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Thyroid Support (14 products)

 

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of your neck.

 

The function of the thyroid gland is to take iodine, found in many foods, and convert it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). T3 and T4 are then released into the blood stream and are transported throughout the body where they control metabolism.

 

Thyroid hormones regulate vital body functions, including:

  • Breathing
  • Heart rate
  • Central and peripheral nervous systems
  • Body weight
  • Muscle strength
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Body temperature
  • Cholesterol levels

Too much or too little of these hormones can make you ill. When there is an imbalance of thyroid hormones in the body, medical tests and examinations will need to be conducted to determine the reason behind the imbalance.

 

You might need thyroid tests if:

  • you have symptoms of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) or hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)

 

Symptoms of too much T3 and T4 in your body (hyperthyroidism):

  • Anxiety, irritability or moodiness, nervousness, hyperactivity, sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures, hand trembling, hair loss, missed menstrual periods.

 

Symptoms that may indicate too little T3 and T4 in your body (hypothyroidism):

  • Trouble sleeping, tiredness and fatigue, difficulty concentrating, dry skin and hair, depression, sensitivity to cold temperature, frequent, heavy periods, joint and muscle pain.

 

As you can see the health of the thyroid is essential in keeping many body processes working adequately. For the thyroid to function properly it needs certain nutrients such as tyrosine, iodine and selenium, needed for the synthesis of thyroid hormones.

 

Natural thyroid supplements will often contain a combination of nutrients, herbs and vitamins for thyroid support.

 

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