For a healthy thyroid gland, there are a few necessary foods to include in your daily diet, and key among them is iodine.
Iodine is an essential element that helps the thyroid gland produce thyroid hormones. Three iodine molecules are needed to make T3 (triiodothyronine), and four for T4 (thyroxine), the active hormones produced by the thyroid gland. Since iodine is so important for thyroid function, it means that your thyroid problem could actually be an iodine deficiency problem.
Garlic and Thyroid
Garlic does more than taste good, it’s very nutritious and contains several bioactive compounds. Garlic makes a very effective treatment for hyperthyroid conditions, due to the high levels of iodine.
How can taking garlic benefit people with thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions? Autoimmune thyroid conditions such as Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis involve pro-inflammatory cytokines. Garlic can help to inhibit these pro-inflammatory cytokines. Numerous studies demonstrate that garlic has a positive effect against pro-inflammatory cytokines. One study showed that the garlic derivative diallyl sulfide inhibited the production of cytokines by suppressing nitric oxide and prostaglandin E2 production in activated macrophages. How to take garlic for thyroid
The recommended dosage for adults is no more than one clove two or three times a day and that children have one quarter to one half a clove, once or twice a day.
Here are some more reasons to eat garlic:
- Garlic is full of antioxidants that fight cancer-causing free radicals
- Garlic contains allicin, which is an antioxidant that removes infectious pathogens from the skin – preventing acne
- Raw garlic can help control hypertension – again thanks to allicin
- Garlic contains sulfur compounds that shorten the life span of the common cold
- The anti-cancer properties of garlic can reduce the risk of lung cancer by nearly 50 percent for nonsmokers
- Garlic thins the blood and reduces the risk of blood clots
- Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties ease the pain of osteoarthritis