Foods That Support the Thyroid

The thyroid produces hormones that regulate mood, metabolism, energy levels, body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.  Like all organs, it has some nutrients that it relies on to function properly.  This includes trace minerals, Vitamins and antioxidants.  Making sure that you eat a well rounded diet so that it includes these  nutrients is vital to have a properly functioning thyroid.

Key Trace Minerals: Zinc, Iron and Copper:

Zinc is used by the body in making Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).  It is also used to produce the hormones T3 and T4.

Copper is needed to produce  TSH and maintain production of T4.

Iron is important in many thyroid functions

B vitamins and Antioxidants:

Antioxidants are essential to combat oxidative stress.  This is improtant to prevent degenerative diseases as well as to mitigate the aging process.  Vitamins A, C and E help the thyroid deal with oxidative stress on a daily basis.  The B vitamins, along with trace minerals are needed to produce T4.  Every nutrient places a crucial role in function of the thyroid.

Foods that Support Thyroid Function:

Zinc
Beef, turkey, lamb, fresh oysters, sardines, walnuts, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, pecans, almonds, split peas and ginger root

Copper
Crabmeat, oysters, lobster, beef, nuts, sunflower seeds, shitake mushrooms, tomato paste anddark chocolate

Iron
Organ meats, oysters, clams, spinach, lentils, soybeans, pumpkin seeds and blackstrap molasses

Vitamin A 
Broccoli, asparagus, lettuce, kale, carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, liver, winter squash/pumpkin, cantaloupe

Vitamin C
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, greens (mustard, collard, kale, turnip), parsley, peppers (chili, Bell, sweet), strawberries, guava, papaya, citrus, kiwifruit

Vitamin E
Almonds, sunflower seeds,  asparagus, leafy green vegetables, liver

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
Egg yolks, organ meats, wild rice,  mushrooms, almonds

Remember, whole food sources are always better than synthetic vitamins.

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