions with Levothyroxine as seen here: https://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/levothyroxine.html. This is a question you would have to ask your doctor and Rejuvica Health.

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    Thyroid Advisor September 6, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Hey Kim,

    It depends on each person as everyone seems to react differently. Some people might notice great effects with one brand and another won’t feel any difference. You can visit our top list here: https://thyroidadvisor.com/top-supplements/ to see what works for most people.

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    Thyroid Advisor July 27, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Good Points! These are the most common groups of people to have this deficiency in my experience. However, you are certainly correct, they are not the only ones.