Which supplements do you recommend?
As a pharmacist, I’m picky about my supplements. Some may have allergenic fillers; some are poorly absorbed, and others don’t have what they say the do. When looking for a supplement, be sure to pick one that is gluten and dairy free.
There are many excellent supplement companies; my favorite brand is the professional only line Pure Encapsulations. They have very tight quality control standards, so you know that the product you are getting isn’t free of fillers that may delay absorption and are free of gluten, dairy, and in most cases, soy. I have set up an E-store with them and maintain a list of recommended supplements. You can learn more about this brand of supplements on the Pure Encapsulations website.
You have a large number of supplements on your website. Do you recommend that everyone with Hashimoto’s should start taking all of them?
By all means no! Not everyone will need every single supplement! In fact, I believe that most nutrients should come from the diet, this is why I always list food sources for most of the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics that are depleted in Hashimoto’s in the book and on the blog. However, some may require/prefer supplements and the supplements on the website are a resource for those that do. I recommend getting tested for deficiencies to determine your need for a supplement, as instructed on the book and blog. I also don’t recommend starting multiple supplements all at once. I recommend starting one at a time and then adding another a week or so later, once it has been confirmed that the first supplement is not causing any harm.
Why do you recommend a Selenium supplement instead of Brazil nuts?
Selenium appears to be a supplement with a narrow therapeutic index. A minimum dose of 200 mcg was required to reduce TPO antibodies in clinical trials (100 mcg did not have an effect), and Selenium can be toxic at doses >800 mcg. The daily Selenium dose for adults should be between 200mcg and 400 mcg daily.
The Selenium content of Brazil nuts is determined by the soil where the nuts are grown and can vary 10 fold, depending on the origin of the nuts. Brazil nuts can have between 50-500 mcg of Selenium per ounce of nuts, so unless a lab has analyzed the micronutrients, you don’t know if you are getting enough or too much Selenium.
Additionally, many people with Hashimoto’s may have multiple protein sensitivities and may be sensitive to Brazil nuts.
Can’t I just take a good multivitamin with Iron, Selenium, Zinc, and Copper?
As a pharmacist, my concern with multivitamins is that they throw everything together in one batch, so the absorption of the nutrients can’t be guaranteed. Some vitamins are best absorbed on an empty stomach; others require food, an acidic environment, etc. Additionally, different minerals can inhibit each other’s absorption.
What’s your opinion about seaweed? Is it a good idea to take Chlorella or Spirulina to cleanse your body if you suffer from Hashi’s? Because I have read that you mustn’t consume any Iodine if you have Hashi’s because it can damage your thyroid even more.
Spirulina and Chlorella have immune stimulating properties, can worsen autoimmunity and even cause new onset autoimmunity. Additionally, the Iodine is problematic and can cause further thyroid damage. So I am not comfortable recommending them. Instead, for cleansing, you can do green juicing with a Root Cause Green Smoothie.
Do you recommend Spirulina/Seaweed/Kelp for cleansing?
I do not recommend any of the above for those with active Hashimoto’s, due to their high content of Iodine and their propensity to modulate the immune system. Spirulina, in particular, has been associated with new onset autoimmune conditions. Additionally, excess Iodine can perpetuate/worsen the autoimmune attack in Hashimoto’s and lead to additional thyroid cell destruction.
Do you recommend eating kelp, dulse, Spirulina, Chlorella or seaweed?
I do not recommend any of these for Hashimoto’s due to potential immune modulating properties and because of the high Iodine content, which can be problematic and can cause further thyroid damage.
Is Anatabloc helpful for Hashimoto’s? If I start taking Anatabloc, do I have to take it for life? Or how long?
Anatabloc blocks inflammation and is effective at reducing thyroid antibodies and damage to the thyroid. However, Anatabloc blocks the inflammation only as long as someone is taking it. At the same time as taking Anatabloc, I recommend working to reduce inflammation; otherwise, it will just come back up when you stop taking the Anatabloc. As inflammation and gut issues can take a long time to change, taking Anatabloc may be helpful in preventing further damage while you work to fix the inflammation!
Is Betaine with Pepsin okay if I have a beet sensitivity?
While some companies source their betaine from beets, the Rootcology brand of Betaine is synthetic and is not sourced from beets. Patients sensitive to beets will be able to tolerate the Betaine HCl Pepsin. Synthetically derived ingredients can be made to be bio-identical (acting in the body identically to naturally derived compounds). This limits the potential for allergy/sensitivity in the highly sensitive customer population.
Would you recommend taking Saccharomyces Boulardii in addition to a super dose of probiotics?
I often do recommend combining them. One is a beneficial yeast, one a beneficial bacteria. They work in synergy.
Which supplements do you recommend for Hashimoto’s?
I recommend high-quality supplements that are tested for purity and content and that are free of gluten, dairy, soy, pesticides, and toxins.
I really like Rootcology and the Pure Encapsulations brand. Other high-quality brands I know and use are:
- Designs for Health
- NOW Foods
- Vital Nutrients
- Douglas Labs
- Allergy Research Group
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Click here to view Protocol-specific supplements for Hashimoto’s.
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