Even if you are very careful with the foods you eat, it can be difficult to ensure you are consistently getting the essential micronutrients required for optimal thyroid function and immune system health. In order to help you choose the right supplement, we are providing you with a few guidelines to select the right thyroid support supplement:
Carefully read supplement labels to ensure you are getting the right mix and amounts of micronutrients
Because the supplement industry in the United States is so poorly regulated, you can’t always trust any over-the-counter multi-vitamin to contain appropriate amounts of the nutrients you need. There are very few supplements specifically and carefully designed for thyroid patients. Remember, as a thyroid patient, you may need higher amounts of nutrients than non-thyroid patients to keep your immune system less reactive. Look for supplements that contain 2,500 IU of vitamin A as beta-carotene, 150 to 200 IU of Vitamin E, 200 mg of Magnesium, 50 to 100 mcg of Selenium, and 10 to 15 mg of Zinc. Dr. Arem has found that these nutrients are often quite low in over-the-counter multi-vitamins. B vitamins (including Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Pantothenic Acid) are also generally under-dosed. Similarly, avoid supplements that contain exorbitant amounts of certain micronutrients and minerals. It is all about balance, not too little, not too much. You also need to ensure your thyroid supplement contains many other crucial antioxidants and ingredients to support your immune system and keep your thyroid gland as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, most over-the-counter supplements do not contain some of these micronutrients so it is necessary to select a supplement that is complete and well balanced.
Select a supplement free of calcium and iron
Both Calcium and Iron interfere with thyroid medication absorption because they can form a complex that will essentially “wrap itself around” the thyroid hormone, preventing it from being absorbed. This is a problem for hypothyroid patients as taking multivitamins with iron and/or calcium within 4 hours of taking thyroid hormone will result in less thyroid hormone being absorbed, consequently making it less effective. High amounts of calcium and iron mixed with precious micronutrients also have the negative effect of diluting out these micronutrients. It is best to take a high quality, multi-source calcium supplement such as Ultra Calcium D3 at least 4 hours after taking thyroid medicine.
If you suffer from MTHFR gene mutation, avoid Folic Acid and seek Quatrefolic instead
Quatrefolic is the most bioavailable form of Folate, meaning your body is better able to utilize it. Most people don’t realize the difference between folate and folic acid. Folate is found naturally in foods and utilized easily by the body, folic acid must be broken down by enzymes in your system. If those enzymes do not work properly, you won’t be getting the full value of the folic acid in your supplement. MTHFR gene mutation causes the production of defective forms of the enzymes that break down folic acid, and seems to occur more frequently in thyroid patients. A good form of folate is important for lowering homocysteine levels in the blood, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Select a thyroid supplement that contains vitamin K2
Vitamin K2 is an important nutrient for cardiovascular and bone health, both of which can be concerns for thyroid patients. Vitamin K2 is the most easily absorbed form of vitamin K and has the greatest benefits, including improved brain health and the capacity to help reduce body inflammation.
Ensure there is no gluten or lactose
Gluten and lactose sensitivity often occur in people with thyroid disorders. Even a small amount of gluten will agitate your immune system and make your thyroid gland become more unstable. Although many people know the sources of gluten and lactose in foods, they often don’t realize that some thyroid supplements, and even thyroid medicine pills, can contain them as well.
ThyroLife Optima, a high quality and balanced multi-vitamin thyroid support supplement created by world renowned thyroid specialist Dr. Ridha Arem is made up of a natural mix of precious ingredients and antioxidants that help achieve optimal thyroid wellness. ThyroLife Optima fulfills all the criteria laid out above and contains optimal amounts and ratios of its ingredients, carefully selected by Dr. Ridha Arem himself. It is part of his unique line of thyroid wellness supplements and thyroid supplements for weight loss.