The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland of the endocrine system that produces and releases hormones in the bloodstream. Iodine from the food you consume is used by the thyroid gland to create two key hormones: T3 and T4. TSH Releasing Hormone (TSH-RH), which is produced by the hypothalamus, alerts the pituitary to instruct the thyroid gland to generate varying levels of T3 and T4 by either increasing or lowering the production of these hormones. T3 has a role in your metabolic rate and bone health, and it especially helps brain, heart, and digestive function. T4 contributes to body temperature, metabolism and mood.
One of the necessary components for healthy human growth and development is iodine. Since the thyroid is highly dependent upon iodine for hormone production, it’s important to supplement accordingly if you have an imbalance in TSH levels. The thyroid system can be reset at various serum TSH levels with only minor changes in iodine consumption. (1)
Aside from Hashimoto’s disease, the most common cause of hypothyroidism worldwide is iodine deficiency. Although an iodine deficiency is rare in the U.S. it can occur at any age. Major sources of iodine include: seafood, chicken, eggs, beef liver, and dairy. Opti-Thyroid+ contains 50 mcg of iodine which is just over 1/3 of the daily recommendation of iodine for adults.
Many thyroid supplements on the market contain what we believe is too much iodine for some, which can also have negative consequences, so while formulating Opti-thyroid+ we were purposely modest with our dosage of iodine for this reason.
The health of the thyroid is also dependent on selenium. Selenium is necessary for the thyroid’s antioxidant activity as well as the metabolism of thyroid hormones. The thyroid contains the highest amount of selenium of any organ in the body. Brazil nuts, seafood, and organ meats are highest in selenium. Opti-Throid+ contains over 100% of the daily recommendation of selenium for adults at 60 mcg.
A 2017 study found that in order to prevent thyroid disease as well as to preserve general overall health, it is essential to maintain adequate levels of selenium (selenostasis) through a balanced diet or, alternatively, by taking supplements. (2)
Research has found that supplementing selenium in patients with Hashimoto’s disease appears to enhance the activity of selenoproteins, which reduces local inflammatory responses, and reduces the formation of anti-TPO antibodies. (3)
An overactive thyroid may include symptoms including: increased heart rate, weight loss, thinning hair, and anxiety. An underactive thyroid may include: depression, under-active sweat glands, constipation, weight gain, fatigue, and dry skin. If you suspect your thyroid may be in need of help, the best way to know for sure is to get a blood test and consult your doctor. Opti-Thyroid+ can be a beneficial supplement to help your thyroid hormones balance out after determining your levels out of range.