14 Best Herbs for Thyroid Problems and Support for Healthy Thyroids

Healthy Diet. Flax Seeds

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11. Flaxseed

Flax is super rich in essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for cardiovascular, brain, and thyroid health. The University of Maryland Medical Center conducted a study in which they found that those who ate diets high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as flaxseed, can help to improve the production of thyroid hormones. Even if you don’t have a thyroid problem, consuming flaxseed, or flaxseed oil supplements, can help reduce the susceptibility towards hypothyroidism. All it takes is about 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds each day on an empty stomach, or one teaspoon of flaxseed oil.


12. Ashwagandha

This herb has potent antioxidant compounds that are believed to directly affect the thyroid by helping it produce exactly the right amount of hormones. In this way, ashwagandha can help the body fight stress by boosting the immune system. It also has anti-inflammatory compounds that are also beneficial. In one study performed in 2011, extract from this herb was able to stimulate thyroid activity and enhance the antiperoxidation of hepatic tissue.


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13. Licorice

Licorice can help maintain perfect balance among different glands in the body so that those who suffer from thyroid issues will have improved energy levels. The Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Texas were able to isolate synthetically derived constituents of a certain type of acid found in licorice. By doing this, researchers found that this acid (triterpenoids glycyrrhetinic acid) arrested the growth of very invasive thyroid cancer cells in a study performed and published in 2011. This study shows that this herb has the potential to be an effective means of treating thyroid cancer and/or other endocrine related problems.


14. Iodine

Although not an herb, iodine is crucial for the proper function of the thyroid gland. Iodine levels must be increased if your thyroid is underactive. There are plenty of supplements you can consume that will help with this. Alternately, you can eat certain foods or some of the herbs listed here to help replace iodine in your body. Foods that are rich in iodine include eggs, meat, fish, kelp, seaweed, and potatoes.

As we mentioned earlier, using one or more of these herbs can help to restore proper thyroid function, but they can carry some risks, which is why it is best to not self-treat your condition. Consult your physician or a natural endocrine doctor for optimal results.




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    Feb 24, 2017 at 12:19 am

  2. Jun Lao Herrera

    Sep 5, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    is onion not part of your list? i thought it can heal thyroid problems?