Selenium And Thyroid Health

The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck that produces hormones that regulate metabolism. Thyroid problems are common, and one of the most important nutrients for thyroid health is selenium.

Selenium is a trace mineral that is required for the normal functioning of the thyroid gland. Your body doesn’t make selenium, so the only way you can get it is through food and/or supplements. This mineral is essential for the production of thyroid hormones, which are crucial for regulating metabolism and are necessary for growth and development.

Selenium plays a crucial role in thyroid health because it is a key component of several important enzymes that convert inactive thyroid hormone (T4) into active thyroid hormone (T3). These enzymes are involved in the conversion of T4 to T3 in various parts of the body, and without adequate selenium, the conversion process may not occur properly, leading to thyroid problems.

Additionally, selenium is an important antioxidant that protects thyroid cells from oxidative damage. Studies have shown that selenium can reduce the damage caused by free radicals, which can cause inflammation and damage to the thyroid gland.

Research has also found that selenium supplementation can help improve thyroid function in people with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), and Graves’ disease, and autoimmune thyroiditis, a condition in which the body mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland. Selenium has been shown to reduce inflammation and reduce levels of thyroid antibodies, which can lower the risk of further damage to the thyroid gland.

In conclusion, selenium plays a critical role in thyroid health by supporting the production of thyroid hormones and protecting thyroid cells from oxidative damage. If you’re experiencing thyroid problems, it’s important to ensure that you’re getting adequate amounts of selenium in your diet. Selenium-rich foods include:

  • Brazil nuts (just 2 a day!)
  • seafood
  • meat
  • eggs
  • dairy
  • grains

Selenium supplements are also available.

We also offer several therapies that include selenium. Schedule an appointment with us and we will discuss the perfect therapy for your needs!

Mandi

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