It is necessary to bring in a variety of foods in order to provide all the needed vitamins and minerals for maintaining good health. However, if you suffer from a thyroid disorder, and you take levothyroxine it’s very important to consume certain vitamins that will keep your thyroid and overall health in control.
9 Vitamins That Are Vital If You Suffer From Hypothyroidism
- Vitamin A( not beta-carotene)
Vitamin A has many forms one of them is beta-carotene. A hypoactive thyroid cannot successfully transfer carotene to the active form of vitamin A. For the proper use of vitamin A, proteins are necessary, and due to their deficiency, you will develop vitamin A deficiency. If you have a deficiency of vitamin A, your capability to create TSH is restricted. This vitamin is also required to change T4 into T3. You should pay attention to the type of vitamin A your body needs, and in this case, it is retinol and not beta-carotene.
The deficiency of vitamin B2 slows down the function of the thyroid gland, and consequently, the adrenal and thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of their hormones.
Vitamin B1 is especially required if you have a hyperactive thyroid function. But, B1 deficiency is rarely discovered in people who have hypothyroidism.
If you lack this vitamin, the thyroid gland cannot use the iodine to produce thyroid hormones. Weakness in the muscles is a very common symptom of hypothyroidism and very often it is caused by B6 deficiency.
This vitamin is necessary for all cells of the organism (as well as the thyroid gland) so they can function properly.
If you have underactive thyroid function or your thyroid is removed you can’t absorb this vitamin. Severe deficiency of vitamin B12 can cause depression, a variety of neurological diseases, unpleasant muscle pain, loss of appetite, problems with concentration, hair, and skin (eczema, dermatitis).
Selenium helps the conversion of T4 into the T3 hormone, which is active on the periphery. In the absence of this mineral, the level of T3 in the organism is reduced, which is expressed as hypothyroidism. For now, the best recommendation is to use foods that naturally contain selenium in regular and varied nutrition. These are Brazilian nuts, cod, shrimp, tuna, salmon, chicken, eggs, mushrooms, lamb and turkey meat.
Studies have shown that equally hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism lead to the lack of zinc. Zinc also improves your immune system and the ability to fight infections. Zinc is required to change T4 into T3, and it is that is why your body needs it.
Note: Before you start supplementing yourself with these vitamins and minerals please consult your endocrinologist for the proper dosage. Also, make sure your diet is healthy and diverse.