For those people with hyperthyroidism looking to follow a natural hyperthyroid treatment protocol, there are numerous nutritional supplements and herbal remedies that can help to restore their health back to normal. However, before I list these supplements it's important to know that just taking supplements and herbs alone isn't enough to restore one's health to normal. When I was diagnosed with an autoimmune hyperthyroid disorder, nutritional supplements and herbs definitely were an important part of the recovery process. On the other hand, there were other factors that were equally important in restoring my health back to normal.
Eating well is essential to any successful natural hyperthyroid treatment protocol. Those who continue to eat a lot of refined foods and sugars can take all of the supplements they want, and they won't be able to restore the function of their thyroid gland back to normal. This doesn't necessarily mean that you will need to eliminate junk food from your diet for good, but you will definitely need to make some lifestyle changes if you want to not only restore your health back to normal, but also to prevent a relapse from happening.
Other factors that are important when using natural hyperthyroid treatment methods include doing a good job of managing the stress in your life, getting quality sleep each night, and reducing your exposure to environmental toxins. The good news is that you can make many of these changes on your own, although sometimes it can be a challenge.
8 Nutritional Supplements/Herbs For Natural Thyroid Health:
The following represent the supplements and herbs that I took while I was on my “natural hyperthyroid treatment protocol”. Some of these I still take today on a daily basis. What's important to keep in mind is that this is just an example of what I took, and not a recommendation for anyone else with a hyperthyroid condition to take. After all, while many people can benefit from the same supplements, not everyone needs to take all of these supplements. Plus, depending on what is causing your thyroid condition you might need to take additional supplements. Finally, different people will also require different dosages depending on their condition.
Note: Anyone with a hyperthyroid condition should consult with an endocrinologist or natural endocrine doctor before taking any of the following supplements.
1.Bugleweed. Bugleweed is a great herbal remedy for most hyperthyroid conditions, as this was perhaps the main herb that helped manage my symptoms when I first began my natural hyperthyroid treatment protocol. Just like many other people who have a hyperthyroid condition, the increased heart rate and palpitations can be scary, and bugleweed really did help with these symptoms and allowed me to avoid taking anti-thyroid drugs.
2.Eleuthero. Also known as Siberian Ginseng, this herb is not just specific for those who have a hyperthyroid condition. However, for someone that has adrenal problems and deals with a lot of chronic stress (which seems to describe most people these days), taking Eleuthero daily can really be beneficial, and make it easier to cope with the stress in your life.
3.Vitamin D. Most people are Vitamin D deficient, and a big reason for this is because many people do everything they can to avoid the sun, which is the best source of Vitamin D. And many of those that do get adequate sun exposure always put on sun block, which also blocks the absorption of Vitamin D. As a result, just about everyone needs to supplement with Vitamin D3, but before you do this it is a good idea to get tested to confirm that you are indeed deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency can cause a lot of problems, including a weakened immune system, which can eventually lead to the development of an autoimmune thyroid disorder, increase the likelihood of certain cancers, as well as many other conditions.
4.Iodine. It is assumed by many doctors that people with a hyperthyroid disorder have an excess of iodine. The reason for this is because iodine is necessary for the formation of thyroid hormone, and since people with hyperthyroidism have an excess of thyroid hormone, it is also assumed that they have an excess of iodine. This simply isn't true, as many people with hyperthyroidism actually have a deficiency in iodine. This once again can be confirmed with testing, as there is an iodine loading test you can take to determine if you are deficient in iodine, which will then require proper supplementation to correct this deficiency. Like Vitamin D, a deficiency in iodine can lead to many different conditions. For more information on the importance of iodine I highly recommend the book “Iodine, Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It”, which was written by Dr. David Brownstein.
5.Selenium. Selenium is important for the conversion of T4 to T3, and as a result, a deficiency of selenium can lead to a thyroid disorder, although in many cases it is a hypothyroid condition that develops. However, selenium is also important when it comes to immunity, and so even if you have a hyperthyroid condition you should make sure you are not deficient in this mineral. Eating one ounce of raw brazil nuts each day will give you all of the selenium you need.
6.B vitamins. There are many different conditions in which deficiencies in the B vitamins can lead to, and so once again, you want to make sure you avoid such a deficiency. Taking a daily whole food supplement is a good idea, as well as eating plenty of whole foods and at the same time minimizing the amount of refined foods and sugars you consume.
7.Magnesium. Many people are also deficient in magnesium, which has many different roles in the body, and as a result, a deficiency in magnesium can lead to numerous different conditions. Taking supplements also can help, although eating a diet consisting of a wide variety of whole foods will greatly help, including plenty of organic vegetables and raw seeds.
8.Omega 3 fatty acids. More and more people are taking omega three fatty acids, but you do want to make certain of a couple of things. First of all, you want to make sure you take a high quality fatty acid, as many of the fatty acids sold in retail stores are rancid, which you can usually tell if they have a “fishy” odor. Second, don't take too many omega three fatty acids, as this is becoming more of a problem, and while you definitely want to avoid a deficiency, at the same time you don't want to have an excess in your system, as this can lead to other health issues.
So how can you determine which of these supplements you need to take as part of a natural hyperthyroid treatment protocol? Being a natural healthcare professional I'm obviously biased and will therefore suggest that it's a good idea to seek the advice of a competent natural endocrine doctor. While it might be tempting to self-treat your condition, there are risks involved with this, and most people who take this approach usually don't receive optimal benefits.
On the other hand, by consulting with a natural endocrine doctor, they will evaluate your condition and put you on an individual plan depending on what nutritional deficiencies you may have, whether you have any hormonal imbalances, etc. Not only that, but they will also monitor your condition so that you're not taking these supplements longer than you need to. As I mentioned earlier, some of these supplements can and should be taken regularly (Vitamin D, fatty acids, etc.), but others do not need to be taken long-term. So rather than taking these supplements and herbs on your own, do yourself a favor and consult with a holistic doctor that focuses on endocrine disorders.
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Sheron on January 16, 2015:
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ethel barbus on February 07, 2013:
I have borderline hyperthyroidism diagnosed in 2010 .. have been on varying doses of tapezole. Tried taking KELP... My symptoms worsened. My throat became very painful and more sore than it usually is... I am told I have a combination of issues going on with GERD and the nodules in both lobes of the thyroid... My throat is always sore regardless of what I take for the GERD ... Looking for supplemental alternatives. Have seen an Endocrine guy bc I have an older sister with Myasthenia Gravis who had her thyroid obliterated. He sees no reason to do auto immune testing ... I recently underwent 4 chemo cistplatin and 25 pelvic radiation for stage II poorly differentiated squamous cell Ca of cervix... WHAT can you do for me? I think my whole problem is related to autoimmune but no one listens
butterflystar on September 05, 2012:
Great article except i completely disagree about the iodine as its not good to take at all causes extreme symptoms of hair loss and fatigue.
jayjay40 from Bristol England on June 09, 2012:
Thanks for writing this hub, lots of good advice. I had Graves Desease a few years back and wish your hub had been available then.
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royhammy on April 02, 2012:
Great article with much new information. I expect it to be a big help.
Chris Barton on February 22, 2012:
Dr., i was curious in regards to your Iodine statement. I recently tried taking a larger dose of iodine through supplementing with Norweigen Kelp. I noticed within a day or 2 that after taking it, i was experiencing extreme drops in energy, and concentration abilities. I felt horrible for 3-4 hours after taking it, and even after felt like i was dragging all day. I attribute this to perhaps having too much iodine in my system. I was taking about 600 mg's for a week, and have stopped b/c of the effects i was getting. Is it still safe to assume that iodine is still a good idea if perhaps i am over producing too many thyroid horomones? Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience!
kelleyward on January 16, 2012:
Thanks for the information Riaha. Vit D is very important in many areas of health. I will look further into this. Thanks!
Catherine on November 08, 2011:
Thankyou very interesting. Would a chronic pain condition be a trigger for hyperthyroid ? I am thinking maybe through an effect on the adrenal gland ?
rlaha from Spartanburg, SC on October 28, 2011:
Okay great. Thanks. I will check out your website and go from there.
DrEricO23 (author) on October 28, 2011:
My website does have some articles which discusses some of the foods you should and shouldn't eat.
rlaha from Spartanburg, SC on October 27, 2011:
Hi. Great post. I have hypothyroidism and would be interested in reading about good foods for people with this problem. Is there any chance that you have written or will be writing about this topic soon?
Darlene on September 18, 2011:
Your article does not address removal of bromide, chloride, or fluoride - as much as possible - from the diet. Those + iodine all compete for the same receptors and iodine will get pushed out every time. There's no point in taking supplements if you don't remove things that will prevent your body from hanging onto the iodine it does get. I wrote about it here: http://lifeonthefrancofarm.blogspot.com/2011/04/my...
Douglas Stoner on August 06, 2011:
The symptoms of hyperthyroidism can be difficult to deal with, which is why many people take anti-thyroid drugs, while others receive radioactive iodine therapy. The problem is that these conventional treatments do absolutely nothing for the actual cause of the condition, and a treatment such as radioactive iodine will obliterate the thyroid gland. On the other hand, the goal of a natural hyperthyroid treatment protocol is to not just get rid of the symptoms, but to cure your condition, which is possible for many people.My friend James Makker and i believe so.
HealthGuru1248 on July 17, 2011:
This was a great hub! I didn't know Eleuthero could help with adrenal stress. Suggesting nutrients to help with the whole endocrine system is refreshing to see. Some health care practitioners concentrate on only a part of the problem without seeing the whole picture.
Thank you for all the great info!
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william.fischer29 on June 27, 2011:
Very informative-It's my first time to hear about bugleweed for thyroid health. I thought iodine is the number one supplement.
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Thyroid is a big problem in many parts of the world. Great hub and nice information for people suffering from this disorder.