Thyroid Foods

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Sources of Iodine:

  • Shell fish such as shrimp and lobster
  • Ocean fish such as tuna and salmon (fresh or canned)
  • Kelp and other edible kinds of seaweed
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Dairy products like cheese or yogurt
  • All the body needs is just 150 micrograms a day of iodine, equivalent to the amount of iodine in ½ a teaspoon of iodized salt.

Sources of Tyrosine (an essential amino acid)

  • Chicken and other poultry
  • Fish
  • Almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Lima beans and other legumes

Goitrogenic Foods: ( Foods to avoid)

  • Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbage – Note: The vegetables are only goitrogenic in their raw form. Steamed or cooked destroys the goitrogentic effects.
  • Rutabagas, turnips, radishes, carrots
  • Peaches, strawberries
  • Spinach ( Steamed or cooked is OK)
  • Watercress
  • Soybeans and food products high in soy isoflavones

Vitamins that help the Thyroid

  • Calcium: If you take a thyroid replacement hormone you must take calcium two hours before or after you take your thyroid hormone. Calcium will block the absorption of the thyroid Hormone.
  • Beta carotene: (a form of vitamin A) Helps the thyroid produce hormones.
  • Selenium: Necessary for the de-iodinase enzyme that produces the hormones T3 from T4.
  • Vitamin E: Protects the thyroid hormone from bring broken down.
  • Vitamin B2, B6, C and niacin: All improve the thyroid function. Tyrosine cannot be produced without vitamin B6 or C.
  • Zinc: Plays a key role in immune function and cell health.
  • Vitamin E: When deficient, the absorption of iodine by the thyroid decreases 5% of normal.
  • Astragalus: Herb, as a tonic used for strengthening the immune system, making it better to fight disease and infections.
  • Vitamin B1: Essential for carbohydrate metabolism and is absolutely required to maintain basal metabolism.


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