According to the latest statistics, 30-40% of the population globally is experiencing some of the thyroid disorders. The leading cause is our immune system. It is believed that the leading cause behind most of the thyroid cases is Hashimoto’s disease – an autoimmune condition when the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is an important part of your overall health system. Few nutrient rich foods can boost your thyroid health in many ways. These foods are:
Brazil Nuts – A handful of brazil nuts, around 6 to 7 nuts, contains more than the daily recommended value of selenium. Selenium is most probably the most important mineral affecting the functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a powerhouse of selenium by weight if compared to any other human organ. Brazil nuts also contain zinc – another important nutrient for your thyroid. Its deficiency can lead to hypothyroidism.
Seaweed – Seaweed contains a large amount of iodine – an important nutrient that helps in the production of thyroid hormones. People who avoid eating iodized salt or follow salt restricted diet may become iodine deficient. Diets both low and high in iodine leads to hypothyroidism. That is why it is recommended to eat seaweed but this is probably only true for people who are iodine deficient. However, iodine intake completely depends on the condition of the patient.
Garlic – Garlic is considered to be thyroid friendly as it supports blood sugar metabolism and can help fight inflammation. Those with hypothyroid conditions frequently have elevated cholesterol levels, so in such situations, garlic can help a lot. On the other hand, those with hyperthyroid conditions are more susceptible to cardiovascular complications, so garlic can have a positive effect. Autoimmune thyroid conditions involve pro-inflammatory cytokines and garlic can help inhibit them.
Lentils – Lentils are the greatest source of plant-based protein and are also a rich source of fiber. Copper, zinc and iron are the essential nutrients that are required by the thyroid gland to function properly. Lentils are considered to be the best food that support thyroid health because they contain adequate levels of the required minerals. At the same time, lentils also provide your body with healthy complex carbohydrates needed for satiety and energy.
The thyroid gland is always in search for nutrients to keep functioning properly. The aforementioned foods are in themselves the powerhouse of nutrients. I you include these nutrient-rich foods in your daily diet, then you might be on your way to supporting your body in managing a thyroid condition.
At Thyroid Surgery UAE, part of Al Zahra Hospital Dubai, we transform the care for every thyroid and parathyroid patient who is being treated at our hospital.