Using the right supplements every single day can do 2 very important things for your thyroid:
The first is to keep your thyroid gland healthy so you can prevent future thyroid problems.
And the second is to support your thyroid gland if it’s not working optimally.
In other words, help it function like it would normally if it were healthy.
But what’s interesting is that you simply AREN’T going to get all of the nutrients that your thyroid needs in one single supplement.
It’s just not possible.
That’s because your thyroid requires at least 13 different nutrients all by itself (1) but, more importantly, there are other SYSTEMS in the body that alter its function as well.
So what this means is that you can take supplements for your thyroid but if you are neglecting those other systems, you’re missing out on huge potential benefits.
The good news is, you can support all of these systems including your thyroid with 5 different supplements.
And we are going to be talking about those right now:
Daily Thyroid Support Supplements For All Thyroid Conditions
So it doesn’t matter what type of thyroid condition you have, they will be helpful.
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#1. A High-Quality Multivitamin.
Multivitamins provide a broad array of different nutrients that are meant to fill in the gap from what you aren’t getting from your diet.
In a perfect world, you’d be able to get all of the nutrients that you need for your body to function optimally from food alone.
Unfortunately, we don’t live in that world.
Even if you are eating a healthy nutritious whole food-based diet, you still most likely need a multivitamin due to issues like soil depletion of nutrients (2) and the impact that your thyroid has on the absorption of nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract.
This means that pretty much everyone stands to benefit from taking a daily multivitamin.
And the reality is that more than just your thyroid requires the nutrients found in multivitamins for different functions.
So choosing a good multivitamin is important because it will support more than just your thyroid.
But if you are trying to specifically support your thyroid then you’ll want to make sure your multivitamin has the following:
- A therapeutic dose of magnesium, zinc, selenium, vitamin A, iodine, and vitamin B12.
- B vitamins and folate that come in their pre-methylated and pre-activated forms.
- Minimal binders, fillers, and dyes.
You want it to contain much more than these nutrients, but they are definitely the ones that your thyroid needs the most.
Most standard 1-pill multivitamins won’t cut it because you just can’t cram everything you need into one capsule.
A high-quality multivitamin will not only have a large number of nutrients, but it will also have therapeutic doses of those ingredients or at least doses close to the therapeutic level.
In order to get to these levels, you’re probably going to have to take a minimum of 3-4 capsules per serving.
This is because you can only cram about 500 mg to 700 mg worth of ingredients into a single capsule and 1 capsule worth of ingredients isn’t enough to reach the levels that your thyroid needs.
If you want to support your thyroid then look for a multivitamin that contains ingredients at the ratios provided here.
#2. Protein Powder.
I’m a huge fan of protein powders in general but especially for people trying to support your thyroid.
Drinking a protein shake each day essentially eliminates the need for one entire meal with a super easy, delicious, option.
This means it’s easier for you to stay on track with your diet, which means better health overall.
Beyond this massive benefit, there’s also a strong connection between your muscle mass and your thyroid function (3).
More muscle mass means better thyroid function which means a higher metabolic rate and a leaner body composition.
And because it’s VERY unlikely that you are meeting your daily protein needs on a consistent basis, daily use of a protein powder makes a lot of sense.
I personally take 40 grams of plant-based protein powder every single morning to support my muscle mass and thyroid health.
I’d recommend getting 20-25 grams of a plant-based protein powder each day but you can also opt for different types of protein depending on how well your body tolerates them.
If you have an existing thyroid problem then sticking to plant-based protein is usually your best bet.
If you don’t have a thyroid problem then whey may be a better option.
As far as your overall protein intake is concerned, aim for a minimum of 60 grams of animal-based protein or 100 grams of plant-based protein each day.
#3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Fish Oil).
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential which means your body can’t produce them and you must get them from your diet.
One of their main purposes is to protect your cells by supporting the cell membrane which surrounds every cell in your body.
And while they don’t impact your thyroid directly like some of the other supplements we’ve discussed, they do have an indirect impact on thyroid function.
This is due to the impact that omega-3 fatty acids have on inflammation.
Low levels of omega 3 are associated with higher levels of inflammation which means worse thyroid function.
Inflammation reduces the strongest and most active thyroid hormone known as T3.
It also increases your risk of developing thyroid gland inflammation and thyroid autoimmunity.
Consuming omega-3 fatty acids will help balance the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 in your body.
The ideal ratio is about 3:1 and most Americans are getting around 16:1 to 25:1 (4).
Taking omega 3s supplements can help drive that number down and provide additional benefits to boot.
As you might have noticed, these are all symptoms that thyroid patients tend to struggle with.
Try to get as much omega 3 from your diet as possible from foods like fish, chia, and flax, and make up the difference with an omega 3 supplement.
For most people, taking 1-2 grams of fish oil is ideal and will help bring that balance of omega 6 to omega 3 down to a level that doesn’t promote inflammation.
You can take much higher doses, though, especially if you are trying to treat autoimmune diseases (like Hashimoto’s) or inflammatory conditions.
#4. Vitamin D3.
Again, even if you hate the idea of taking supplements, you have to respect the fact that a huge number of the population is vitamin D deficient.
It’s hard to get exact numbers, but estimates suggest that around 1 billion people around the world are vitamin D deficient.
And I can tell you from my own experience testing hundreds of people that it was VERY rare to ever find a normal vitamin D level.
Vitamin D deficiency will increase your risk of multiple medical conditions including multiple thyroid problems.
Low vitamin D increases your risk of developing Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, graves’ disease, and thyroid cancer (7).
And this is just the risk to your thyroid, it doesn’t include all of the other issues that low vitamin D can cause like depression, fatigue, hair loss, and so on.
In a perfect world, you would get your vitamin D from the sun and you wouldn’t need to take a supplement.
But that isn’t always possible so for most people, it makes sense to take a supplement.
The type you want to take is vitamin D3 (not D2) and the dose is somewhere around 1,000 to 5,000 IUs daily.
It’s best to check your 25, hydroxy vitamin D level prior to supplementing so you know how much to take, but if you can’t then taking around 1,000 to 2,000 IUs each day is usually pretty safe.
#5. A probiotic.
Everyone knows your gut is important for your overall health and this is also true for your thyroid (8).
Improving your gut will impact your thyroid by:
- Improving the immune system
- Balancing the gut microbiome
- Increasing the absorption of nutrients from food and supplements
- And by increasing the activation of thyroid hormones
Better gut health means better thyroid health. Period.
And one of the best and faster ways to improve your gut health is by taking a probiotic.
Contrary to what you’ve been told, most probiotics only work for a short period of time and do NOT colonize the GI tract.
Beneficial probiotic species provide benefits as they pass through the GI tract but they do NOT stick around.
While they pass by, they exert their beneficial effects by antagonizing the bad or unwanted bacterial species and by supporting the beneficial ones.
This is why taking a probiotic only helps you temporarily and why you need to keep taking it long-term.
Some species, like some soil-based organisms, do stick around and colonize the GI tract and provide long-term benefits.
For thyroid health, I would recommend using a combination of probiotic species so you can take advantage of both the short-term benefits and long-term benefits.
Using a combination of soil-based organisms and lacto and bifido species will do just that.
Taking these 5 supplements every single day will provide huge benefits to your thyroid by keeping it healthy and active.
And, by the way, if you’re trying to optimize your thyroid with the use of supplements then make sure to check out this article which outlines the WORST supplements you could possibly take for your thyroid.
By taking the right supplements and by avoiding the wrong ones, you can be sure that you are taking steps in the right direction to start feeling better.
But don’t be fooled:
For proper thyroid optimization, you will need to do more than just take supplements.
Now I want to hear from you:
Are you currently taking any of the supplements on this list?
Did any of the supplements listed here surprise you? Or were you already aware of this information?
Are you planning on adding any to your existing regimen?
Leave your questions or comments below!