Hi, I have recently been recommended Bacopa Monnieri by a nutritional therapist I'm seeing privately. She recommended this supplement for memory problems and general brain health. I was wondering if anyone has tried it or has any advice. I took one a day, as recommended in the morning after breakfast for a few days but noticed it made me feel exhausted, so I have stopped taking it. I have been very well for this past year and don't want to do anything that's going to undo all the good work. Im currently on 125mcg thyroxine and 15mcg T3. I'm also taking multivitamins, probiotics, omega 3 and vitamin D. I still have brain fog and would have liked something to support brain function that would agree with my thyroid meds.
Bacopa Monnieri : Hi, I have recently been... - Thyroid UK
Thyroid disorders: Bacopa might increase levels of thyroid hormone. Bacopa should be used cautiously or avoided if you have a thyroid condition or take thyroid hormone medications.
Do you know if you have Hashimoto's (autoimmune thyroid disease) diagnosed by high TPO and/or TG antibodies?
You need to test B12 and folate, vitamin D and ferritin
Add results and ranges if you have them
Low B12 can cause brain fog. So can gluten, and it's common for Hashimoto's patients to be gluten intolerant
Multivitamins are not usually recommended on here, most have iodine in and that's best avoided with Hashimoto's
greygoose has info on multivitamins
You shouldn't be taking a multivitamin for all sorts of reasons.
* If your multi contains iron, it will block the absorption of all the vitamins - you won't absorb a single one! Iron should be taken at least two hours away from any other supplement except vit C, which is necessary to aid absorption of iron, and protect the stomach.
* If your multi also contains calcium, the iron and calcium will bind together and you won't be able to absorb either of them.
* Multi's often contain things you shouldn't take or don't need : calcium, iodine, copper. These things should be tested before supplementing.
* Multi's often contain the cheapest, least absorbable form of the supplement : magnesium oxide, instead of magnesium citrate or one of the other good forms; cyanocobalamin instead of methylcobalamin; folic acid instead of methylfolate; etc. etc. etc.
* Multi's do not contain enough of anything to help a true deficiency, even if you could absorb them.
With a multivitamin, you are just throwing your money down the drain, at best, and doing actual harm at worst. Far better to get tested for vit D, vit B12, folate and ferritin, and build up your supplementation program based on the results.
Thanks for this info greygoose and SlowDragon.
I had my antibodies checked and I don't have Hashimoto's. My test results are as follows:
B12 - 284 (range 140 - 724)
Folate - 8.36 (2.91 - 50.0)
Ferritin 80 (13 - 300)
Vit D 72.5 (50 - 200).
I've been on vit D supplements (Fultium-D3) 2 a day for couple years (prescription).
Multivitamins, unless carefully evaluated to be sure what you don't need is not included, can often be a grab bag of supplements and dosages, some of which can do thyroid patients more harm than good. The only exception that I would feel comfortable with is a good B complex. Even these have to be evaluated before choosing . Otherwise my rule is never buy combined minerals/supplements/vitamins. The Pharma co is combining for the masses and is probably using the cheapest ingredients to maximize profits. So read labels carefully to see what you are buying. And try to avoid fat-soluble vitamins packaged in soybean oil.