What Makes It Work

To produce Thyroid hormone, and for these hormones to function, there are several key nutrients that are important. Supplementation of these nutrients can aid the restoration of the Thyroid glands’ ability to

function properly (see treatment page).

  • Iodine. This mineral makes up an essential part of the structure of each thyroid hormone (T1, T2, T3, T4). Goiter (enlargement of the Thyroid gland) is one facet of Iodine deficiency.
  • Vitamin A. When this vitamin is deficient, the thyroid gland’s ability to take up Iodine is compromised. Low vitamin A can also inhibit the production of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (known as TSH). This hormone is the hormone that tells your Thyroid gland when to produce enough thyroid hormone to service the cells in your body. Some vegetarians may have a good intake of beta-carotene (a precursor to Vitamin A) however a poorly functioning thyroid gland is sometimes unable to convert the beta-carotene to vitamin A.
  • Selenium is a key component of the enzyme that converts the T4 hormone to T3 (T3 is the more active form of Thyroid hormone). Selenium is deficient in a number of countries, and especially in New Zealand.
  • Zinc / Copper. Zinc (like Selenium) is needed for the conversion of T4 to T3. Zinc deficiency has been shown to adversely affect thyroid function.
  • Iron is necessary to bond iodine to L-tyrosine in the ‘construction’ phase of producing thyroid hormone.
  • Vitamins B2 / B3 / B6 / B12 are all important for the functioning of the Thyroid Gland.

All of the above vitamins are available to purchase via our online store over at Creative Wellness.