Foods for Thyroid Disease

Thyroid Foods

Foods that we eat play a role in production of Thyroid Hormones, excessive action of the thyroid gland can cause Graves’ Disease, while under activity can cause Myxedema.

Thyroid Gland
Thyroid Gland

 Foods that reduce Thyroid Function

  • Certain foods contain chemicals which block the production of thyroid hormone, particularly cabbage, broccoli, rutabaga, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, watercress, and peanuts. Cooking partially inactivates the interfering chemical, known medically as a Goitrogen. Thus, in most cases it is wise to eat these foods cooked. Raw peanuts or soybeans should never be eaten. Fortunately, peanut butter is heated to a high enough degree that the Goitrogens are destroyed.”
  • Milk is a major contributing factor to thyroid problems, especially since modern dairy products often contain traces of antibiotics such as penicillin and hormones which place an even greater burden on your endocrine system.
  • Soy. Soy is a Goitrogen known to depress thyroid functioning.
  • Sugar. At  high level of sugar intake, there is a risk of damaging or even destroying the adrenal and thyroid glands.

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