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These herbs provide natural support for your thyroid

by , 22 March 2018
These herbs provide natural support for your thyroid
According to statistics, up to 60% of people with thyroid problems aren't even aware of them. Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, is characterised by fatigue, depression and forgetfulness, while hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, presents symptoms of excess sweating, excessive hunger and heat intolerance.

If you think you may have a thyroid problem, here's some good news: There are many herbal thyroid boosters that can help regulate your thyroid gland. These herbs may not directly balance your thyroid, but they will help alleviate symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Check them out…

Six herbal remedies for people with thyroid problems

#1: Lemon balm
Researchers from the University of Maryland Medical Center say 300 mg to 500 mg of lemon balm three times per day can help normalise an overactive thyroid. You can also steep this herb in hot water to make a delicious tea.
 
#2: Black walnut
Iodine deficiency can contribute to hypothyroidism as iodine is a key nutrient that the thyroid uses to produce its hormone. Because the body doesn’t produce iodine on its own, it needs to be consumed. Black walnut is an excellent source of dietary iodine.

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#3: Bugleweed
Bugleweed is a top herbal remedy for people with Grave’s disease, an autoimmune disease that happens to be the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. According to Dr Eric Osansky, bugleweed can help reduce the common symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
 
#4: Bacopa
Bacopa is popular in Ayurvedic medicine and is useful for promoting memory and mental focus while calming inflammation.
 
#5: Ashwaghanda
You might’ve read about ashwaghanda before – it’s one of the most common herbs used to give a sluggish thyroid a boost. This adaptogenic herb works by reducing inflammation in the thyroid gland and shaking up the immune system. It can also help relieve fatigue and lack of mental focus associated with hypothyroidism.

#6: Echinacea
Echinacea is well-known for its immune-boosting properties and also comes highly recommended by Dr Osansky.
 
To learn which nutrients can help balance an underactive thyroid, click here.

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