Natural Practitioners, Nutritional Supplements, Herbs for Underactive Thyroid
Get relief for your underactive thyroid.
Hypothyroidism, the medical term for an underactive thyroid, is a very common condition, occurring in 1 to 2% of the general population, but increasing to approximately 10% by age 65.
These statistics refer to those with clinical hypothyroidism, however, at least 4% of the population is walking around with some biochemical abnormality suggestive of an underactive thyroid, without symptoms. There are also many more people who have symptoms suggestive of underactive thyroid but blood test results are in the normal range. It is this situation that creates much controversy around this disease.
Some laboratory specialists believe that the reference range for so-called normal thyroid function is too wide and that those in the lower end of the range who have mild symptoms should in fact be labelled as hypothyroid and should receive treatment.
Many of these patients consult their physicians who tell them, using the current laboratory test criteria, that they are normal. Sadly, many patients accept this and live with their symptoms, which gradually worsen until eventually their blood tests do move outside the range and treatment is provided. This may take several years, during which the patient has suffered sub-optimal health. Fortunately, many others will seek out natural practitioners for assistance and receive an array of nutritional supplements, herbs and glandular extracts to help their condition.
Natural Supplements Normalize Metabolic Processes
Thyroid hormones contain iodine and tyrosine (an amino acid) so a supply of these is necessary. The production of these hormones is a complex metabolic process which requires B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, selenium, manganese and essential fatty acids in good supply.
Therefore, providing the body with these supplements will improve the function of the thyroid gland and help to normalize the metabolic processes that depend on these hormones. Extracts of animal thyroid glands can also be used as they contain standardised amounts of thyroid hormones and important nutrients to support function.
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To your health,
Dr. Chris Dawkins, BM, MRCGP, LMCC
Chief Nutrition Optimizer at Natural Health Publishing