Thyroid is an important endocrine gland producing thyroxin that is involved with the metabolic function of the body. Hypothyroidism is treated with thyroid medications, which are either synthetic or of animal origin. Several medications available are used as a replacement for T3, T4, or their combination.
The two prominent types of natural thyroid therapies comes from plants and diet. There is a third called glandular or 'protomorphogen' therapy. The process uses desiccated thyroid tissue from cattle to provide the human host with the needed iodine and necessary nutrients to promote healthy thyroid action.
Natural thyroid medicines such as herbal remedies include the use of Bugleweed which is steeped into a tea, and decreases excessive activity of the thyroid. Motherwort, a member of the mint family, has been tried successfully for reducing hyperactivity and easing abnormal heart rhythms.
Other remedies include the use sea plants. A type of alga known as Bladderwrack is a superior remedy for an under active thyroid. This seaweed is mildly antibacterial and has been known to reduce an enlarged thyroid or goiter. Nori is another seaweed that has been consumed in Chinese and Japanese diets for centuries and is touted for its abundant nutritional qualities. Nori contains high concentrations of iodine which is vital for proper thyroid function. Since nori is so nutritious, it is often referred to as "sea vegetables".
For those of you who are reading this, and feel you only have one minute to spare, here's the short version: be sure to take a strong multivitamin with minerals along with a couple of grams of Vitamin C each day. This has to be high-quality, such as can be purchased from reputable health food stores, as opposed to some of the larger national drug store brands in the same category as Centrum or Centrum Silver.
Most nationally-advertised multiple vitamins sold in drugstores do not have the potency nor the bioavailability that thyroid sufferers need. So buy your supplements from a cerified nutrition store.
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