14 Best Herbs for Thyroid Problems and Support for Healthy Thyroids

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3. Bugle

Sometimes called bugleweed, this herb is most effective in alleviating mild hyperthyroidism and might be able to gradually replace prescription medications such as methimazole. One study gave bugle to 403 subjects diagnosed with mild hyperthyroidism. Subject took an extract in either tablet or liquid form. Researchers noted that all subjects had significant improvement, both clinically and statistically, in their thyroid activity with no major side effects.

 

4. Bacopa

Studies show that this little known herb can stimulate the thyroid enough so that it can fight the effects of hypothyroidism. Bacopa has been found to help regulate the function of thyroid hormone concentration by as much as 41 percent. No side effects at all have been reported with use of this herb.

 

5. Bladderwrack

The super effective algae with a funny name. In addition to being super beneficial for those with hypothyroidism, this algae has high levels of natural iodine, which can help other conditions besides assist the thyroid. Bladderwrack has compounds that can help to restore the normal function of the thyroid, but it is known to reduce the size of goiters that are often found in those with thyroid problems. Bladderwrack is believed to be able to help prevent the development of thyroid disease because it stimulates the production of thyroid hormones. Although this algae or seaweed is often recommended to treat thyroid problems, very little is actually known about how it works. Recommended dosage is about 200mgs, but a doctor can help you decide what the perfect amount is for you.

 

6. Black Walnut

If you don’t care for seafood, or if you are vegetarian, then black walnut might be the answer you are looking for. Black walnut is the richest source of iodine next to seafood. Iodine is an essential nutrient that is vital to the health and proper functioning of the thyroid. In fact, research shows that low levels of iodine can lead to serious conditions in the body including depression, mental problems, chronic fatigue, and goiters.

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