Hashimotos Thyroiditis and Selenium Supplementation
Greetings, friends. I’m Nik Hedberg, and today’s Hashimoto’s tip of the day is selenium supplementation. Selenium is really a thyroid antioxidant, and it’s involved in the activation of thyroid hormones. It’s very important. Selenium was also looked at in one study, at it’s effects on thyroid antibody levels, and so they gave the subjects selenium supplementation. They monitored their antibody levels for about three months. They found that selenium supplementation significantly reduced their thyroid antibody levels. They also found that the subjects reported an improved sense of overall wellbeing and a better mood.
It’s really important to understand the type of selenium to take because there is the risk of toxicity. I recommend selenomethionine. That’s the best. That’s the safest form of selenium, and there’s very little risk for toxicity. The amount of selenium that you take, and that they used in the study, was about 200 micrograms a day. You don’t need more than that. That’s a safe and effective dose of selenium. Of course, you want to discuss this with your , but selenium is really the most important supplement you can take if you do have Hashimoto’s. I hope you enjoyed Hashimoto’s tip, and I will see you next time. Take care.
Hashimotos Thyroiditis and Iodine Supplementation
Greetings, friends, I’m Nik Hedberg and the Hashimoto’s tip of the day is iodine supplementation. A very, very controversial topic, so let’s stick with what the research shows because that’s the most important thing, especially when we’re talking about iodine. One of the things we know about iodine is that if you give iodine to someone with Hashimoto’s, the research shows that this will increase what we call lymphocytic infiltration into the thyroid gland and increase activity. What that means is that in Hashimoto’s, there are lymphocytes sort of attacking the.
Gland, so to speak, and this causes inflammation. And we know that if we give iodine to someone it increases that attack, that activity and the inflammation. This is why we’ll see antibody levels skyrocket and the patient’s symptoms get much, much worse. I’m of the school of thought that we avoid iodine supplementation in Hashimoto’s because there is a risk of increasing inflammation and destruction in the gland. Some multiple vitamins have small amounts of iodine, somewhere around 150 to 200 micrograms. I haven’t seen that to cause any problems. It’s the much higher doses that people are using, 6 milligrams, 12.5 milligrams, 25 milligrams, 50 milligrams, very, very high doses of iodine.
And I recommend that you stay away from that and be very safe when you’re dealing with iodine and Hashimoto’s. That’s our Hashimoto’s tip for the day, and we’ll see you next time. Take care.