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14 Best Herbs for Thyroid Problems and Support for Healthy Thyroids
The thyroid is a very small gland found in the neck area that can certainly cause a great deal of trouble if it isn’t working properly. Size has nothing to do with the function of this gland. It may be small, but it performs a powerhouse of functions, including:
- Regulation of heart and muscle activity
- Regulates the metabolism and turns food into energy
- Converts beat-carotene into vitamin A
- Repairs bones
- Transports electrolytes
- Cellular protein synthesis
- Regulates growth during childhood
- Regulates a woman’s monthly cycle
- Affects the mental process
- Helps to regulate sex drive and libido
There are many ways you can help to keep your thyroid active and healthy. Herbs are always a terrific option that should always be used first before dangerous and toxic pharmaceuticals are even considered.
For those who have autoimmune thyroid or other types of thyroid conditions, it’s good to know which herbs can be used to help the thyroid return to a more normal function. Of course, in addition to adding herbs to your diet, it is vital that it be combined with other healthy lifestyle changes including managing stress, limiting exposure to toxins, getting regular sleep and exercise, and eating a healthy diet, avoiding sugar and processed foods in order for herbs to really work their magic. Simply adding herbs to an unhealthy lifestyle will rarely give one the results they are seeking.
You don’t need to consume all of the herbs on this list. Some are best for those with hyperthyroidism, others for those with hypothyroid problems. Still others can be taken for either condition and others are meant to support those with healthy thyroids who want to keep them that way. It’s best to consult with your doctor or a natural healthcare professional before consuming any herbs, especially if you are taking prescription medications.
Now, let’s take a look at the top 14 herbs that are known to have an effect on the thyroid.
1. Siberian Ginseng
This herb works best for those who have an underactive thyroid. It helps to give the body energy, which makes it perfect for addressing the fatigue that often accompanies low thyroid function. Siberian ginseng is a gentle stimulant that will give you that boost of energy you want without the crash later on. Most people consume 200mgs per day, splitting the dose in two, taking 100mgs before breakfast and the second dose before lunch.
You might think of this herb as only for improving the immune system, but it is often recommended for those who suffer from hyperthyroidism. Experts have been giving their patients Echinacea root for more than 20 years to help alleviate autoimmune conditions and that they have experienced only positive results.
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