It seems that thyroid problems are becoming more common these days and it is important to take heed. This is because the thyroid gland although small, plays a vital role in regulating the body’s metabolic processes. Consequently, a dysfunctional thyroid disrupts and affects how other organs in the body function.
Ever since I was a teenager I have had an underactive thyroid and I recall my doctor showing me ghastly pictures of people with goitres which amused him. For many years I forgot about my underactive thyroid but I have recently been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s which I just won’t accept. To me my thyroid is an imbalance that I can manage naturally and which I have chosen to do while still having blood tests to monitor how it is going.
The doctor originally had me taking thyroxine but not wanting a chemical remedy I visited my naturopath who prescribed the herb ashwaganda along with ginseng. It has worked perfectly to keep things in check. And now I have gone one step further and am buying organic herbs specifically for the thryroid along with Ashwaganda.
Here are 10 herbs that are thought to be beneficial for the thyroid:
1. Licorice: Licorice helps maintain balance among different glands in the body and is often the preferred choice among thyroid patients who suffer from fatigue, as it helps improve their energy levels.
2. Flaxseed: Flaxseed is a good source of essential fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to be good for thyroid health. A study conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center found that consuming foods rich in Omega-3 can help boost the production of thyroid hormones, reducing one’s susceptibility to hypothyroidism.
3. Lemon Balm: This wonderful herb is considered to be beneficial for the thyroid glands. In fact, research shows that this herb helps normalize the activities of an overactive thyroid, reducing the production of thyroid hormones, easing the symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism.
4. Echinacea: This popular herb, used to boost the immune system, is considered to be beneficial among those suffering from hyperthyroidism. In fact, it is often the go-to herb for well-known herbalist Kerry Bone, who has seen positive effects among those of his patients with autoimmune conditions who were prescribed echinacea root.
5. Bugle: A 2013 study assessed the effects and safety of bugle extract in tablet or liquid form on 403 patients who were diagnosed with mild hyperthyroidism.
6. Ashwagandha: Packed with antioxidant properties, this herb is popularly believed to have a direct effect on the thyroid by producing just the right amount of hormones. Ashwagandha also helps the body fight stress by improving the immune system. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
7. Black Walnut: A rich source of iodine, research shows that this mineral is an essential nutrient, playing a vital role in optimizing the health and functioning of the thyroid glands. Insufficient amounts of iodine can lead to a number of conditions, including chronic fatigue, depression, mental impairment, and goiters.
8. Bacopa: Studies conducted on the herb have found that bacopa is able to stimulate the thyroid, enabling it to effectively fight hypothyroidism. It has been found to regulate thyroid hormone concentrations by as much as 41% without any unpleasant reactions.
9. Eleuthero, Siberian Ginseng: Eleuthero is considered to be a wonder herb for people suffering from a thyroid dysfunction, namely hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Substances found that this potent herb assists and promotes the normal functioning of the thymus and the adrenal glands.
10. Bladderwrack: Though this algae or seaweed works well on patients with hypothyroidism, bladderwrack is considered to be an essential herb for many health conditions. The herb contains high levels of natural iodine, which has been found to stimulate the thyroid gland. It also contains substances that help restore the normal functioning of the thyroid gland, reducing the size of thyroid goiters