Hello everyone. 2 questions

1. Has anyone tried taking a so called thyroid supplement available online in numerous places?

For example Higher Nature Thyroid Support Formula or Thyroid Support Supplement which can be purchased online.

2. I am seeing an endocrinologist in a week or so, which key nutritional supplements should I get them to test. My current draft list is vitamin D, iron, ferritin, B12, selenium,

I'd be interested in your views on these. Thanks

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  • The nutritional question is complicated any of the amino acids, vitamins, minerals that are associated with the production and utilization of thyroid hormones can be a problem. I would however check iodine, also make sure you get an antibody test. Raised antibodies suggests an autoimmune component which often responds well to dietary change.

  • If they have not been done ......Suggest you ask GP to check levels of vitamin d, b12, folate and ferratin. These all need to at good (not just average) levels for thyroid hormones (our own or replacement ones) to work in our cells.

    Also have you had thyroid antibodies checked? There are two sorts TPO Ab and TG Ab. (Thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin) Both need checking, if either, or both are high this means autoimmune thyroid - called Hashimoto's, the most common cause in UK of being hypo.

    NHS rarely checks TPO and almost never checks TG. NHS believes it is impossible to have negative TPO and raised TG. It's rare, but not impossible, there are a few members on here that have this.

    Make sure you get the actual figures from tests (including ranges - figures in brackets). You are entitled to copies of your own results. Some surgeries make nominal charge for printing out. Alternatively you can now ask for online access to your own medical records. Though not all surgeries can do this yet, or may not have blood test results available yet online

    When you get results suggest you make a new post on here and members can offer advice on any vitamin supplements needed

    If you can not get GP to do these tests, then like many of us, you can get them done privately

    Blue Horizon - Thyroid plus eleven tests all these.

    This is an easy to do fingerprick test you do at home, post back and they email results to you couple of days later.

    Usual advice on ALL thyroid tests, (home one or on NHS) is to do early in morning, ideally before 9am. No food or drink beforehand (other than water) If you are taking Levo, then don't take it in 24 hours before (take straight after). This way your tests are always consistent, and it will show highest TSH, and as this is mainly all the medics decide dose on, best idea is to keep result as high as possible

    If you have Hashimoto's then you may find adopting 100% gluten free diet can help reduce symptoms, and lower antibodies too.

    Assume you know that Levo generally should be taken on empty stomach and no food or drink for at least hour after. Many take on waking, some prefer bedtime, either as more convenient or perhaps more effective. No other medications at same time, especially iron or magnesium, these must be at least 4 hours away

    Best advice is to read as much as you can. Vitamin and minerals levels are very important, but sadly standard NHS thinking, doesn't at the moment seem to recognise this.

    You will see, time and time again on here lots of information and advice about importance of good levels of B12, folate, ferritin and vitamin D, leaky gut and gluten connection to autoimmune Hashimoto's too.

  • Hi I have and I am afraid they didn't help much despite taking for over a year. One I took had iodine in which made me really sick. I've had to take supplements separate for my body to absorb them properly.

  • Ingredients of several thyroid supplement products are among others bovine or porcine thyroid gland. When analyzed nine out of ten contained hormones. BUT this must be kept secret in order to avoid drug administrative restrictions

    Much like "Thyro Gold" often spoken of here

  • I wouldn't take them if you actually have a thyroid problem or antibodies as most of them contain iodine and other stimulants which can make diseases like hashis worse. If you want to spend money go for a glandular like Thyrogold or Nutrimeds Bovine Thyroid and Porcine Thyroid. But NDT from Thailand is probaly cheaper and has known amounts of hormone.

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