Selenium, the wonder supplement for thyroid

When it comes to the world of supplements there are a ton of them out there. Everyone has to be careful to make sure whatever supplement they try isn’t going to interfere with their medicines or their health conditions. Once you sort that out, there are quite a few to investigate.

One of the ones I see often recommended for thyroid patients is selenium. For those who have Graves disease, if your doctor clears you to take it, Selenium has been known to slow down or help with TED (thyroid eye disease). I’ve known of a few people who took this under a doctor’s care and managed to stop the progression of this entirely. It also helps the body to convert T4 hormone to T3 hormone which is needed for everyone, especially thyroid patients. Therefore it is also frequently recommended for those patients who are hypothyroid as well.

There are other benefits to selenium if you are able to take it. If you still have your thyroid it can help your thyroid work it’s best. It is an antioxidant, which means it helps protect your cells from damage. It can also help with cholesterol, increasing good cholesterol (HDL) and decreasing bad cholesterol (LDL). There are even studies that suggest it can help with dandruff.

Dr. Weil  recommends that you combine selenium with Vitamin E, as it has been shown that it can reduce inflammation in your body.  Good news for people with inflammation issues, like rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, or issues like Crohn’s disease.

Things to consider. According to WebMD, the safe upper limit for selenium is 400mcg a day. Most people who are able to take it tend to go in the 200mcg a day range. The RDA is around 50-70mcg. For adult females it is 55 mcg; adult males, 70 mcg.

Most healthy people in the US and Canada are not likely to be selenium deficient, but if you have autoimmune disease or other chronic illnesses you are more likely to be low or deficient in this mineral. If you are low it can affect thyroid function and can lead to muscle weakness and pain. Too much can lead to fatigue, gastrointestinal distress, hair loss, and white spots on the fingernails.

Do your homework and see if selenium is something that could help you. Many people report better balanced thyroid hormones when they take selenium on a daily basis. The antioxidant affects can help out a thyroid challenged person even more than a healthy person. Take a look at this little supplement and see if it is right for you.

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