Thyroid Problems Kelp

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can taking too much iodine supplements cause an overactive thyroid?
    I take sea kelp and eat a lot of sea food and seaweed just wondering if too much can cause the thyroid to go in overdrive? I haven't heard of any drug induced thyroid problem before but I want to be on the safe side so I think I probably should cut down although if I don't than I gain weight coz I find sea kelp curbs my appetite for a while and helps with my weight.

    • ANSWER:
      If you haven't noticed any side effects then there is no problem.

      Kelp & seaweed also has bromide which displaces iodine.

      If there is too much thyroid hormone, every function of the body tends to speed up. Therefore, some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be nervousness, irritability, increased perspiration, heart racing, hand tremors, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, thinning of the skin, fine brittle hair, and muscular weakness especially in the upper arms and thighs.

  2. QUESTION:
    What can you tell me about the components of soybeans called isoflavones?
    On a molecular level, I've read that they're similar to the female sex hormone estrogen, so similar that they can bind to estrogen receptors in the body. I understand research is continuing, but I've developed a thyroid problem, yet I'm approaching the age of menopause, so I can't determine whether I should be limiting soy in my diet or boosting it.

    • ANSWER:
      From the research I've found on the web, it appears that studies have shown soybean products to be a problem ONLY in humans who were iodine deficient.

      Iodized salt is the primary food source of iodine, however Iodine is also widely available in seafood; and the vegetable Kelp.

      A deficiency in iodine alone can cause thyroid problems. This is a particularly interesting article.
      http://www.qfac.com/articles/august/iodine.html

      There seems to be a lot of information on the link between iodine, thyroid, menopause and soy. If you google all 4 together you will have plenty of information available to browse through.

      I'm sure your doctor will be able to advise you further.

      Why do people give you a thumbs down for a well-answered question?

  3. QUESTION:
    Could being a vegetarian could affect inheriting a thyroid problem?
    I've been a vegetarian since my 19th birthday 8 months ago. I know symptoms don't show until around the 30's but i'm curious to know if i'm affecting my chances. My mother has thyroid problems and has been taking medication for nearly 30 years. Her mother also had thyroid problems.

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure you get adequate iodine in your diet. Perhaps kelp or other seaweed based foods or supplements. Also consider Iodoral. Google iodine and thyroid together and research it.

      Being a vegetarian should not contribute to thyroid problems although those who eat seafood will get more iodine in their diet.

  4. QUESTION:
    coconut oil pills are good to loose weight?
    are they good to loose weight? i have a thyroid problem which is very hard for me to loose weight. im going to travel and i would like to look a little better :) thank you for your time .

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear about your thyroid problem...that just means you'll have to keep exercising and don't make excuses like some people do. On top of this, a supplement like kelp would do much better than a coconut oil supplement because kelp supports thyroid function. It's also cheaper.

  5. QUESTION:
    Will kelp really help with the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
    Can I take kelp pills if I'm already on medication?Will it help with my hypothyroidism?*Thanks
    Have you had any experience with it?
    I don't have a "goitre"..I was asking if it would relieve some of the symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      The Thyroid Foundation says not to, as does Mary Shoman (an expert in the field):

      "Is goitre due to lack of iodine in our diet? Should I eat kelp to get rid of this goitre?

      ANSWER:
      Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of goitre in the world but NOT in this country. We have had iodized salt for two generations, and there are many other sources of iodine now in our diets so that, if anything, we are receiving more iodine than in most places in the world. There is no point whatsoever in adding more iodine to the diet and that includes kelp, a form of seaweed high in iodine often sold in health food stores. The problem is that too much iodine is just as dangerous as too little iodine. Excess iodine can also cause goitres and can either cause a low thyroid state, (hypothyroidism) or excess output of thyroid (hyperthyroidism). It also aggravates Hashimoto's thyroiditis. In Canada it is a mistake to ingest kelp."

      Mary Shoman said:

      "While some herbalists and vitamin proponents recommend iodine tablets or kelp supplements (which are high in iodine) for people with thyroid problems, you need to be extremely careful about any decision to take iodine or kelp supplements if you are on thyroid hormone replacement therapy."

      Read more: http://thyroid.about.com/cs/drugdatabase/f/kelp.htm

      Hope that helps!

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