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I am not sure of that answer. You would have to ask ThyroMate about that and see what they saw. I’ve also heard about third party forwarders that ship the product to you overseas, but not sure if they can be trusted.
That is not unusual to hear. Sometimes a thyroid supplement will not be as effective as when you first take it. Which thyroid supplement worked well for you in the beginning?
This could be an issue with the supplement itself…. maybe they switched formulas or something else to lose its efficiency.
Perhaps some other top rated thyroid supplements on this page may also be of some help.
ThyroChoice seems to be designed for hypothyroidism. It is definitely safe for hyperthyroidism patients as well, though hypothyroidism patients will benefit the most.
According to their website, Thyromate is produced in a NSF, GMP certified facility and does not contain synthetic or GMO ingredients. We have heard many good things about Thyromate and its company.
Thyro8 seems to be designed specifically for women considering that the 8 in Thyro8 stands for the fact that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. However, many men have been taking it as well.
Thanks for the kind words. Many experts and patients have used this site as a resource and I’m glad that the information and thyroid supplements on this page was able to help you as well.
Zinc is a nutrient that is very important for thyroid health. It is not surprising to hear that your thyroid supplements contains Zinc and that it has been helping you a lot. Many experts recommend taking a thyroid supplement with Zinc, and you can see why in our article here. In our article, we explore how Zinc influences thyroid health.
You should not stop taking medication without consulting your doctor first. Thyroid supplements can often be taken in conjunction with thyroid medication, and many people have reported benefits from taking both at the same time compared to taking only one.
If your hypothyroidism or sub-clinical hypothyroidism is due to lack of sufficient nutrients in the body – vitamins, minerals, or amino acids – than thyroid support supplements that contain those nutrients may be able to cure that since it directly targets the cause. There are often many causes and this could not be the case. But regardless it is always helpful for all body functions to have the proper nutrient intake and healthy thyroid function improves from that as well.
Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m glad to hear that these thyroid supplements have helped your thyroid condition. Which specific ones did you take? It might be helpful to share the exact names with others visiting this thyroid site.
I have not seen any specific thyroid support supplements that target radiation. Usually, radiation therapy is used when someone has hyperthyroidism so that their hormone production is lowered. If someone does not have any thyroid conditions initially however, and then undergoes radiation to their thyroid, then it could cause hypothyroidism. The higher ranked thyroid supplements on this page should be able to help support thyroid function as well as overall body functions. I would recommend seeing a doctor to see if any damage is done to the thyroid.
Thanks for letting us know your experience with thyroid supplements. I’m glad to hear Thyromate is working well for you.
Thanks. Let us know how which thyroid support supplement you choose and how it ends up working for you.
Thanks for sharing your experience. Vitamin B12 is definitely important for thyroid health and is often a nutrition deficiency in those with hypothyroidism.
Thanks for letting us know. I’m glad this article on thyroid supplements was helpful for you – and many others as well.
Thanks for letting us know about your experience. We appreciate it!
If you had your thyroid removed, I would definitely not stop taking your thyroid medication. Thyroid support supplements, like Thyro8, work best for those with full thyroids. Those with thyroidectomys will not benefit as much from thyroid supplements and should continue their medication. Perhaps ask your doctor about adding a thyroid supplement in addition to your medication, but again I do not think replacing existing medication with your condition right now is a good choice.
Well that definitely not what you want to see in blood tests. The next step would be to figure out why this is the case. Is it with diet or another condition? I would assume medication is part of the plan as well but your doctor likely has the next steps lined up for you.
Generally, patients with medical conditions should check with their doctor before taking thyroid supplements, or really any supplement of any kind, as it can exasperate their condition or interfere with an existing medical plan.
Thyroid supplements, like Thyromate, work best for full and healthy thyroids. Patients who have had part of their thyroid removed, or even total thyroidectomy, do not benefit as much from thyroid supplements as others.
For any thyroid support supplement, it is best to check with your doctor regarding existing medical conditions.
After having a thyroid removed, you will likely need to take thyroid medication for the rest of your life. These symptoms would indicate your thyroid medication is not exactly the right type or dosage for you. Supplements would help, but your medication is the bigger problem.
Most of the top supplements on this page are all natural, but you can check each individual supplements website to make sure. I do agree with you that supplements that are not all natural should generally be avoided.
I’m not sure exactly what you mean in the first sentence, but I’ll answer your second question.
Yes, pretty much all readily available supplements contain ingredients that you can find naturally in foods. Finding those foods and eating them would certainly be safe, provided you do not have an adverse reaction to that food… such as an allergy. Thyroid supplements just make it easier to obtain the ingredients and nutrients without having to specifically go out and find foods that contain it. If the food tastes bad too, swallowing a pill is much easier than eating something you don’t want to!
Synthroid should not contain gluten but it is possible that during the facility in which it is manufactured, it may have come into contact with gluten during the process of making it.
It is great to hear that synthroid works well for you. We hear so many stories of synthroid not working, people begin to wonder if it works for anyone at all. The truth is that it works well for most people, but for those it does not – they are often left on their own.
I’m glad you mentioned that link between hypothyroidism and weight loss. There are many more studies being done on the relationship between these two, but I do share your belief that there is a larger link. I suspect we will see this proven more throughly in a couple years.
Having half a thyroid and taking no medication? That does not sound right. Thyroid supplements work best for those that have a full thyroid. It could still help, but I would also look at getting a second opinion on the medication and thyroid hormone levels.
If you’re worried about the iodine, I would look for a supplement that does not have any. To be fair, though, most thyroid supplements do find iodine. I once saw a supplement that contained only iodine and was labeled as a thyroid supplement!
We did review a thyroid supplement without iodine, ThyroChoice, which you can see here.
Your case is definitely not unusual, and there are a lot of great thyroid supplements on this page that could help you. I would recommend just opening up a couple reviews and then reading them. Be sure to look at the ingredient facts label, and find one that has methylcobalamin as the source of Vitamin B12.
What we refer to by high quality ingredient, is the origin of the ingredient and how the source is present in each capsule. This is often found in the ingredient facts label. The source of each ingredient greatly affects the overall quality of the thyroid supplement itself.
A good example of this can be seen in protein supplements. According to research, whey protein supplements, when compared to soy protein supplements, are absorbed better and lead to higher to higher testosterone responses. So if you were just looking to gain as much protein as possible, disregarding other things, whey would be the way to go. Practically, of course however, you do have other factors to consider as well – whether you are vegan or have lactose intolerance, but that’s a simple example.
High consumption of cruciferous vegetables can interfere with thyroid production. See this article here for more information: https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/food-beverages/cruciferous-vegetables Specifically, the paragraph that states “Iodine and thyroid function.”
Thanks for letting us know. I’m glad you found the medication that works best for you!
Thyroid problems are often associated with increased weight gain. Naturally, helping your thyroid can lead to the opposite effect. It is possible.
Thanks for letting us know! I’m glad Ashwagandha is working great for you, and I know it is for a lot of people as well.
The idea behind this article was that the thyroid directly effects testosterone levels.
Having low test levels can be caused by thyroid problems.
However, thyroid problems can be caused by a multitude of problems – not just low Iodine.
Having a blood test done to measure the amount of minerals and vitamins in your blood can determine whether you have a enough Iodine and other essential vitamins/minerals.
ThyroMate does not contain any gland extract, porcine or otherwise, according to its nutrition facts label.
These supplements are designed for people with thyroids – and most likely will not have a noticeable effect for those without one. A regular multivitamin might be a better choice for someone without a thyroid. What I like about most of these thyroid supplements, however, is that some of them come with money back guarantees so patients can try them without the fear of losing their money.
These are common signs of hypothyroidism, which this thyroid supplement may help with. Since they have a great money back guarantee, I would definitely try it out.
My understanding is that there is no soy proteins in Thyromate. There may be some contaminants with some other supplements in the manufacturing facility, however, that is needed for allergen warnings. Best to check with them.
If nothing else changed before taking the MRI and then suddenly after taking it, a week later you experienced bald spots, I would think it has something to do with the MRI – the only change that could cause this reaction. If it is alopecia, rogaine will not be as effective as regular hair loss, and perhaps that is why your doctor recommended against it.
Vitamins and minerals, like those in the thyroid supplements here, can help with hair regrowth to a limited degree. Only after consistent usage over time will you perhaps notice hair growth and thickness. It is unlikely that suddenly after taking them, a couple days later you grow back these bald spots. That would be rare.
Generally, my experiences with taking supplements and prescription medications have been fine – especially if you take them a couple hours apart. However, I always recommend checking with your doctor to be safe, as they know more about your condition than others.
It is true that our bodies need vitamins and minerals in order to convert T4 to T3. Having had a thyroidectomy, though, from past experiences, the benefits from supplements will be limited compared to someone who still has a healthy thyroid.
Great idea! This way of taking the thyroid supplement helps those who have trouble swallowing capsules as well.
450mg is a decent amount already. I would start with one of that for a someone who has not taken Ashwagandha yet.
Brewer’s yeast is often contaminated with malt and grain, and thus will have gluten. Unless it specifically states gluten-free (which some do), I would avoid it for those who have gluten sensitivities.
It should generally be fine as it does not appear that motherwort interacts with Synthroid if you take them a few hours apart. It is always recommend to check with your doctor first as they know your conditions best.
Unfortunately, thyroid supplements do not work as effectively if you had your thyroid removed. They primary work by helping support the thyroid with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs to help your thyroid work at its best. However, this can only happen when the thyroid gland is present.
Ashwagandha is generally safe to take with thyroid medication, especially if you space them out. Of course, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor as they know your conditions best.
The undisclosed amounts of hormones in supplements comes primarily from supplements that contain some from of thyroid gland, usually from bovine. These desiccated, crushed glands often have varying levels of thyroid hormones and it does not say the amount of hormone levels anywhere on the bottle. We recommend avoiding these supplements.
Thyroid supplements can definitely be helpful with most medications. I always recommend checking with your doctor first, as some medications may not work the best with certain supplements. It sounds that you already did that though, so choosing a thyroid supplement off of this page would be a great idea for you.
I have not heard of homeopathy being an effective treatment for hypothyroidism. I’m sure a very small number of people had a good experience with it, but I would not recommend it.
If you read a list of symptoms for hypothyroidism and experience a number of them, it probably likely you have hypothyroidism but it is always better to check with your doctor and make sure. It’ll still be safe and OK to take, though since you live in New Zealand, it might be harder to get some of these supplements that we reviewed – I’m not sure if they are available in NZ but you can check with the companies.
I would not recommend stopping your medication. Try Ashwagandha and see how it helps you. Maybe after that you can discuss your medication with your doctor and see if you need it anymore.
These are valid concerns and we asked them about this as well. I believe their reply was that a very small amount of soy (around a tenth of a milligram they said) was used in the processing of the minerals and contains even fewer, if any, soy proteins. However, that is still not acceptable for someone with a serious soy allergy, so they had to include that warning.
As for Kelp, it is a natural aquatic product which may contain traces of fish and/or shellfish so they said they had to include that warning again for those with allergies.
Of course, you’re welcome to ask them about these as well.
Here is a rough estimate for someone would weighs 150lbs.
To achieve this level… Take this much supplement per day…
20 ng/ml………………..1000 IU
30 ng/ml………………..2200 IU
40 ng/ml………………..3600 IU
50 ng/ml………………..5300 IU
60 ng/ml………………..7400 IU
70 ng/ml………………..10100 IU
Thanks for sharing your experiences. That definitely does sound like some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. It might be helpful to go to an endocrinologist and get some tests done to learn a bit more about what is going on.
Questions like those are probably best asked towards the makers of ThyroMate.
I have not heard or seen those kinds of supplements. It would require a high degree of trust.
If you feel better with thyroid supplements than before, it might be better just to go with that. Your medication in conjunction with both could help as well, if you have tried that already?
This thyroid supplement contains a lot of iodine which could potentially make those with hashimoto’s feel worse and even lead to flare ups.
Most of these thyroid supplements work to help support a thyroid. If your thyroid does not work anymore, it might not work as good as you hope.
Hopefully it improves your thyroid functionality and thus your thyroid tests!
It depends on the amount of each vitamin/mineral in the supplements that you already take. If it is significant enough, then taking more supplements with the same vitamin/minerals can lead to vitamin/mineral overdose, which can have unpleasant symptoms.
Most of these thyroid supplements also contain herbs that are not commonly found in other supplements. Herbs can be very beneficial for the thyroid as explained in this article here.
Your TSH is definitely higher than what any doctor would consider normal. What symptoms of hypothyroidism do you have? Lowering your TSH may help get rid of them.
Of course, you can try a thyroid support supplement. Most have money back guarantees so there is no risk involved.
Normally you can take thyroid supplements if you space them out with your medication. Best to check with them though!
Wow… Your TSH is really high. Thyroid supplements may be able to help you. The ones on this page are pretty good. For TSH as higher as yours, I would recommend seeing an actual endocrinologist that prescribes you both T3 and T4 medications.
High potency extracts refer to the quality from which the ingredient is derived as well as the amount.
These thyroid supplements help support the thyroid. I don’t want to say for sure it will help you, but I do think it could. There’s very little risk to trying it with the money back guarantees the companies offer, so I would try it and see if it helps me if I were you.
Many patients report feeling a lot better with thyroid supplements. You can try one and see how it fits with you. Most of them, Thyromate included, have a money back guarantee so you could always get a refund.
Depends which supplement you are talking about since there’s about 10+ on this page. I would ask the manufacturer of the supplement those questions.
Although it is uncommon that a patient will gain weight when taking thyroid medications, like synthroid, that you mentioned, it does happen to some. However, it is much less likely that thyroid supplements will cause weight gain. I have not heard of people gaining weight just due to taking a thyroid supplement.
I would not recommend getting off prescription drugs. Usually you can take supplements along with Armour Thyroid (though its better to check with your doctor who knows your specific treatments).
The backorders with RLC Labs has been going on for some time now, but recently, according to their website, they started shipping out the low dosages of Nature Throid again. Its certainly a sad situation since a lot of patients rely on their drugs. Its part of their life – and not having any to take for a long period can really mess things up. I believe most were forced to take other natural thyroid drugs.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them took thyroid supplements. While thyroid supplements are more natural, most of them do take some time to fully work in bodies. NDT’s on the other hand contain T3 hormones, as well as T4, so they’ll work a bit faster. It shouldn’t take too long for the patient to feel the effects after continually taking them. I would be interested in hearing what other patients feel – and how supplements effect them. From the other comments on this website, it certainly helps.
Thanks for those kind words! We will be reviewing more thyroid supplements this year. It’s kind of hard, since we have normal jobs as well, but we do try to find the time to write posts and reviews.
If you experiencing some/most of the symptoms of a thyroid disorder (some can be found here but you can google for the rest) and/or if your thyroid levels are not where they should be, then you likely have a thyroid problem. These thyroid supplements help to re-balance your thyroid through the unique combination of vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and nutrients they contain, and which are often forgotten from our diet.
High potency extracts refer to the quality of the ingredients in the supplement. For example, with iodine it would likely be the plant in which it is extracted from. Higher quality sources often lead to higher quality supplements.
If you are already taking the ingredients in a supplement separately, you should be able to take it in one pill at the same time. I would think this is likely as a lot more convenient. The dosages might be different though, so be sure to check that. Hopefully it helps your thyroid condition out.
I would ask your doctor. It depends on his medications, and while I have not heard of any thyroid medications that interfere with ashwagandha, it is always a good idea to check and be safe.
Thanks for letting us know! Hopefully, it keeps working well. Based on previous experiences, I believe it will.
If you do not have a thyroid anymore, thyroid supplements will be ineffective for support thyroid functionality. The nutrients might help for other parts, but no thyroid hormones can be produced inn your body if you no longer have a thyroid.
It sounds like you could possibly have an underactive thyroid. An underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, has been shown to be hereditary. It might be a good idea to talk with your mother about what she takes and possibly start taking that as well.
A specific study can be found here if you want more information (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2293315/). I would not completely cut it out, but spacing it out may help. For example, if you take your drugs in the morning, perhaps wait a couple hours before eating foods with calcium. This may help avoid absorption issues.
If you’re already taking the vitamins/minerals in Thyromate, like you said, it probably won’t help as much to just double up on them. I would target the one’s, such as Ashwagandha, that you are not getting. The source of the supplement matters as well, so try to find ones that are higher quality and reputable.
The ingredients and their quantities can be found on Thyromate’s website. I would not think dietary supplements would cause a problem with prescription drugs, but it might be better to ask them or your doctor.
Usually you should not have to discontinue one supplement to take another. A lot of people take multiple types of supplements at the same time.
Best to check with your doctor. I do know some people who take prescription drugs and ashwagandha spaced out, but it is always a good idea to ask your doctor first.
To be honest, I doubt this alone will fix all the thyroid problems you are having. It is an herb to definitely try though and see how it affects you. In conjugation with other herbs, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, you will likely feel much better than before, when you were not trying these options.
It doesn’t make sense to take something that makes you feel worse then when you first started. I think it might be a good idea to bring up to your doctor. Some patients really click with Armour Thyroid and you might be one of them.
I would definitely recommend trying some of the supplements here. Most have money back guarantees, so you have nothing to lose!
I noticed you said you take 200 mcg as well as calcium. Is that 200 mch of levothyroxine? Calcium actually interferes with the absorption of levothyroxine. It might be something to avoid, or at least avoid taking at the same time.
Good question! If you already know that Iodine affects you negatively, then obviously, you should not take supplements that contain Iodine.
But if you don’t know, or if you did not have any negative experiences taking Iodine, then I believe you should try getting proper Iodine supplementation.
I believe that proper Iodine intake is far beneficial than its potential drawbacks, so everyone should try it first and then see how it affects them.
It shouldn’t be a problem, but checking with your doctor first is always a good idea. I’m not sure if it would help you gain height though. I have not seen any studies to suggest that.
Thanks for catching that. It was a typo and it has been fixed.
Liquid supplements usually cost a lot more and don’t contain as much needed nutrients as others, but it does certainly have good benefits, especially for those are have difficulty taking large capsules, like yourself. I’m sorry to say that I have not seen any high quality liquid thyroid supplements. It’s a really small area of a small region to begin with, so I can see why most companies don’t make it. I’ll try to keep an eye out though. In the meantime, finding supplements with smaller capsules, or maybe even trying to crush or break them down might help.
We have not obviously reviewed all the thyroid supplements on the market. We give each review a lot of time, and right now, we have not had a lot of that recently, so we have taken a bit of a break on that. I’ll try to look at 1 Body’s Thyroid Support later down the line.
There is a connection between hair loss and the thyroid, but I have not heard of any cases with Alopecia Areata due primarily to a thyroid disorder. It can’t hurt to try, but I would not get your hopes up.
Obviously, it sounds like something is not right. Could be overdosing, or a combination of both. Best to talk to your doctor about it and try different prescriptions and dosages. This is not normal!
Yes. Our article on Iodine talks about that.
Stopping thyroid medication cold turkey is usually not a good idea. I would imagine it would be unpleasant to say the least. You won’t notice the effects right away but they will eventually come.
I’m sorry to hear that. If levothyroxine is truly making you feel worse, I would talk with your doctor about changing the medication. It does not make sense to take a drug that makes you feel worse than before.
As for your questions on thyroid supplements, I hate to say this: but it really depends on the individual. They work amazingly for some, who have gotten off their thyroid medications and just take supplements for now. But for others, they don’t work as well or have much of an effect at all. You could also be somewhere in the middle. I do think they are worth taking a shot with though.
I have not read or seen anything that suggests it is not recommended. If you take them some time apart, I would think you should be fine. It is always a good idea to check with your doctor, though, as everyone reacts differently to herbal supplements and medications.
Yeah, it seems that Nature-Throid does not work well with your body. Hopefully herbal supplements for the thyroid can work to improve your energy without the side effects you experienced.
300 mcg of synthroid (I’m assuming) is a big dose! You must really have an underactive thyroid. Did your doctor just do a thyroid panel or did he run testosterone level tests as well?
Generally these thyroid supplements are OK for most people to take with synthroid spaced apart. However, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor or the supplement maker.
In my opinion, Thyromate is most effective for an underactive thyroid – but I can see it helping those with an overactive thyroid as well. Ashwagandha in particular, which is in Thyromate along with some other herbs (some of which we talk about here), is effective at re-balancing thyroid health and hormones.
I have not heard or read of any interactions between selenium and birth control – in the sense that one does not prevent or interfere with the other from working, being absorbed, or doing it what it’s supposed to do.
The only relationship I have heard of between the two, is this study that states oral contraceptives induce depletion of key nutrients including selenium. So according to the study, it would actually be better to supplement with selenium if using a birth control.
The short answer is that these vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients have been shown to properly synthesize and produce thyroid hormones. Your thyroid needs the nutrients and herbs from these thyroid supplements in order to function at its best.
The long answer (with references to numerous peer reviewed studies) can be found in articles around this website. Check out these articles on Zinc and Selenium to see why they are so important!
I’m surprised the doctor said his thyroid tests are fine. From the looks of it, TSH is pretty high here, and T3 and T4 are on the lower end. It also sounds like he has other signs of a low thyroid as well.
I do think thyroid supplements can help, and they are worth trying. However, I would also look at getting a second opinion from a doctor. If his symptoms are severe, he may need more than just supplements – actual medication that needs a prescription.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for sharing your experience! Certainly a lot of information here, so let me try to address some of them.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
It largely depends on your dosage, but 2-4 weeks is the general period of time before you would start feeling improvements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It would improve, though probably by a much smaller margin than those with less serious conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
It would probably be best to ask your doctor about it first.
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.
In my opinion, likely not, but I would ask Nature Thyroid to be sure before combining supplements and drugs.
Not sure, but I would assume so since it works well.
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely. Everyone is unique and should find what works best for them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.