5 Top Foods for Thyroid Health (Video)

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In this video, I share my five favorite foods that support healthy thyroid function.


The thyroid and the heart and intimately intertwined and I should know. I’m a board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Jack Wolfson, and I want to tell you about certain foods that are critical for healthy thyroid function.

First and foremost, number one, get lots of iodine. And you can get the iodine from eating sea vegetables. So, wakame, nori, dulce, kelp, those are all excellent sources of iodine so get those in to your body today.

Shellfish is another great source of iodine, including certainly shrimp would be one of those options.

And taking me to shrimp would also be number two in eating those shellfish and stuff like that where you get a tremendous source of selenium. And selenium is essential for thyroid function, the formation of thyroid hormone. Another great source of selenium is Brazil Nuts. So, eat the Brazil Nuts, make the Brazil Nut milk, and go ahead and eat those oysters and clams and shrimp.

Also, number three, you want to make sure you are getting quality tyrosine foods. Tyrosine is an amino acid that helps to build up the thyroid and tyrosine you get from eating animal products. You get it from eating organs such a liver, and kidney, and heart and of course the thyroid gland itself. So, that may be another recommendation is actually that eating thyroid gland from a quality, free-range, grass fed animal like our ancestors did for millions of years they ate the organ meats, not the muscle meats and ground beef and filet. We were eating the organs and animals in the wild still eat the organs in preference to the other parts of the animal.

The other thing next would be an avocado. Avocado is loaded with vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium. All these things help thyroid function. You need a lot of magnesium and potassium to help drive the formation of thyroxin is T4, the conversion into T3, the utilization of T3 on the periphery so thyroid hormone can be used.

And that takes me to my next point where I would say that fish would be number five on this list if I’m going in order here. I’m just kind of on a rant.

But fish would be another great source of Omega 3. So, eating sardines, anchovies, wild salmon. Loading up on those foods that are so high in Omega 3 and Omegas 3s are critical for the function of the cell membrane, and the formation of the cell membrane so if you have a healthy cell membrane in that thyroid, that thyroid can receive information coming in appropriately, and then send out information to the body when you have good amounts of Omega 3 DHA that you get from eating seafood.

So, those are my recommendations regarding foods that are so important for thyroid and heart health.

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