It’s estimated that over 90% of people who have low thyroid function also suffer from immune imbalances and chronic inflammation. Taking a thyroid hormone replacement alone will do nothing to improve these underlying factors.
On your journey to healing your thyroid, restoring immune function and reducing inflammation need to be at the top of your list.
Adding supplements to your regimen can be incredibly helpful in supporting your health goals.
Reduce thyroid inflammation and balance immune function with help from these 5 supplements
Balancing inflammatory and anti-inflammatory systems relies heavily on your nutrition. A good nutrition plan should include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (FA), which help support the balance of inflammatory and anti-inflammatory molecules in the right proportions. Omega-3 and certain omega-6 FA lay the foundation for anti-inflammatory processes, while most omega-6 FA are antecedents to inflammatory molecules that help protect against infection and injury within the body.
Today’s Western diets are deficient in omega-3s and excessively high in omega-6s. Most Americans average a 15–20:1 omega-6/omega-3 ratio. These numbers are in contrast to less Westernized countries that report a 4:1 omega-6/omega-3 ratio. Increasing your omega-3 FA intake by taking flax oil and fish oil and reducing processed foods in your diet will help improve this imbalance and lower your risk of developing inflammatory diseases.
Another supplement that helps reduce inflammation in the body is curcumin. Commonly found in turmeric, curcumin is typically consumed in concentrate form. Curcumin has been shown to reduce chronic inflammation and oxidative stress by inhibiting pro-inflammatory pathways.
3. Black Seed Cumin Oil
Black seed cumin oil is extremely useful because it contains a powerhouse anti-inflammatory component called thymoquinone. Studies have shown thymoquinone helps:
- reduce inflammation
- reduce oxidative-stress
- regulate the health of cells
Resveratrol helps the body reduce inflammation as well as support insulin response within the body. Resveratrol can be found in the skins of red grapes and subsequently red wine, though it is extremely difficult (and unhealthy) to consume enough red wine to see the therapeutic benefits. Many individuals have experienced symptom relief from supplementing resveratrol.
5. Vitamin D
Vitamin D plays a critical role in regulating the body’s immune system, which can affect inflammation, immune balance, and thyroid health.
Research has found that many individuals suffering from autoimmune disorders experienced improved symptoms when adding vitamin D supplementation to their treatment plans.
A few important notes before you begin.
It’s important to note that not all supplements you find are the same quality. Make sure you purchase therapeutic grade supplements which have been thoroughly tested for purity and effectiveness. Furthermore, taking supplements can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing, so it is best to begin supplementation under the care of a skilled functional medicine provider who can ensure you are taking the right amounts for your specific health needs.