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The 9 Best Supplements for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis of 2017 (Updated): 9 Supplements Every Thyroid Patients Needs

Do you ever get confused with which supplements you should or shouldn't be taking? 

The truth is this:

There are some specific supplements which are VERY helpful to patients with Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism and there are a lot of others with a bunch of "hype" and no science or legitimacy backing their use. 

​Today I want to show you what I consider to be the Best Supplements for Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism, but more specifically... 

Why I like them. ​

​These supplements are the same ones I use on my private patients and they have scientific evidence backing them. 

Let's look at the facts and the science so you can get on the right track to feeling better and not only treating your Hahsimoto's but reverse it...

If you want the quick version here is the top supplements I recommend for patients with Hashimoto's in 2017 (keep reading for detailed information on why these are helpful)

More...

Not all Supplements are Created Equal

​This should go without saying, but not all supplements are created equal.

Unlike the pharmaceutical industry, the supplement industry is not regulated very well.

As a result some supplement companies have included sub par ingredients into their supplements (less biologically active ingredients) and in some cases do not even have the quantities that they claim on the package!

Supplement companies may be lying

​This can be frustrating for patients who don't understand this. 

They get cheap supplements from places like: GNC, Walmart, Target or Walgreens and they don't feel any different after taking them.

Then they feel like it's a waste of time and money.

And it is.

Unless you get HIGH quality ingredients from reputable high quality brands.

​When patients use HIGH quality supplements that are targeted to their nutritional deficiencies the results are very impressive. 

In this article I will talk about the high quality brands (the same ones I use in my office) and I will show you how to get them too.

That way there isn't any second guessing if they will work or not. ​

​Your supplements should be targeted to YOUR body and YOUR needs

​Before we jump into which supplements are the best and why, we need to talk about the approach that I take when recommending supplements. 

In general I don't recommend the shot gun approach.

That is:

Where you take supplements because your friend did or you read online that it helps with every condition under the sun.

Supplements can be very helpful, but they need to be used correctly.

I let a combination of the following guide my judgement when I make supplement recommendations to my patients:

  1. Literary Studies (Meaning have these supplements been shown or proven to actually help reverse disease)
  2. My own personal clinical experience (Meaning do the supplements ACTUALLY work - many supplements show promise in testing and in certain studies but they fall short in clinical practice)
  3. What I've seen works (Including the opinions of other experts and what I've personally seen/used)
  4. What other experts use and recommend​ (With so many supplements it's impossible to know and understand everything about them, but knowing what works with other patients and other providers is very helpful)

This approach makes targeted supplementation a VERY powerful ally when treating Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's. 

The "Basic" Supplements Every Hashimoto's Patient should Consider Using

​In my office I use a Comprehensive Functional Blood Chemistry Panel to find nutrient deficiencies in EACH patient. 

 This is the ideal approach. 

However, I've found that almost EVERY Hypothyroid patient can benefit from certain supplements.

This is because these nutrients are critical in proper thyroid function and help optimize the thyroid conversion process. ​

Let's talk about why I like each one and how it impacts thyroid health. ​

Strongest supplements for hashimotos thyroiditis

#1. Zinc

​Zinc happens to be one of the top 5 most common nutrient deficiencies that I see on a daily basis. 

There is a good chance that your zinc levels are low and supplementing can be tricky. 

​Not all brands of Zinc are absorbed equally. Zinc bound to picolinic acid has been shown to have superior absorption when compared to other forms. 

For this reason I recommend Zinc in this form.  

Having said that I have seen some improvement with Zinc bound to Citrate, however I find that Zinc bound to picolinic acid to be superior in most cases. ​

Why it's good for thyroid health

Zinc helps thyroid function in multiple ways:

  • Boosts T4 to T3 conversion
  • Lowers inflammation and acts as an anti inflammatory
  • Balances the immune system
  • Reduces free radicals while acting as an anti-oxidant

How to Supplemnt with Zinc

Review of: Zinc 30
Why I like it

High Quality and Very Effective

Affordable Pricing

Great Absorption

No Allergenic Fillers

How to Use

  • 1-2x per day (No more than 60mg per day)
  • Split dose and take 1 in am and 1 in pm
  • Take with Meals
My Recommended Brand and Product
zinc 30 pure encapsulations

#2. Selenium

Selenium is another fantastic nutrient and supplement for those with Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's.

Selenium has been shown to reduce inflammation and antibody levels in patients with Hashimoto's, and this is important whether your antibody levels are elevated or not.

Thyroid diet 4 week plan side bar

Why?

Because it is estimated that about 90% of patients with Hypothyroidism also have an autoimmune or thyroiditis component, even if antibody levels are negative.

​That means there is a good chance that your hypothyroidism is caused by an autoimmune disease. 

​Which means Selenium will be especially helpful for you...

Why it's good for thyroid health

​Selenium can help thyroid function in the following ways:

How to Supplement with Selenium

Review of: Selenium
Why I like it

High Quality and Very Effective

Affordable Pricing

Great Absorption

No Allergenic Fillers

How to Use

  • 1-2x per day (No more than 400mcg per day)
  • Split dose and take 1 in am and 1 in pm
  • Take with Meals
My Recommended Brand and Product
Selenium pure encapsulations

#3. Adrenal Support

​After testing Hundreds of Hypothyroid and Hashimoto's patients I've never found a patient that didn't also have Adrenal related problems. 

The degree of adrenal fatigue may vary from mild to severe, but almost every patient has it to some degree.

For this reason I recommend that Adrenal Support be a part of most Hypothyroid (including autoimmune thyroiditis) treatment plans. 

Why it's good for thyroid health

The Adrenals and Thyroid function are intricately linked.

As TSH levels increase, cortisol levels increase as well.

Thyroid and cortisol levels are linked

Your body uses a combination of Cortisol and Thyroid hormone to control metabolism and energy production. 

When one system isn't working as intended the other increases to pick up the slack.

In the case of Hypothyroidism, the cortisol increases to keep pace while thyroid hormone is low.

Unfortunately this can't and won't last forever.

When your adrenals "poop" out, you get the signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Feeling "wired but tired"
  • Cravings for Sugar and Salt
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety and inability to "shut off" your brain

​Because almost everyone can relate with one or more of the following symptoms I recommend treatment for Adrenal fatigue in most Hypothyroid patients. 

​There are two ways to treat the adrenals:

1. Using Adrenal Glandulars

I find glandulars to be more effective in patients with extreme adrenal fatigue. They seem to cause an immediate boost to energy, while supplying critical nutrients to help the adrenals repair themselves. 

*Note that my preferred Adrenal Supplement is a Glandular. I find that this works the best in the patients that I have treated. 

2. Using Adrenal Adaptogens​

Adrenal adaptogens help the body tolerate day to day stress levels. I find these may be necessary to use in combination with Glandulars, and in some patients I prefer a combination of the two. ​

3. Using Phosphatidylserine

​Phosphatidylserine can help attenuate cortisol levels in patients with HIGH serum am cortisol (or elevated salivary/urinary levels). 

This supplement should be used if you have HIGH cortisol levels. 

Patients with high cortisol tend to experience heart palpitations or a racing heart late at night (usually around 2-3pm). ​

How to Supplement with Adrenal Support
Why I like it

May boost energy and well being

Almost ALL hypothyroid patients have adrenal problems

May help boost immune function

Most patients experience improvement in 1-2 months

How to tell if you Need it

I don't always recommend testing for cortisol levels prior to treatment in every patient but if you do I recommend checking the following:

  • Serum Cortisol - AM cortisol should be between 14-16, anything less may be a problem (note: normal serum level doesn't rule out adrenal fatigue)
  • Urinary cortisol and cortisone x4 - I recommend using DUTCH testing (you can see an example of the report below)
Increased cortisol causes weight gain
How to Use

  • 1-2 Tablets per day if using Glandulars (preferably taken in the am and at noon)
  • If using supplements designed to lower cortisol like phosphatidylserine then use at night
My Recommended Brand and Product:

Adrenal Glandulars (for more severe cases of Adrenal Fatigue)

Adrenal Adaptogens​ (for less severe cases of Adrenal fatigue)

Phophatidylserine - Soy Free (for cases of ELEVATED cortisol)

#4. Probiotics and Prebiotics

But not just any probiotics, mind you...​

Just like supplements, not all probiotics are created equal!

In my patients I prefer and recommend soil based organisms.

​This is because most Hypothyroid and Hashimoto patients have some degree of intestinal dysbiosis (usually due to decreased kinetic movement of the bowels from lack of thyroid hormone). 

As a result many Hypothyroid patients are prone to developed a condition known as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (or SIBO).

​Fortunately, many patients with SIBO and intestinal dysbiosis tolerate soil based organisms better than probiotics that contain lactobacilli. 

​In fact if you've ever experience constipation or bloating after taking a probiotic there is a good chance you may be suffering from SIBO. 

Why it's good for thyroid health

About 20% of thyroid hormone is converted in the gut!

If there is any inflammation, or other gut imbalance, then this number will decrease.

That means that small changes in your gut can lead to big symptoms from lack of thyroid hormone.

This is also the major reason that your gut can't be ignored if you have Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's. ​

 How to Supplement with Probiotics and Prebiotics

Review of: Prescript Assist
Why I like it

High Microbial Diversity (29 Strains of Bacteria)

Clinical Studies showing effectiveness

Safe to use with SIBO and Yeast Overgrowth

Contains Soil Based Organisms (Heat Stable Bacteria)

How to tell if you Need it
  • Patients with a history of GI issues (IBS, IBD, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, GERD, etc.) should consider the use of a probiotic at least temporarily
  • All patients with Hashimoto's should supplement with probiotics on occasion if they are not frequently using natural fermented food sources of pre and probiotics
How to Use

  • 1-2 capsules per day (may need more with gut imbalances)
  • Split dose and take 1 in am and 1 in pm
  • Alternate taking with and without meals, also pulse probiotics in large doses on occasion
My Recommended Brand and Product
Prescript Assist Probiotic

​#5. Vitamin D3 + K2

​Vitamin D is another one of the 5 most common nutrient deficiencies that I see in my patients. 

Unless patients are supplementing with it already (and in very FEW other cases), I almost always find that Vitamin D levels are low.

Many patients, even those that work in the sun, wonder why their Vitamin D levels are so low.

I'll fill you in:

​In order to get adequate Vitamin D from sun exposure you need to meet the following conditions:

  • Be out in the sun between the hours of noon and 2pm, when your shadow is smaller than you (the time of day with the most UVB rays)
  • 40% of your body must be uncovered
  • There cannot be any clouds obstructing the sun (otherwise UVB rays will bounce off the clouds)
  • You must NOT be wearing any sun screen (most sun screens block ALL of UVB rays)

​How many people actually meet those criteria? 

Not many...

And that's why I recommend that most patients take Vitamin D as a supplement.

I don't, however, recommend blindly taking Vitamin D.

Please get your levels checked and base your dose off of those levels! ​

Why Vitamin D is good for hypothyroid patients

It is estimated that around 1 billion (yes that's BILLION) people suffer from vitamin D deficiency.

​And vitamin D is critical to several functions in the body:

  • Involved in proper development of bone and muscle
  • Regulates immune function
  • Prevents onset and development of autoimmune disease
  • Acts as a steroid pro-hormone
  • Helps maintain calcium homeostasis in the body
  • And these are functions NOT related to thyroid function

​(Why isn't every Doctor checking EVERY patient for Vitamin D deficiency?)

In addition to these amazing benefits low levels of Vitamin D can actually make your hypothyroidism worse!

Vitamin D Deficiency and hypothyroidism

​Because of this I recommend that EVERY patient gets their Vitamin D levels checked, and that they supplement with Vitamin D to achieve a blood level around 50 ng/ml. 

In my experience patients with Hypothyroidism tend to do better on Liquid Vitamin D due to the potential for absorption issues. 

I also recommend the use of vitamin K2 in addition to Vitamin D3 due to potential issues with calcium regulation.

Higher levels of Vitamin D3, if accompanied by vitamin K2 deficiency, may increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and pathologic calcium deposition into other tissues (like kidney stones, etc.). ​

How to Supplement with Vitamin D3 & K2

Review of: Vitamin D3-K2 Liquid
Why I like it

Highly absorbable and highly potent

Affordable Pricing

Well Tolerated

No Allergenic Fillers

How to tell if you Need it
  • Check serum levels of Vitamin D and aim for a range around 40-50ng/ml
  • Always supplement with Vitamin K2 to ensure proper calcium signaling (high levels of Vitamin D with low levels of Vitamin K2 may increase your risk of calcification in arteries and in other places in the body)
How to Use

  • Base dosing on Blood levels of Vitamin D3, if unknown start with 5 drops daily (5,000 IU's/day) and check blood levels within 4 weeks
  • Take in AM with fatty meal (Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin)
  • Ok to pulse dosing and/or take larger doses less frequently (mimics our ancestral dosing with the sun)
My Recommended Brand and Product
vitamin d3 k2 liquid

​#6. Vitamin B12

​Vitamin B12 is very important for patients with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's. 

Thyroid hormone is required for proper stomach acid production and stomach acid is required for proper B12 absorption.

Low thyroid hormone = low stomach acid = high risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency.

​In addition to the mechanism mentioned above patients with Hashimoto's are at increased risk for developing the autoimmune condition of pernicious anemia. 

Recall that having 1 autoimmune disease puts you at risk for developing other autoimmune diseases.

This is another mechanism by which hypothyroid patients may be at risk for developing vitamin B12 deficiency.

When you combine these 2 mechanisms some studies show that up to 40% of hypothyroid patients are vitamin B12 deficient.

b12 deficiency and hypothyroidism

​In addition to being deficient it can also be hard to diagnose as standard laboratory studies don't differentiate between cellular deficiency and serum deficiency. 

Many patients may have so-called "normal" serum B12 levels but still experience the signs and symptoms of B12 deficiency that then improve with proper replacement therapy.

Some patients even report an improvement in vitamin B12 at supraphysiologic levels of vitamin B12.

thyroid metabolism reset poster for side bar

Supraphysiolgic levels refer to higher than normal levels - and indeed some patients simply respond better to these levels.

I have many personal patients who notice increased energy levels with vitamin B12 shots and simply continue to use them despite higher than normal serum levels of B12. 

Why B12 is good for Hypothyroid patients

​Replacing Vitamin B12 is very important because many of the symptoms of B12 deficiency may mimic symptoms of hypothyroidism. 

This may explain why some patients who take medication may remain symptomatic. ​

Vitamin B12 deficiency may result in any of the following symptoms: 

  • Fatigue and a subjective sense of having low energy that does not resolve or improve with high quality sleep or with thyroid hormone replacement
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty catching your breath with exertion or exercise
  • Changes in mood including depression or anxiety
  • Brain fog, difficulty concentrating or inability to pay attention
  • Macrocytic anemia (as measured by MCV)
  • Numbness, tingling or other issues with nerve fibers

​If you have any of the symptoms above, are still symptomatic after starting thyroid hormone or have low levels of vitamin B12 as indicated by laboratory testing then supplementing should be something to seriously consider. 

A couple parting thoughts:

1. Diagnosing vitamin B12 deficiency can be difficult with serum markers so make sure that you check more than just serum B12. Serum levels only indicate how much B12 is in the blood not how much is actually getting into the cells. Use the markers below to help with testing and determining if you are deficient. 

2. ​I've found that patients with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's do far better on B12 injections over oral forms of B12. Theoretically sublingual B12 should offer similar absorption as B12 injections but in my experience this just isn't true. 

You can find more info about B12 shots in this post. If you can't find B12 then your second best option is sublingual B12 which should be used over tablet/capsule supplements. ​

How to Supplement with Vitamin B12

Why I like it

May Boost Energy levels and reduce fatigue

May help increase metabolism and fat loss

Helps improve mood and increase concentration

Generally works very quickly (within 1-2 weeks)

How to tell if you Need it

I recommend checking the following lab tests:

  • Serum B12 - Should be > 1,000
  • Homocysteine levels - Should be < 9
  • MCV - Should be < 92

Patients with the following symptoms should consider using B12 shots: 

  • Obesity or weight gain 
  • Fatigue or low energy levels
  • Lack of sleep or insomnia (including difficulty falling asleep)
  • Depression or other mood issues like anxiety
  • Hair loss or a lack of hair growth
  • Low serum B12 levels (less than 1,000)
  • High homocysteine levels (greater than 9.0)
  • MCV (mean corpuscular volume) that is higher than 92
  • High levels of inflammation
Low serum B12 levels
How to Use

  • 1,000-5,000 mcg per day preferably taken in Sublingual form
  • If you are severely deficient in Vitamin B12 you may need to use Methylcobalamin injections once per week at 5,000mcg of methylcobalamin every 7 days
My Recommended Brand and Product:

​#7. Supplements to Support High Quality Sleep

High quality, deep sleep tends to be under rated in terms of its importance for overall health. 

When I create treatment plans for patients I make improving sleep a priority, so high on the list that the first month is dedicated to improving sleep if it is lacking. 

Low quality sleep will increase inflammatory levels, increase blood sugar levels, decrease the body's ability to lose weight and overall decrease how quickly patients can get results.

Not only this but sleep plays an important role in regulating your immune system. Decreased sleep may cause an increased risk of TRIGGERING autoimmune disease

In addition ​some studies show that lack of sleep leads to an increase in TSH and an increase in circulating levels of thyroid hormone. 

Because the TSH is increasing this is probably due thyroid resistance and elevated reverse T3 levels in this state of chronic stress. ​

Bottom line?

Sleep reduces immune function AND thyroid function.

​If your sleep is suffering then you absolutely need to focus on it and make it a PRIORITY. 

It's just as important (if not more important) than supplementing with active thyroid hormone.

So how do you know if you need to work on improving your sleep?

You should be focusing on the following:

  • 8 hours minimum of high quality sleep per night
  • Repay your sleep debt if you have one (Lack of sleep builds up like an unpaid credit card, the more you have the worse it gets) -> you may need 9-10+ hours of sleep per night for several weeks to repay this debt
  • Improving your sleeping conditions if you don't have a dark, cool and quiet room to sleep in
  • Ensuring hormone imbalances, medications or other factors are not decreasing the depth and quality of your sleep
  • Address adrenal factors that may be causing increased energy levels at night

The truth is that most patients who don't get enough sleep know it and generally know they need to do something about it. 

I've personally dealt with sleep related issues and know just how much even 1-2 hours of sleep loss can impact the body's ability to function. Much of the tips I discuss below I actually personally use to improve my overall quality of sleep. 

With that in mind I want to focus on just a couple of tips that may improve your depth and quality of sleep.

Please note that this is just the beginning, and various factors including hormone imbalances, anatomical issues, medications, etc. can all be impacting the quality of your sleep and may need to be addressed.

How to get started with proper sleep hygiene:

  • Consider the use of earplugs to reduce noise
  • Consider the use of a sleep mask if you can't get your room pitch black
  • Reduce the temperature in your room
  • Use applications or glasses to remove blue light from electronics 3 hours before bed time
  • Set an alarm for when to go to sleep in addition to waking up
  • If it takes you 30-60 minutes to fall asleep make sure to set your alarm with enough time to get 8 hours of sleep, not just 8 hours in your bed
  • Avoid drinking water or fluid 3-4 hours prior to bed
  • Avoid caffeine after noon and never consume more than 200mg per day
  • Avoid stimulating activities and exercise programs at night

How to Supplement to Boost and Improve Sleeping patterns 

Why I like it

May help to improve energy levels

May helps to reduce levels of inflammation

Helps reduce brain fog and mental fogginess

Required lifestyle change for optimal results

How to tell if you Need these supplements
  • You should be getting 8 hours of high quality sleep each and every night
  • If you find yourself waking up exhausted then you should consider checking for sleep apnea or a trial of the following supplements to improve sleep
How to Use

  • Take each supplement as indicated on the bottle or as recommended below
  • Start with supplements that don't contain melatonin, if these supplements don't work then add more supplements until you are getting 8 hours of quality sleep each night
  • In addition to these supplements make sure you practice adequate sleep hygiene, that means: black out curtains for your bedroom, noise cancelling ear plugs, glasses that remove blue light and avoiding electronics 3 hours prior to your scheduled bed time
My Recommended Brand and Products:

For minor sleep issues start with supplements containing 5-HTP which may promote proper melatonin production and induce sleep naturally (take 100mg 30 minutes before your scheduled bed time): 

For more difficult cases consider the addition of melatonin + 5-HTP, start with 1-3mg of melatonin and don't be afraid to use melatonin if you need it. I've found through urinary testing that MANY patients with sleep issues have low night time levels of melatonin. 

For more the most difficult cases consider using serotonin and GABA potentiators. These supplements help enhance GABA and sertonin neurotransmitters in the brain and help induce deep sleep. 

​#8. GI Supplements (Based on symptoms) 

Patients with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's are at increased risk for developing GI related issues - usually related to decreased motility from lack of thyroid hormone. 

Thyroid hormone helps to increase intestinal motility which promotes natural breakdown of nutrients and promotes normal levels of bacteria in the small intestines.

When you have a lack of thyroid hormone circulating in the blood you are more prone to developing conditions like constipation, SIBO, SIFO and acid reflux.

And if you think about it, it just makes sense:

If your GI tract isn't moving properly you will have constipation (too much movement would lead to diarrhea as is seen in hyperthyroidism).

If you over digest your food you allow more bacteria to feed off of it promoting SIBO and SIFO.

If your intestines slow down acid stays in your stomach longer which increases the risk for developing acid reflux.

​In addition to all of these it's important to realize that a majority of thyroid is also converted in the GI tract. 

As a result GI related issues (like those discussed above) may necessarily decrease T4 to T3 conversion.

Downstream these GI issues also result in decreased nutritional absorption due to changes in HCL and increased risk for developing sub clinical nutrient deficiencies (most notably iron and B12 deficiency).

For this reason it's essential to treat and reverse these GI conditions as they arise. 

Now consider this:

Some GI conditions WILL require the addition of thyroid hormone to completely eliminate. That's just the way it is.

If you have decreased motility due to lack of thyroid hormone potentiating your SIBO, simply taking herbal antibiotics will NOT fix the problem.

Make sense?

So in addition to the therapies recommended below make sure to treat the underlying cause (if possible), but the management of these conditions is also very important.

It should also be stated that simply replacing thyroid hormone will not necessarily resolve these issues either - so you really need the combination of thyroid hormone replacement + supplement replacement. ​

Don't take the shotgun approach to GI health and supplementation. 

​Treat the conditions that are present: 

How to Supplement with Targeted GI Supplements

Why I like it

May improve overall health

Many thyroid patients have GI issues contributing to overall health

May help to reduce inflammation and autoimmunity

Up to 75% of Hashimoto's patients have some GI related issue

How to tell if you Need these supplements
  • Target your supplements at the GI problem you are experiencing: Constipation, SIBO, gas/bloating, chronic diarrhea, etc.
  • When in doubt consider advanced stool testing to find actionable data including bacterial/fungal sensitivities and more information using comprehensive stool analysis
sibo and sifo examples
How to Use

  • Use as indicated on the bottle/container or as recommended below
  • For constipation use magnesium citrate at night (starting at 300mg) and titrate dose up until you have 1 loose bowel movement every day
  • For SIBO/gas/bloating read this post about SIBO and consider using combination therapy to decrease intestinal bacterial and fungal burden to reduce symptoms
  • For acid reflux use the combination of betaine + HCL to help increase stomach acid to promote nutrient absorption and food breakdown
  • For IBS/IBD/abdominal pain or increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut) consider using combination supplements to cool down inflammation and help heal the intestinal barrier
My Recommended Brand and Products:

Supplements to promote regular bowel movements and to treat constipation: 

Supplements to relieve gas/bloating: 

Supplements to relieve acid reflux: 

Supplements to improve leaky gut and intestinal permeability and to heal the intestinal lining: 

A word about Iodine​

Iodine gets a lot of attention in patients with Hypothyroidism (Especially with Hashimoto's). ​

I won't get into a huge discussion about it here but my general feeling is this:

Generally speaking (in most patients) taking Iodine is safe as long as it is coupled with adequate selenium supplementation.

I have however seen a handful of patients who still react with worsening symptoms and an elevation in antibody levels.

With that in mind I recommend proceeding with caution, and whenever possible to start low and go slow with iodine.

I find it's easier to titrate up dosing with smaller doses and this is the Iodine supplement that I recommend. 

​Wrapping it up 

​If you have Hashimoto's then there are some supplements that can make a huge impact on your overall health. 

Based on my experience, the science and what other experts are using I've come up with some recommendations for patients:​

As I mentioned above it's best to target your supplements based on your own personal nutrient deficiencies, but in the absence of a Comprehensive functional blood chemistry panel - these supplements will definitely help. 

Now It's your turn​

​I want to hear from you!

What supplements have you tried for your Hashimoto's or Hypothyroidism? What has worked the best for you? Help other patients out by giving your advice below!​


Dr. Westin Childs
 

I'm Dr. Childs and I write these posts. I'm a physician that specializes helping patients lose weight, have more energy and FEEL better. My practice focuses on hormone imbalances, thyroid issues and weight loss resistance. My goal is to provide the BEST information out there on the internet that is both actionable and trustworthy. Get my free ebook: Hashimoto's Diet Guide here. You can also find more about my personal journey back to health here.

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Renata Righi - March 12, 2016

I just read the small print on the bottle of the Adrenal support.
It reads….bovine….
I have a beef allergy, surely this means that it is not good for me?

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    Westin Childs - March 12, 2016

    Hey Renata,

    Yeah, the adrenal support does have bovine sourced glandulars in it. I wouldn’t recommend it if you have a beef allergy. In your case I would recommend an adrenal supplement with adaptogenic herbs in it like this one here.

    Reply
Justine - March 12, 2016

Another brilliant article, thank you so much. If you ever come to Ireland on holiday, let me know because I’d love an appointment ! ! Thanks again

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Grace - April 6, 2016

Very informative and supportive article, helps maintain the Hashimoto’s disease, Thank you dr.Westin

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kathleen - April 16, 2016

I have Hypothyroidism going on 10 years now and still on the same dose as I started 10 years ago ,Synthroid 75 mcg and I also have Addisons Disease have this going on 30 plus years now, and take Hydrocortisone 20 mg 2x a day,and Bupropion HCL SR 100MG 2X a day, recently I went into menopause and started gaining a lot of weight,plus bad night sweats and hot flashes and depression. I am only 5’2 and I never ever weighed this much in my life 197lbs!! my current Dr doesnt even care that I weigh this much ,I have been to so many Drs over the years ,I have to stay in my area and not 1 of them, has ever helped me and being on Disability Medicaid, I am very limited in finding a Dr.,especially looking for a ” good Dr” and I do not have the extra money to pay for a office visit to a Dr who does not accept Medicaid. I try to eat healthy and clean I do not smoke or drink and I try to exercise the best I can.

My recent labs showed that my Cholesterol Total 252 H
Triglycerides 204 H
LDL -Cholesterol 140 H
Non HDL Cholesterol 181 H
T3 99
TSH 3.29
Alkaline Phosphate 211
ALT 31
RED BLOOD CELL COUNT 5.76
HEMOGLOBIN 16.2
HEMATOCRIT 50.8
MCHC 31.9
TSH IS LISTED AGAIN 0.20 L
And I HAVE A VERY FATTY LIVER with elevated liver enzymes ( ultrasound was done and found nothing )

I recently purchased “New Chapter 40 + every womens One Daily Multi Vitamins” it is made with organic vegetables and herbs and Nutrients for Bone,Hormone, and Digestion Support,I just started this and I hopes it helps me.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size 1 TABLET
Servings Per Container 72
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A – (100% As Beta Carotene) 5000 IU 100%
Vitamin C 60 Mg 100%
Vitamin D3 1000 IU 250%
Vitamin E 30 IU 100%
Vitamin K1 70 Mcg 88%
VITAMIN K2 – (MK-7)(FROM MENAQ7) 10 Mcg 12%
THIAMINE-VITAMIN B1 2 Mg 133%
RIBOFLAVIN-VITAMIN B2 2 Mg 188%
Niacin 20 Mg 100%
Vitamin B6 5 Mg 250%
Folate 200 Mcg 50%
Vitamin B12 25 Mcg 417%
Biotin 150 Mcg 50%
Pantothenic Acid 10 Mg 100%
CALCIUM – (FROM ALGAE) 25 Mg 3%
IODINE 75 Mcg 50%
MAGNESIUM – (80% CULTURED,20% FRM ALGAE) 6 Mg 2%
ZINC 7 Mg 50%
SELENIUM 75 Mcg 107%
COPPER 750 Mcg 38%
MANGANESE 1 Mcg 50%
CHROMIUM 60 Mcg 50%
MOLYBDENUM 10 Mcg 13%
MIXED CAROTENOIDS 3 Mg N/A*
BREAST SUPPORT BLEND – (SPROUTED SEEDS)(ORGANIC BROCOLLI, CAULIFLOWER, KALE, DAIKON RADISH, CABBAGE, MUSTARD) 50 Mg N/A*
HORMONE SUPPORT BLEND – (ORGANIC CHASTE TREE (BERRY), ORGANIC RED CLOVER (FLOWER), ORGANIC RASPBERRY (LEAF) 50 Mg N/A*
STRESS/ENERGY SUPPORT BLEND – (ORGANIC SCHIZANDRA (BERRY), ORGANIC MACA (ROOT) ORGANIC CHAMOMILE (FLOWER) 30 Mg N/A*
CARDIO SUPPORT BLEND – (ORGANIC FENUGREEK (SEED), ORGANIC OREGANO (LEAF) GRAPESEED EXTRACT (NOT CULTURED), ORGANIC HAWTHORN (BERRY AND SEED) 20 Mg N/A*
DIGESTIVE SUPPORT BLEND – (ORGANIC ALOE (LEAF), ORGANIC PEPPERMINT (LEAF), ORGANIC CORIANDER (SEED) ORGANIC CARDAMON (FRUIT), ORGANIC ARTICHOKE (LEAF) 10 Mg N/A*
FULL SPECTRUM HERBAL EXTRACTS GINGER – (RHIZOME) 3.2 MG HYDROEHTANOLIC EXTRACT AND 0.8 MG ORGANIC SUPERCRITICAL EXTRACT 4 Mg N/A*
TUMERIC (RHIZOME) – 3.2 MG HYDROETHANOLIC EXTRACT AND 0.8 MG ORGANIC SUPERCRITICAL EXTRACT 4 Mg

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    Dr. Westin Childs - April 16, 2016

    Hey Kathleen,

    It can be tough to find good Doctors in the insurance model, but it sounds like you are heading in the right direction. You could consider bioidentical hormones like biest + progesterone – but it may be difficult to find a Doctor willing to prescribe these in the insurance model.

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      kathleen - April 16, 2016

      I have been to so many Drs and no one will help me with the weight gain or dealing with the High Cholesterol, I Have had these same lab results for the last 4 years now ,my current Dr I asked him for a script for “Cytomel” he said I didnt need it or even a script for a appetite suppressant, I am worried and very depressed that I will have a massive heart attack, I even asked my Dr for a higher dose of Synthroid he said I dont need it ,the dose is just fine according to him. Something is wrong somewhere with me weighing almost 200 pounds,I cant seem to loose the weight no matter what I do !! I eat clean no junk or processed food, 4 years ago I weighed 140 lbs and I felt good, like I said something is very wrong. Would 7- keto with DHEA AND VITAMIN b-6 100 MG help? Is there a supplement I could take to increase my metabolism or a appetite supplement ?

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        Dr. Westin Childs - April 16, 2016

        It’s unlikely that one supplement will radically increase your metabolism and cause significant weight loss. Your best bet is finding a good doctor willing to work with you that specializes in hormones and weight loss.

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Darleen - May 14, 2016

I have had success with methylayed Vitamins; I purchased one that is in sublingual from methyl-life.com. I take Deplin which is methylfolate (Dr. Prescribed). I have been off thyroid meds for 5 weeks now and feel good 80% of the time. The other 20% I feel either hyper or hypo. I think this fluctuation might be normal as things are evening out? I also take picolinate zinc and molybdenum (to help bind with excess metals) I use the mo-zyme forte form. I keep up with my vitamin A, D, E, and don’t eat dairy in any form. I hope everyone can solve their thyroid problems! My diagnosis is Hashimotos and I plan to go in for blood draw in a few weeks. There are a few things that might be helping too, but I’m still playing around with them and trying to perfect things…

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Deb - May 20, 2016

Two things ~ I’m disappointed in your recommendation to supplement with hormone D, as it depletes magnesium and increases calcium absorption in soft tissue. Simply supplementing with a good magnesium will raise hormone d levels. Also, I have taken a Life Extension Zinc with copper supplement, but every time I get nauseous immediately, even with food. Any ideas on why?

Excellent article otherwise!

Thank You!

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    Dr. Westin Childs - May 20, 2016

    Hey Deb,

    No problem and I would consider zinc without the copper, or at least checking your copper/zinc ratio prior to supplementing.

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S - June 3, 2016

Would you recommend all of these for someone with no thyroid as well?

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Tiia - June 6, 2016

Hello! I have Hashimoto and I take selenium pills every day. What do you think should take selenium each day? Or should take the pills within a certain period? Laboratory analyzes are very expensive… Thanks! 🙂

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Anne - June 18, 2016

Supplementing Zinc and Selenium without being tested for deficiencies is incorrect… Too much Zinc causes issues with Copper… And too much Selenium causes more issues.

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    Dr. Westin Childs - June 18, 2016

    Great assumption, but where’s the data showing that testing is an adequate indicator of tissue levels of zinc/copper/selenium? In addition, where are the studies showing that supplementing to these “normal” levels actually has clinical benefit? There’s a test for everything nowadays, but what good are they if they don’t give you any actionable data?

    My recommendations are based on treating hundreds of patients. What is your recommendation based on? You say they cause issues but do you even know what issues they cause? It sounds like you are just regurgitating what you’ve read elsewhere.

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      Anthony Llabres - March 15, 2017

      Love that response….100% correct!!

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Sarah - June 21, 2016

Hello Dr. Childs,

I was recently diagnosed with subclinical hypothyroidism (TSH 3.75 and FT3 2.3) after struggling with vague but frustrating symptoms (persistent weight gain, hair loss, depression). My doctor put me on 10 mcg of T3 medication and things have been getting slightly better.

However, I have been wondering what the underlying cause of my sluggish thyroid might be. I’d prefer to not be on medicine forever.

I had the lab test me for serum iodine and the results came back below the range at 29.1 ug/L (range: 40 – 92). I know there is a lot of controversy around iodine and whether this is a reliable test. Should this low reading concern me? Is it possible that I am iodine deficient and that is what is causing my hypo symptoms? I have tested negative for thyroid antibodies three separate times, so I know the source of my thyroid trouble isn’t autoimmune in nature.

Thank you for your time and thoughts. I appreciate it!

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    Deb - June 21, 2016

    Wow, Sarah! Your TSH is hiiiigh!!! Did they also test your reverse T3 and T4? If you are on facebook, I would also recommend joining the group “Hashimoto’s 411.” You’ll learn a lot from people who walk the same journey.

    Best wishes!
    ~deb

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Alicia - July 15, 2016

I just ordered BioGanix extra strength thyroid support before I found your site. The bottle calls for taking two capsules a day and contains 150 mcg of iodine in each capsule. Do you think this is too much to start off with or is it a small enough amount? Also I have been taking Levothyroxine for a few years. I am convinced it is making m gain weight as I do Crossfit 4 days a weeks and eat relatively healthy. I have thought about trying Nature-throid. What do you usually put your patients on?

thank you.

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    Dr. Westin Childs - July 15, 2016

    Hey Alicia,

    Each patient is different and requires a different dose and type of medication or a combination of thyroid medications.

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Ricardo Jara - August 18, 2016

I love you’re thorough explanations in EVEYTHING I’m literally at an all time low I have been on levo for 4 years now for hashimotos my gen doctor just keeps adjusting my levels I really really just want to feel normal again 🙁 I’m a 28 yr old guy with my whole life ahead of me the levo worked in the beginning I seriously feel like I’m at a standstill now! I’m constantly tired no energy in pain high anxiety insomnia and depression I wish I could even comprehend on where to go from here i wish I could just make an appointment with you and advice on who to find what to look for? I’m begging for help! Thank you

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    Dr. Westin Childs - August 19, 2016

    Hey Ricardo,

    I’m glad you’ve found it to be helpful! It’s my experience that most patients do far better when their thyroid medication has T3 in it. Unfortunately finding a provider to give you the medication can be difficult. Treating hashimoto’s also requires some degree of educated guesswork with trial and error – it usually takes me about 4 months to get people significant improvement in their symptoms. If possible try to find a doctor who shares a similar practice philosophy as me nearby.

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Michelle - August 29, 2016

I am 43 and have had Hashimoto’s for 5 years, my thyroid is still in good condition. In the beginning the doctor tried me on levothyroxine it made me 10x worse, she tried me on armor & again I had the same problem. I decided to try a natural approach and decided to treat my symptoms not the disease, since I was told I would have it for the rest of my life and there isn’t a cure. The one vitamin that has helped me from taking 4 naps a day has been one called Thyro-slim. I take a high dosage of vitamin D, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Probiotics, Enzymes, Omega 3, and Coconut Oil. Lately though, in the last 6 months, I have been feeling sluggish again. I feel this is because of the depression medication I had to get back on about a year ago. I’m not sure if they are co-related but I’m not sure where else the sluggishness could be stemming from. However I don’t feel that I can get off my meds yet. There were a few vitamins you mentioned above that I am going to try. I also recently was told that different foods you eat can effect the different antibody that is effecting you. Last time I was tested about 6 months ago, my thyro-perixodase antibodies were at 67, my anti-globulin ones were fine. So I heard that certain foods will make your thyro-perixodase antibodies increase, foods that I was putting in my morning juice like spinach & apples. Very upsetting especially since I loved drinking my morning green juice it always made me feel better and helped me keep the weight off. I have an allergic intolerance to whey, gluten, soy, & Sulfites. Needless to say this makes my diet very hard. Besides trying the supplements you mentioned above do you have any other recommendations? Also my libido is in the toilet this has been since the beginning, which has been a curse for me, since I used to have a very active imagination that would help me write romance, but since it’s non existent I can’t seem to write it anymore. Would you have any hints on how to get that back on track as well? I would so appreciate any help in this matter. Thank you so much for trying to help all those like myself who feel lost in this battle we are having with our own body.

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    Dr. Westin Childs - August 29, 2016

    Hey Michelle,

    Make sure you look into your androgens, so especially DHEA and testosterone. If you have low testosterone (most Hashimoto’s patients do) you can consider using transdermal testosterone to boost libido and to also help reduce antibody levels. In addition look into insulin levels which help drive down testosterone levels.

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      Michelle - August 29, 2016

      Dr. Childs,
      Is there a brand that you suggest for the DHEA & the testerone? I’m intolerant to whey, gluten, soy, & Sulfites.
      Thank you for your help in this matter. I’m looking forward to living again, instead of feeling like a zombie!
      Sincerely,
      Michelle

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        Dr. Westin Childs - August 29, 2016

        Testosterone is a prescription, for DHEA you can try it but I generally recommend taking it via the transdermal route which is also prescription – so you would need to see a Doctor to get either or both.

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    Marcy - October 10, 2016

    I started taking 5-htp for the same symptoms, because I can’t handle SSRI or other type of depression/anxiety medication. It could be low serotonin levels from SAD or an unbalanced Axis. This has helped greatly with my sleep, blues, my anxiety, concentration, and fatigue. It is a precursor for serotonin, so if you have low serotonin it might help. It is not indicated to be used concomitantly with certain types of antidepressants. I also take adrenal support from gXXX, multivitamins + selenium (recommended by my endo cousin). I am on 25 mcg of levothyroxin, and 5 mcg cytomel daily. It was the 5-htp that made a difference with sluggishness I attributed to hypothyroidism.

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Lynda - September 7, 2016

Can you give me any advice on drinking alcohol as a patient with Hashimoto?
I hear from some to not drink at all and others that one drink is ok so I am unsure of what to do.
Is it because of the drugs I am on (synthroid, liothyronine) the reason not to drink or is it that not having my thyroid working makes alcohol bad for me?
Would love your take on this- thank you!

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    Dr. Westin Childs - September 7, 2016

    Hey Lynda,

    I recommend avoidance of alcohol due to a number of reasons, including but not limited to the excess strain in puts on your liver.

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Dena - October 21, 2016

My TPO’s are over 1000 but my TSH is normal. Hashimoto’s that has not affected my thyroid yet according to MD. U/S shows diffuse, enlarged thyroid “consistent with Hashi’s”. Inability to lose weight, severe anxiety, all over pain (“fibromyalgia”), and severe fatigue 24/7. Just treat with supplements at this point and see if any improvement? I take “Natural Calm” (magnesium drink), but nothing else right now. Thanks much!

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    Dr. Westin Childs - October 21, 2016

    Hey Dena,

    Treatment is a matter of perspective in these cases. In my opinion patients who have hashimoto’s (especially active inflammation) + symptoms should get treated with thyroid hormone. It seems your provider feels differently.

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Kirsten - October 22, 2016

Hello Dr Childs, below are my recent blood results. I’ve been taking Levothyroxine 0.100 mg for a little while now and my symptoms seem to have worstened. I feel sluggish and depressed and have gained a lot of weight. In addition I feel that the medication was making me edgy and not myself. I stopped taking Levothyroixine for 3 days now and am trying to get a referral to see an endocrinologist pending the results of a thyroid ultrasound. A couple of years back I was told that I have nodules on my thyroid. I am now on a grain and Soy free vegan diet but it has still been hard for me to lose any weight. Any suggestions on supplements or on how to tackle Hashimotos? Thank you Dr.

Free T3 2.7 pg/ml
Reverse T3 19 my/dl
Free T4 1.1
TSH 4.26 mIU/I
Thyroid peroxidase Antibodies 515 IU/ml
Thyroglobulin Antibodies 4IU/ml

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Jem - November 10, 2016

Hi I was diagnosed with hashimotos 12months ago and take 100mg of levothyroxine. My tsh is 1.5 and I have just been told I have iron deficiency. My antibodies are 1300 and I am 34. I have so many symptoms and feel so fed up I am backwards and forwards to the Dr’s and not getting anywhere. Where do I start with vitamins etc

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Stephanie Richmond - November 14, 2016

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2011 and have been on 100mcg of Levothroid since then. I’m almost 39 now and my husband and I have been TTC for almost a year and a half now to no avail. I just got my thyroid retested and requested from more in depth tests instead of just TSH. TSH came back at 1.58, Free T4: 1.1, Total T3: 84 but TPO AB at 246! Could this be causing my infertility? I have Kaiser and so far they have not responded about my test results and it’s been almost a week. Looking for recommendations to help my condition. Thanks!

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April C - November 25, 2016

Good morning!
I have Hashimoto Disease and Celiac Disease, both of which I seem to finally have a firm regulated grip on. However, staying at a steady weight is easy, losing is difficult.

I am going to start eating more paleo, and to heal my gut along with taking more than Just Vitamin D as i do have a deficiency. What is your suggestion to help me start to lose now that i’ve managed my weight to stop gaining?

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elaine - November 29, 2016

I have hashimotos. I am seein a dr who put me on naturethroid but now refuses to raise the dose anymore because the tsh is .8. My ft4 is below range at .7. I am depressed. I have tried 2 brands of selenium. I seem to get high anxiety and heart palps later in the day from it. I cannot find info on that happening to anyone. My selenium was tested at 230 mcg. In range.

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Jennifer - December 4, 2016

Hi Dr. Child’s,
Thank you for this site. I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s with hypothyroidism. I am on synthroid. It seems to be helping but it remains to be seen if I am on the right levels. Since I am new to all this my question is: do I really need to go gluten free? Dairy free? I do not feel like I’ve had any issues with food but I do have a few symptoms of having a “leaky gut” when it comes to alcohol. So yes, easy answer is to avoid that but does it mean I need to be gluten free?

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Kirsten - December 9, 2016

Dr do you recommend L-tyrosine supplement for Hashimoto?

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Holly - December 10, 2016

What about a vitamin B? What is your take in thyroid grandular? How much adrenL glandular do you recommend 350?

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Kami - December 29, 2016

I was on synthroid .150 for over 12 yrs. I have Hashimotos with a total thyroidectomy. Last year late Dec 2015. I switched to nature-throid 2 grain. I took that for 11 months. And switched back to Synthroid Nov 2016. I was 100% allergic to T3. I was miserable. Plagued with migraines and blackout spells 5-7 days a week. I never lost weight, and none of the miracle life changing things that I read about after taking Nature-throid happened for me. I’m stuck at my heaviest weight due to the year of pure hell being on the nature-throid. I actually gained 17 lbs! It’s been approximately 8 weeks of being back on synthroid. My issues with migraines have drastically diminished.I’m down to 1 migraine every 7-9 days now. I’m feeling so much better being back on synthroid. I’m going to start taking some additional supplements to help me even more. I just wanted to put it out there that nature-throid, armour, porcine products just aren’t for everyone. Please do your research before changing thyroid meds you may be sorry in the end…. and if natural thyroid meds work for you, great! Just keep in mind this isn’t a cookie cutter disease.

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    Dr. Westin Childs - December 29, 2016

    Hey Kami,

    Thanks for sharing your story. Unfortunately the story is even more complex than NDT doesn’t work for everyone (though I do agree with that statement). In your case you were most likely reacting to an inactive ingredient or you simply didn’t have a high enough dose. Just because naturethroid didn’t work for you doesn’t mean WP thyroid wouldn’t, etc. I would also point out that you (or other patients) have no way of knowing what/how they will react to medications until they actually try them, so no amount of research can really prepare patients for switching medications.

    The bottom line is that each person is unique and that needs to be taken into account while titrating and changing thyroid medications.

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Deborah - January 8, 2017

I have hashimotos. It went undiagnosed for years. At this point my body has become resistant to natural thyroid requiring large doses that send me into hyper state and blood pressure soaring. I have been researching and found Low Dose Naltrexone has been successful in lower inflamation levels in autoimmune diseases. What are your thoughts on Low Dose Naltrexone? Pradeep Chopra wrote the article

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    Dr. Westin Childs - January 8, 2017

    Hey Deborah,

    You may just be dealing with reverse T3 issues, most patients (by the time they need to see me) I generally drop their NDT dose and increase their T3 only dose and have great results.

    In regards to LDN I do use it frequently and have discussed how I use it in multiple case studies on my site and in this article as well: https://www.restartmed.com/naltrexone-weight-loss/

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Inese Owen - January 11, 2017

Hi
My 18 yr old doughter has been diagnosed with hashimoto for the past year. I’m not 100 percent sure of her tests results of recent but is on 150mg of thyroxine daily . She has extremely high antibodies . IIn the 1000s. As a teenager that danced 24/7 after school hours including weekend completions etc was fit and energetic. We are now extreme opposite.
Initially I thought the weight gain was for to a knee operation that stopped the dancing dreams. The moods were to being a teenager and depression from missing out on her dreams.
After diagnosis we hoped the metabolism would adjust . But no. I have learnt since about leaky gut etc . I am hoping to have her try the recommended supplements and encourage continually gluten free and low sugar foods. Although I feel that her body and fatigue craves these in a effort to increase the energy levels . Of course costs make it difficult to retain a specialist to continue blood tests to check these various hormone and chemical levels .Would you recommend the supplements without further testing.?
I beleive her t3 and t4 are at reasonable levels last I knew.
She no longer lives at home and is studying at uni and working . This is concerning as the energy required to meet deadlines and pay bills is exhausting for anyone without thyroid issues.
I can supply my daughter with the supplements. Her main concern is the weight gain and difficulty in losing it. Very depressing for a young girl. Adding exercise in the day is almost impossible.
Thank you for your time .

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    Dr. Westin Childs - January 11, 2017

    Hey Inese,

    Probably the single best thing she can do is clean up her diet, cut out sugar, and cut out refined carbs (preferably gluten free as well). There is really no reason to waste money trying various things until she is ready to commit to this step. If she is unwilling to make this change then long term improvement will be very limited. The good news is that she will probably experience a significant improvement with this one change alone (though it will most likely not take her to 100%), but it should be the first step.

    I can’t speak to the supplements and her labs because she isn’t my patient, but it would be a good idea to try some supplements in addition to the dietary changes for maximum benefit.

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Rebecca - January 15, 2017

I was recently diagnosed with hoshimoto and I’m looking for vitamin c recommendations. Do you have one you recommend?

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Kathleen - January 19, 2017

Hello,
Thank you for the information you provide on your blog and your videos. I am going to try some of the supplements that you recommend. My questions are:
1. Can they all be taken at the same time or is it better to take some in the morning & others at night?
2. Can I assume these supplements will not interfere with thyroid medication?
Thanks for your advice!

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    Dr. Westin Childs - January 19, 2017

    Hey Kathleen,

    How to take each supplement is outlined in the post above, and all supplements should be taken away from your thyroid medication due to potential absorption issues.

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patricia ray - January 23, 2017

Super helpful article Dr. Childs. I am a 60 year old women, physically active and not overweight. I have had hypothyroidism/hashimoto disease for the past 20 years. For last few years i have been on Tirosint 100mcg. Recent blood panel showed with std. range TSH 3.80 m/U/L even though I had stopped taking Tirosint for over one month, although i hate being dependent on Tirosint I did begin taking it again. Also, my B12 was 1569 pg/mL indicating High level so i stopped taking my sublingual B12 and am suffering brain fog and fatigue. Would you recommend continued used of B12 regardless of the High level? I also have high cholesterol 245 total/160 LDL but refuse to take Lipitor. I have added all your recommended supplements to my shopping list and look forward to any feedback you may have. Again thanks so much for your article.

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Danielle - January 27, 2017

Hi,
I am on a limited budget. Which supplement would you recommend in getting started.
I have Hashimoto’s Thyrodis and have severe IBS.
Thank you
Danielle

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    Dr. Westin Childs - January 27, 2017

    Hey Danielle,

    There is no “best” supplement necessarily, instead I would focus on whatever your biggest problem is based on symptoms and labs and then go from there.

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husam ismael - January 29, 2017

hi doctor i have this lab result and all doctors here playing game with me i need your advice please

THYROID PEROXIDASE ANTIBODIES >900 H

CHOLESTEROL, TOTAL 212 H 125-200 mg/dL KS
HDL CHOLESTEROL 31 L > OR = 40 mg/dL KS
TRIGLYCERIDES 434 H <150 mg/dL KS

i tryed many doctor many things but still my life misreble

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Stacy - March 16, 2017

The large problem that I have with all these great people who what to truly put the word out and help all of us with this horrible Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis…….is just ONE HUGE THING! GREED!!! I can’t a straight answer from anyone for going on 19 years! I have great health care, so no issues there. I get on to all these sites and I try to do as much research I can and then a “WOW” word pops out! Great, finally starting to get somewhere…..oh but only if I order YOUR BOOK or YOUR Supplements or get on YOUR webinar. How about this! Why don’t all of the docs get together and make enough women so sick that their begging for cures, fixes, anything to get back to any kind of life at all!?!?!?!? OH WAIT……WE ARE ALREADY THERE!!

I don’t want pity! I want someone to give me my life back! One that I was proudly serving my family and country!!!

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Lisa - March 16, 2017

Does Vitamin B1 help at all with Hashimoto’s? Thank you.

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April Lott - March 26, 2017

Dr Child’s I have been struggling with uncontrolled hoshimotos since 2013. Prior to that my hypothyroidism was well controlled. Now my numbers are: tsh 0.01, t4f 0.55,t3f 3.83 and RT3 is 8.7. I continue to gain weight despite trying a very low calorie Dr led diet, keto, paleo, and weight watchers. I have literally gained 35 lbs in 4 months. I am now taking 1 grain WP thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and $1,000 worth of supplements. Please tell me what to do?

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Janessa - March 31, 2017

I’m 23 and was diagnosed with Hashimotos last year, along with some of the vitamins listed above (Selenium, Vitamin D3, vitamin B12) I am also taking Iron 16mg, Thytrophin PMG, and A-F Betafood, and a daily multi vitamin.. I plan to start Zinc as well. I know it seems like a lot, what is your input? I’m not on the prescription either..

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