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I Want To Take Spirulina But Am Afraid also

Hello, I am Hypothyroid, and am taking Thyroid supplement, but all my Hypothyroidism symptoms are still carrying on as usual. I read all the wonderful benefits of Spirulina, and that the best brand is Nutrex Hawaaii Spirulina Pacifica. I dearly want to take this, but am afraid also, as I also read some controversial reports that Spirulina contains of too much Iodine, which could cause the Thyroid gland in Hypothyroidism patients to become more dysfunctional and maybe even into Thyroid cancer. But I also read that Spirulina has immense benefits also. Can someone please advise me if I can take it or not, as my health is in very poor condition, and it could really benefit from something as versatile as Spirulina? I will be extremely grateful. Thanks everyone in advance.

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Spirulina is controversial, and I don't know if it's advisable to take it or not. But, whatever it's virtues, it can't replace thyroid hormone. So, perhaps it would be better to have an increase in your dose of thyroid hormone, rather than take the risk.

Do you have any lab results to show us? What are you taking, and how much?

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Thank you for your prompt reply to my question. I have been taking a Thyroid supplement called Eltroxin which is a synthetic Thyroid hormone, of dosage 100 mcg per day, on empty stomach. But I have not got my lab tests done since last 7 months. So I don't know how much my TSH, T3 and T4 hormones readings are. I do plan to get my TSH tested in July. I also have pre diabetes.

Sudha Rao

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That's a long time to wait. 100 mcg is not a huge dose, so you are probably under-medicated. Tests should be done six weeks after starting a dose.

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Thank you for your kind interest in replying to my queries. I have been on this Thyroid hormone tablet from last 21 years, however all my Hypothyroidism symptoms are in still in full flow. So I don't know if this particular tablet is working for me or not. I don't even have a proper Thyroid specialist to go to. The one I was going to from last 21 years recommended this tablet, and I am now skeptical of his abilities as once he recommended a wrong tablet which caused my TSH levels to shoot above maximum values. So I have stopped going to him now. And I don't know of any other good or better specialist.

Thanks again,

Regards,

Sudha Rao

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You can't really talk about thyroid hormone 'working' or 'not working', it's not aspirin. It will 'work' - i.e. make you well - if you take enough of it, and if you can convert it into T3. But, you won't know either if you don't get tested. :)

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