Thyroid disease is extremely common today. It’s estimated that 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid illness. Women are several more times likely to suffer from thyroid disease than are men; in fact 1 in 8 women will develop some sort of thyroid issue during her lifetime.
The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly and located at the base of your neck, about where you’d wear a bowtie. Its primary function is to release two hormones that are vital for metabolism, or how the body uses energy.
The thyroid is controlled by the brain; the hypothalamus releases a hormone which in turn tells the pituitary gland to release thyroid stimulating hormone, or TSH (this is one of the main hormones measured on blood tests to determine thyroid function).
TSH in turn stimulates the thyroid gland to release two hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These two hormones then act on nearly every single cell in the body to govern metabolism.
Put simply, when the thyroid is functioning too slowly, this is known as hypothyroidism. It’s estimated that 4.6 percent of the American population has hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is typically easy to diagnose and conventional treatment typically involves the use of thyroid replacement hormones. However, mainstream medicine rarely actually treats the thyroid gland directly - to ensure it functions properly so it can produce T3 and T4 in normal amounts.
There are several well-known nutrients that play a direct role in thyroid function - while it’s commonly known that iodine is vital for proper thyroid hormone, that doesn’t mean that everyone gets adequate amounts in their diet, even today.
Additionally, the synergistic effects of additional nutrients can assist the thyroid’s normal functioning.
One of our go-to combination nutritional products for ensuring optimal thyroid nutrition is Pure Encapsulation’s Thyroid Support Complex. It’s a combination of minerals, herbal extracts and vitamins that help to support and maintain healthy thyroid metabolism including thyroid hormone production.
Best Uses for Thyroid Support Complex
- Low functioning thyroid gland
Here’s How It Works:
Many times, a person’s thyroid gland may not be running optimally, yet according to tests they’ve had done, they don’t fit into the exact clinical definition of hypothyroidism. Blood tests used to diagnose hypothyroidism cover a wide range, and unfortunately many are left without a definitive diagnosis yet have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Thyroid Support Complex provides the nutrients the thyroid gland needs to function optimally, and those who don’t quite fit into the diagnostic criteria of hypothyroidism find this combination product to be extremely helpful for their common hypothyroid symptoms such as:
- Cold sensitivity; cold hands and feet
- Weight gain
- Slow thinking or “brain fog”
- Dry skin
- Dry, coarse hair
- Hair loss
Vitamins A, D, zinc and selenium are well associated with maintaining healthy thyroid cell metabolism including helping thyroid hormones T3 and T4 function optimally.
Iodine is solely used in the body by the thyroid gland, and along with the amino acid l-tyrosine they make up the foundational building blocks of thyroid hormones.
Forskolin is derived from the Chinese herb Coleus forskohliiwhich is known to support an enzymatic process in the metabolism of thyroid hormones.
Ashwagandha and guggul ( Commiphora mukul) have demonstrated properties for healthy thyroid function and turmeric ( Curcuma longa) helps limit free radicals that can damage the conversion of T4 into the more active T3 hormone.
Thyroid Support Complex is our go-to supportive product for helping people’s thyroid glands function as healthy as possible, without having to take supplemental thyroid hormones.
And, in many instances we’ve found that our clinical patients that do take supplemental thyroid hormones (Levothyroxine, Armour, Nature-Throid, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Liothyronine) can stabilize their dosage while taking Thyroid Support Complex at the same time.
If you suffer from hypothyroidism, or just slow thyroid function, consider adding Thyroid Support Complex to your regimen!