Thyroid Supplements and You
Do thyroid supplements work?
The answer is yes and you probably wouldn’t be here if you thought otherwise.
But I do want to take a second to explain just how important I think they are.
After treating literally thousands of thyroid patients, I’ve seen firsthand just how effective thyroid supplements can be.
I prefer to use them in combination with other therapies and even in conjunction with thyroid medication.
In my experience, this is the single most effective way to use these supplements.
I’ve also found that there are many people with thyroid disease who are simply afraid to use thyroid supplements!
This is a huge problem because many of these people could stand to benefit greatly by using them but they aren’t.
The reason for this article is to highlight several thyroid supplements and to explain which ones I think are the best for the coming year of 2022.
If you’ve never considered trying or using supplements to support your thyroid then I would urge you to strongly consider them!
If you’ve never heard of me before, I’m Dr. Childs and I have spent the last 6-7 years focusing solely on treating thyroid patients and helping them understand how to use medications, thyroid hormone, supplements, diet, exercise, and so on.
I also sell thyroid supplements on this very website and I’ve sold over 100,000 bottles to date.
The reason I bring this up is so that you know I’ve spent hundreds of hours learning how to use thyroid supplements to help thyroid patients.
In this article, you will find what I think to be the most important aspects to consider if you want to use thyroid supplements.
I think you will find this information VERY helpful if you are a thyroid patient as I break apart various aspects of thyroid supplementation and how they are useful and effective.
The Best Thyroid Supplements of 2022
In no particular order…
If I were a thyroid patient in the year 2022 knowing what I know right now these are the supplements that I would consider using.
Below you will find the basic ingredient list, what I like about these supplements, what I don’t like about these supplements, and how I would consider
#1. T3 Conversion Booster (Dr. Westin Childs)
I’m obviously biased here but I have to include my own product.
After using plenty of supplements to help thyroid patients, I’ve learned that there really is no one-size-fits-all supplement that EVERY thyroid patient should be on.
Even though I feel that my products are the best for thyroid conditions out there, there are still some people who are sensitive to certain ingredients, people who can’t swallow certain size pills, and other factors which influence how effective a supplement is.
This is why even though I consider my products to be the best, you should still be aware of other products in case you can’t tolerate a certain supplement or if you just need to switch it up on occasion.
This particular product, T3 Conversion Booster, is only one of many supplements that I have targeted at treating the thyroid but I’ve included it here because it excels at doing a couple of very important things:
#1. Support T4 to T3 conversion.
#2. Supporting both thyroid and adrenal function.
T4 to T3 conversion is probably the single most important factor when it comes to how you feel when using both thyroid hormones (medications) and thyroid supplements.
This is because this conversion process helps your body create the most important thyroid hormone known as T3.
Without T3 you simply won’t feel better.
Along with the T4 to T3 boosting ingredients you will find adrenal adaptogens (in the form of Ashwagandha) and anti-inflammatory ingredients which further support thyroid function in an indirect way.
I’ve created this product to really be hyper-focused on improving T4 to T3 conversion because I feel that it is better to use other supplements to focus on factors such as thyroid hormone production, the thyroid-adrenal connection, and thyroid hormone sensitivity.
I’ve found much more success in using SEVERAL targeted thyroid supplements rather than one broad thyroid support supplement.
This product focuses on the T4 to T3 conversion aspect with some spillover into the thyroid-adrenal connection.
- Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate) 1500 IU
- Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 200 IU
- Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate) 50 IU
- Iodine (from organic Icelandic kelp) 75 mcg
- Zinc (as zinc citrate) 5mg
- Selenium (as L-selenomethionine) 100mcg
- Guggulsterones 50mg
- Rosemary Extract 50mg
- Ashwagandha) 50mg
What I like:
T3 Conversion Booster contains both Zinc and Selenium (in highly absorbable forms) to support thyroid conversion and to help reduce thyroid gland inflammation.
It also contains thyroid-specific botanicals (guggul extract) which have been shown in studies to support thyroid function as well as reduce inflammation.
All of the ingredients are in therapeutic dosages which have been shown in various medical research studies to positively impact thyroid gland function.
It also contains both Iodine and Selenium together to ensure that the iodine does not cause any negative effects (Selenium protects against iodine-induced thyroid gland inflammation and damage and is the safest way to supplement with iodine).
What I don’t like:
I have the advantage here because I always pay attention to the reasons that people return my products.
And while it doesn’t happen very often (only about 2% of the time), I’ve noticed that the main reason for returns on T3 Conversion Booster is that it is a little bit too strong.
Unfortunately, this product seems to be a tad powerful which means that sensitive individuals may get a reaction that makes them feel a little bit jittery.
This is probably related to the fact that T3 Conversion Booster contains adrenal adaptogens and stimulating ingredients (and botanicals) which boost the conversion process.
These ingredients can certainly be overstimulating to certain individuals while other people use it and don’t see any negative side effects.
Because of this I’ve kept T3 Conversion Booster as a strong supplement and have introduced more gentle supplements for those people who need it.
#2. Thyroid Support System (Dr. Axe)
*Note: this supplement is no longer available so I am looking for a replacement supplement to list here.
Next on this list is a Thyroid Support System supplement by Dr. Axe.
I’ve included this supplement here because Dr. Axe has a quality line of supplements (other supplements) and has previous clinical experience in treating patients holistically.
While he doesn’t treat patients now (as far as I know), that information can still be useful in formulating future products.
- Selenium 49.5mcg
- Thyroid balance botanical blend 1445mg (kelp, ashwagandha extract)
- Tonic mushroom, microalgae, and mineral blend (purple corn, turkey tail, spirulina, blue-green algae, chlorella, Himalayan shilajit, reishi, shiitake, maitake, fermented silver, fermented gold)
- Soil and plant based probiotic and prebiotic blend 5 billion CFU (saccharomyces boulardii, bacillus clausii, bacillus coagulans, bacillus subtilis, bacteriophage blend)
What I like:
I really like that Dr. Axe has a solid foundation of knowledge regarding what it takes to heal the body in a holistic way and this is represented in this thyroid support supplement.
You see a range of ingredients that help with detoxification pathways, help support mental cognition, help reduce inflammation, and help support the gut.
The soil-based probiotics are a good addition to a group of patients (thyroid patients) who suffer from gut-related issues.
I love the idea of adding probiotics to a thyroid support supplement because as much as 20% of thyroid conversion occurs here (1).
This is a great idea and it’s something that I also frequently recommend to my own patients and those who are looking for thyroid supplements.
While these ingredients certainly help support multiple tissues and systems in the body, the ingredients are incredibly light when it comes to actually target your thyroid!
What I don’t like:
These ingredients are certainly not what I would consider supportive of thyroid function.
In fact, most of these ingredients are more targeted toward detoxification and gut health with the only true “thyroid-specific” ingredients being the kelp, selenium, and ashwagandha.
I would definitely consider this supplement as part of an overall thyroid support supplement regimen (being one of several supplements) but it definitely lacks the ability to really move the needle in terms of thyroid hormone conversion and thyroid hormone cellular sensitivity.
Using this supplement may definitely help improve digestion which can indirectly improve thyroid function, but you’ll often get much better results by first focusing on thyroid conversion and THEN on your gut with another supplement entirely.
I like the approach, but I feel that there need to be more ingredients to support thyroid function.
#3. Thytrophin PMG (Standard Process)
When I first started practicing 4-5 years ago I noticed that a lot of patients were taking (or had been taking) this particular supplement known as Thytrophin PMG by Standard Process.
In fact, I walked into a clinic that had previously used this product.
We were able to, through a variety of therapies and changes to supplements, get much better results than they were getting before.
Because of this experience, I’ve never been a huge fan of Thytrophin PMG but I will also say that I have seen certain individuals get great results with Standard Process supplements in general.
Standard Process supplements are often used mostly by Chiropractors, so if you currently see a chiropractor which specializes in thyroid management there’s a good chance that you’ve at least heard of this supplement.
PMG stands for Protomorphogen extract and it’s a type of extract derived from nucleoprotein mineral molecules.
I’m not exactly clear how they derive this but it does seem to appear to be derived from an animal base (typically bovine).
Using their own material, my best guess is that they drive the PMG extract for Thytrophin PMG from bovine thyroid gland.
The good news is that they remove any traces of thyroid hormone in the gland (in this case Thyroxine) but the bad news is that the product is still animal-derived (mostly).
This means that there is a small risk of reactions to the animal proteins and amino acids similar to what is seen in brands of NDT like Armour thyroid.
This is both a good and a bad thing and something you should be aware of.
They make the claim that it targets and neutralizes circulating antibodies but they don’t specify to which antibodies it binds and destroys.
I can only assume they are referring to antithyroid antibodies but this isn’t made clear by their statements.
- Calcium 30mg
- Propriety Blend 109mg (magnesium citrate and bovine thyroid PMG extract which is processed to remove its thyroxine)
What I like:
I’m actually a big fan of using animal products to target and treat hormone imbalances.
I like the fact that the main ingredient seems to be derived from a bovine source and that it most likely contains ingredients found in the thyroid gland of animals.
I’ve always found these types of ingredients to be very effective at improving thyroid-related symptoms and improving thyroid function in general.
In fact, I have a couple of products that contain animal products and they are among my top-performing supplements.
Having said that, though, I find that using bovine adrenal glands tends to be more effective than using bovine thyroid glands.
Unfortunately, while this is its biggest pro it’s also its biggest con (mostly because we just don’t know what is included in the PMG extract).
What I don’t like:
I’m not a fan of the fact that we have limited information regarding what is included in this PMG extract, how it works to remove autoantibodies, and what other ingredients may be included in this proprietary blend.
I also don’t like the fact that the ingredients most likely include thyroid gland extract.
I am basing this assumption on the fact that they clearly state that Thyroxine (T4) has been removed from the blend.
While it’s a good thing that you don’t take extra T4 from over-the-counter supplements, it’s also a potential issue due to the fact that it is theoretically possible for some of that T4 to spill into batches and interfere with thyroid medication.
The chances of this happening are quite small but it’s still a real risk.
And we have several reported instances of over-the-counter thyroid supplements being contaminated with actual T4 thyroid hormone despite the ingredient list suggesting otherwise.
While I’m not a huge fan of Thytrophin PMG I do know several people who swear by the product and have had great results.
I consider this particular supplement to be in a category or niche of its own and it’s something I would turn to in cases where standard supplements fail.
You never know when those enzymes or amino acids found in animal thyroid glands come in handy and may improve your thyroid function dramatically.
#4. Thyroid Support Complex (Pure Encapsulations)
I’m a big fan of supplements by Pure Encapsulations, as they take steps to ensure that their products are free of artificial ingredients, GMO products, and so on.
They have a wide range of over-the-counter supplements and among them is a thyroid support complex which is what we are focusing on here.
- Vitamin a 750 mcg
- Vitamin c 150mg
- Vitamin D3 200 IU
- Iodine 150 mcg
- Zinc 20mg
- Selenium 200mcg
- L-tyrosine 500mg
- Ashwagandha 400mg
- Forskholii 100mg
- Guggul 150mg
- Turmeric 100mg
What I like:
The ingredient list that you see above is actually fairly good.
It has a decent spread of ingredients that cover thyroid function, thyroid conversion, and other quality ingredients such as guggul and turmeric.
This product is fairly comparable to my own product T3 Conversion Booster which is probably why I like it.
What I don’t like:
The main downside to Thyroid Support Complex is that it is overstimulating given the ingredients which focus on T4 to T3 conversion such as guggul.
Much like T3 Conversion Booster, people who are sensitive may react to these ingredients and get a sort of nervous energy or jittery energy.
If you are particularly sensitive, then you may want to avoid these ingredients.
Aside from this, though, this thyroid support complex is a potentially great option for supporting T4 to T3 conversion.
#5. Thyroid Support (1 Daily)
I wanted to review this product because it’s a classic example of a Thyroid Support supplement that many thyroid patients may try, especially those who don’t have a deep understanding of thyroid function and/or how the thyroid works.
This particular product is really only found on Amazon which means we really don’t have a lot of information regarding who is producing it, where the ingredients are sourced, who formulated the product, and what other products they are supporting.
I am typically very cautious when purchasing these types of products on Amazon because there is no face behind the product or any of the information listed above.
It doesn’t mean the product is terrible, but I would have more faith in the product if I knew that it was backed (or at least formulated) by physicians or providers who understand thyroid complexity and thyroid function in its entirety.
- Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 100mcg
- Iodine (amino acid chelate) 150mcg
- Zinc (oxide) 8mg
- Selenium (amino acid chelate) 200mcg
- Copper 200mcg
- Manganese 2mg
- Molybdenum 50mcg
- L-Tyrosine 300mg
- Schizandra 160mg
- Coleus Forskholii 160mg
- Kelp 100mg
- Ashwagandha 120mg
- Bladderwrack 50mg
- Cayenne Pepper 30mg
What I like:
In general, this product does seem to hit a number of important processes that thyroid patients would want.
It has ingredients that target T4 to T3 conversion, it contains adrenal adaptogens used to target adrenal function, it has iodine to support thyroid hormone production, and it even has anti-inflammatory ingredients.
The strongest area of this particular supplement is that it does indeed have a widespread of ingredients.
But I think this widespread of ingredients is also one of its biggest disadvantages (explained below).
What I don’t like:
This is a classic example of a supplement that is trying to do ‘everything’.
Remember when I mentioned that it’s important for your thyroid supplement to target specific pathways?
This particular supplement has a great spread of ingredients, but those ingredients are spread too thin to have a noticeable impact.
You have a couple of adrenal adaptogens (in low doses), some pro-thyroid conversion ingredients (Zinc and selenium), and some anti-inflammatory ingredients.
The main problem here is that when you try to be a jack of all trades you end up a master of none.
It also has multivitamin-Esque ingredients such as molybdenum, manganese, and copper which are somewhat out of place.
The zinc is in the wrong form (zinc oxide is the cheapest and least absorbable form of Zinc (2)) and the Selenium is in an amino acid chelate versus bound to a more absorbable form.
We don’t have information on the quality of the ingredients here but I would suspect that the quality of these ingredients may not be the highest given the formulations of those ingredients mentioned above.
So, despite having a good spread of ingredients, they are not in the right formulations or in high enough doses to have a meaningful impact on most people.
Your Next Steps
If you haven’t used thyroid supplements in the past then I would strongly encourage you to consider them in the year 2022.
Even if you have used them and didn’t see the results you were looking for I would recommend that you take a look at this list.
It’s very possible (and I see it all the time) that thyroid patients used cheap thyroid support supplements with bad ingredients that simply don’t work.
They then assume that all supplements must be bad and that they don’t work.
Avoid this type of thinking! It’s very possible to have a bad experience with one supplement only to find that another works VERY well for you.
Now I want to hear from you:
Have you used any of the supplements listed here?
If so, which one did you use?
Did it work for you? Did you notice a big change?
Why or why not?
If you used a different type of supplement (or are considering trying a new one) leave your comment about that one below!
39 thoughts on “The Best Thyroid Supplements of The Year (2022 Edition)”
Hi Dr. Childs,
I have been following you for years since the early days when you were first on the web learning and sharing your insights!! You were a Godsend and your emails were a blessing to me and my health! Thank you so much!!
Amazing how many people you have reached and helped and now have your own store!! There is no one out there who knows as much as you do about the thyroid and how it is affected and helped!! You have helped me and so many others immensely! I am sooo grateful to you for sharing your knowledge and it is an answer to a prayer as there are just not enough drs out in the cities and suburbs and rural areas to deal with these chronic and formerly baffling conditions that can ruin a person’s or family’s life
When I had my youngest son almost 20 yrs ago an old time Canadian surgeon turned pain specialist and Naturopath adjusted me for after birthing hip pain then told me he thought I might need pig thyroid. I was nursing a baby so I was not open to medication at that visit but he just thought i had a bit too much weight for a nursing mom asked what I ate and said he felt I had subclinical thyroid issue.Being quite elderly he closed practice soon after and also moved away and I could not get another dr to ever confirm I had thyroid issues which if caught early could have been healed but I didnt get a diagnosis until I basically had a thyroid storm and by then it was too late! I spent 10 years with debilitaing thyroid symptoms and weight fluctuations and drs and others gaslighting and insulting me saying I just ate too much and didnt exercise enough [granted i was not obese just somewhat overweight then) when I actually ate sparingly and exercised alot while running after 3 kids and a home. It was mind boggling because I knew something was wrong and I would tell them about the old dr who said I had subclinical thyroid yrs before and they just thought he was a quack.
That old dr was so wise and he had been a spine surgeon MD and an Internist MD plus a Chiropracter and learning effective ancient medicine techniques too after traveling the world as a missionary DR but other ineffective Drs who could not discover a simple thyroid abnormality were calling Him a quack! I love Drs, one of my relatives was one of the best surgeons in the world and saved many lives, but all are limited in their knowledge so we have to advocate for ourselves.
I have been using a large amount of supplements and had wondered about my daily regimen being what you might call the “Frankenstein ” method of supplementation, though they help me and keep me from the horrors of the yrs ago thyroid symptoms that had me almost dead in my tracks it all does really add up in your system and moneywise every month along with my already 35 dollar a month script for daily 60mg Armour. The thing is I am doing pretty good overall and hate to upset the apple cart by making a switch to my supplements as I have experienced that even making a small change in thyroid care can be so noticed or felt in both my energy level and overall appearance,etc. I would switch to your Conversion Booster and your whole line and multi but I am apprehensive for the switch in both my body’s response and costly changes as I currently try ,out of financial and health necessity,to economically stock up on needed supplements when I am able and whenever on sale etc I take two capsules of Gaia herbs thyroid support with another Holistic Thyroid Support together each day and my thyroid and body are so used to that level that I am scared to go without them – if I do, I crash after a few days and i look completely different too. So along with those I daily take D3,B complex, Zinc, Iron, Fish Oil,NAC, and when I can afford them enzymes or probiotics and catalase. If I can I take a good turmeric too . I drink Dandelion leaf tea and glutothione containing foods too to help with water retention and detox issues. Every little bit helps.
I try to avoid gluten and dairy as much as possible as they bother my gut and so i assume my thyroid too. and feel always better for that!! The big thing for me is not just thyroid but hormone balancing and it feels like a daily high wire act! Not sure if Vitex or DHEA is answer I have tried DHEA and it seems to help fight estrogen dominance but too much DHEA for too long seems to promote estrogen again. Ive heard that taking Vitex cancels out DHEA,not sure? Vitex seems to get rid of fibroids so that is good thing leading into menopause- the estrogen dominance is bad for fibroids. Anyhow These many supplements which are quite costly seem to keep me at a fairly optimum level given the day’s stressors. Still I fight extra weight tho!! UGGH the worst symptom for esteem! I have had many undo strains over the years plus a lot of tragic times over the yrs and in recent years too that have sent my thyroid spinning and reeling from the strain. Stress is a big problem today and moms are doing way too much in a day so many are getting thyroid overloaded with too much strain. My worst issues started with too much stress on the body at same time as emotional strain of death of family members etc. That is when I noticed my thyroid started to really go kinda haywire but I did not know what it was exactly at the time.. Modern life, which some think is too easy living, can feel for others like we are constantly running from a saber tooth tiger with a break here and there. The adrenaline keeps pumping and the Cortisol keeps pumping and there is no saber tooth at all just everyday or extra circumstance stress. Anyway Dr. Childs you are awesome and keep up the great work!
I’m glad you’ve been following me since the beginning! And thanks for sharing your story. I’m personally not a huge fan of DHEA because I think there are better options but I do occasionally recommend it, it just depends on the circumstance.
Dr Child’s, I have Hashimotos. I take Armour 60 gr daily and dr axes’s Actalin. Currently doing okay but still tired in early evenings. Your T3 Conversion Booster seems to have different ingredients. Do you think it would be good to switch?
It’s possible, yes, but hard to say for sure. Each person reacts differently to supplements!
Hi Dr. Childs. I am interested in a thyroid support supplement (I currently take 37.5 mcg Synthroid and 50 mcg Cytomel daily). However, I have a nightshades allergy and I notice all these supplements contain ashwaganda. Is there something you’d recommend that does not contain ashwaganda?
Thank you for all the information you provide on your website! It is so very useful!
Yes, if you want to avoid ashwagandha then this product would be ideal: https://www.restartmed.com/product/thyroid-adrenal-reset-complex/
On this webpage, there is a typo in the list of ingredients for T3 Conversion Booster. Iodine should be listed at 75 mcg (not 50 IU).
You are 100% correct! It should be fixed now 🙂 Thanks for letting me know.
I’m not currently taking any thyroid medication but having difficulty losing weight. Is it ok to take your T-3 Conversion Booster? I have had labs in the past that you have looked over and my T-3 was always at the lower part of the range. I’m currently taking progesterone 100 mg (lowered it from 200 mg as you suggested) and also testosterone cream (5mg) once a day. Feel pretty good not much of an appetite so you’d think I’d be losing weight but my body is being stubborn even though I walk a couple times a week as well. Just thought your booster might boost me a little ? What are your thoughts? Thank you
T3 conversion booster is great for improving both thyroid function and T3 levels but I wouldn’t use it primarily as a weight loss supplement. It can and does help certain people lose weight but this is an added bonus and I wouldn’t count on it helping with weight loss simply due to the numerous factors involved in weight regulation.
Hi, can you recommend any thyroid supplements that are available in Australia?
Unfortunately, I don’t know of any alternatives to my own thyroid supplements. The patients I’ve treated in Australia usually just order my own products and have them shipped there via international mail. If the shipping cost is prohibitive then you’d want to find something which has similar ingredients and try that. Just realize you may not get the same results!
Havent Used Any Of These. Interested In Hearing Your Review Of Enzymatic Therapy -Metabolic Advantage Thyroid & Life Extension’s -Triple Action Thyroid Formula Which Alot Of People Try Due To Life Extension Magazine & Reputation As “Well Researched Hi Quality Doc’ Supp. s…….
I’m not really familiar with that product but I’ll look into it!
I’ve been taking Pure Encapsulations Thyroid Support Complex but only one capsule a day. I also take a very high concentrated multi vitamin from Mother Earth labs. It already has 30mg of zinc so I do not want that much zinc. I do like the hefty ashwagandha in Pure Encapsulations. Thinking of switching to your T3 conversion Booster. Like the kelp iodine in small amount. Have TPO of 6 and leary of higher iodine.
You should be getting iodine from some source if you aren’t already. I think T3 conversion booster works very well but I’m obviously a little biased 🙂
Hallo i have been following tou for quite some time since i started gaining weight for no reason at all. I am a dancer and a very busy mum of 4 kids.. last year i noticed that i started putting slowly weight on and feeling exhusted even with doing something very simple like hoovering or shopping. I would sleep for hours wake up and sleep again. Also i started having some palpitations and difficulty breathing ( note i was extremely thin with very low body fat i was also doing body building at that time and preparing for a dance show) i went to a doctor ( or three) but they all gave me tyrosint and say i had hypothyrodism suddently) i did not believe them cause i wasnt feeling well even with the pill. Any how to cut a long story short i found a regenerative and antiaging center here in Greece and discovered that i have adrenal fatigue and high T3 /rt3 ration . They gave me all sort o things together with armour which saved my life and also treated my SIBO! But now i want to get pregnant and they told me i have to stop armour cause not enough t4 will get to the baby and i am terrified of what the consequences will be. They say there is no scientific info that armour is safe in pregnancy and i cant find a doctor here in greece to support me. Any ideas please?????
I put a ton of information about using T3 in pregnancy in this post (including links to scientific research): https://www.restartmed.com/using-t3-thyroid-hormone-during-pregnancy-is-it-safe/
I would make sure to read that and show your doctors the studies listed at the bottom!
Hi Dr. Childs,
I’ve been reading your emails for the last 6months or so. I’ve been treated for Hashimoto’s for about 10 years.I take armor 60mg. daily. I try to stay somewhat off of gluten, no dairy, I exercise 3-5 days per week, I’m 5’6, 155 lbs but feel like I live on a constant diet. I gain weight so easy. It’s such a daily battle. I have taken sooo many supplements, zinc, selenium, ashwaganda, D3, probiotics, tumeric, etc…about 3 months ago I stopped taking everything but the armour. I can say honestly, I don’t feel any better or worse. I can’t afford all those supplements, especially when I don’t feel better taking them. If I was to take 1-2 of your supplements, what do you recommend? my latest lab:
T3 Reverse 11
Thank you for your time,
I would change up your supplement regimen and just take these two for a few months:
They work via a different mechanism than the supplements you used to take.
Thanks for the over view of the products and what the ingredients help with. Being that I do not have a Thyroid gland; I was skeptical with trying Thyroid Supplements. All those ingredients and what part they played in the process – I was not sure about. Having been deprived by the typical Dr. route of using t4 only far too long, I wanted a more appropriate medication that included t3. Well, I made the test run for myself about 6 weeks ago picking up a Thyroid Supplement and I am thrilled. For the first time in years the brain fog has lifted, my hair has stopped falling out, I have stamina to get through my basic day, I could go on. I will be heading in to do testing to see where my labs are soon as I work towards optimizing my body needs.
Thank you for all the information you provide Dr. Childs.
Happy to help!
Some good information on this site. In fact, I’ve recommended it to someone in need of some general information.
But, too much hawking of your own products, both in this article and in the comments section. This detracts from the credibility of what you offer.
I provide information I think will be helpful 🙂 I happen to believe both my information and products are the best out there so I won’t be shy about saying so. Having said that, I do appreciate the feedback.
Ihave taken some of the ingredients but I am very sensitive and do not take supplements except as individual supplements so Iknow if I am having a problem what it is. Often it might be the additives. I stay awayw\ from as much as possible, My problem is that my TSH swings from high t o low and changing the dose only works a little while and then I am back to having t change the dose again. I have to be in the low end of what they say is normal here.If it is over 2 I do not feel well and at 3 I know I am not well. Ican swing from .3-4.2 in four months
I take almost all the ingredients in the T3 Booster and Thyroid Support System daily, except for retinyl palmitate, guggul and purple corn. My current supplements include Vitamin A as beta carotene. I also use holy basil (tulsi) and eleuthero included in my Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee powder. When I use up the mushroom coffee, I will switch to Buddha Teas Mushroom Wellness blend to remove the caffeine per the “Supplements that harm your thyroid” blog.
I switched from vegan and vegetarian diets that did not work for me to a paleo, grain-free, soy free diet. The supplements do work to increase T3 conversion but not enough to eliminate the need for prescription natural dessicated thyroid.
I ordered the T3 Booster and Adrenal Support complex to get to a healthy form of retinyl palmitate and prepare to remove my supplemented whey-based protein powder because of the dairy. Unfortunately, Dr Child’s protein powder has rice (a grain) so I did not order it.
I have had high reverse T3 every time I tested it (>25) and found the likely causes in the “High Reverse T3 Treatment” blog to likely be true for my situation – inadvertently not eating enough calories and inflammation from repeat injuries. I was underfed and undereating since birth and finally realized it last Christmas The only advantage is that the calorie restriction makes me stay young looking without having to work at it. Luckily, my hypothyroidism does not cause weight gain either.
I was also wary of making any changes to the large amount of supplements prescribed to me until I read the blogs from Dr Childs and Paleo Cardiologist The Drs Wolfson. It helped me understand how the body works in case I can’t get an appointment with my doctor right away during this craze.
I’m hoping that Dr. Childs will write a blog about congential hypothyroidism / early childhood hypothyroidism and what to do about it. The MicahBoyGenius blog that I found about it said it caused autism in their young kids. Since I’m exceptionally intelligent, I’m not sure how it would be relevant to my situation.
I’ll add it to the list of future blog posts 🙂
What do you think about Thyroid Synergy by Designs for Health?
You mentioned there are other products, other than your conversion booster, that are better for individuals that tend to be more sensitive. What are these products?
This is the one I was referring to:
Dear Dr Childs,
These are my results. The TSH and Free T3 have remained similar for 20 years using only supplements. I had not previously seen results for Free ThyroxineX or had an antibody test. I would appreciate your advice.
I am 72 and generally well, weigh 66kgs, 5′ 7″, BP 75/120, pulse 45, working and active.
While the T3 has never dropped out of range, the TSH has been higher but never goes below 12.00. Should I just be grateful or is there something that would support my Thyroid in responding to the messages from the Pituitary?
I would appreciate your advice – and am grateful for the work you do.
TSHX 12.10 mIU/L (Range: 0.27 – 4.2)
Free T3 3.5 pmol/L (Range: 3.1 – 6.8)
Free ThyroxineX 10.5 pmol/l (Range: 12 – 22) +
Thyroglobulin AntibodiesX 186.0 IU/mL (Method used for Anti-Tg: Roche Modular(Range: 0 – 115)
Thyroid Peroxidase AntibodiesX >600.0 IU/mL
Hi Dr. Child’s! Do you have or know of any product that focuses on increases T3 directly without relying on the conversation of T4 to T3 for those who have issues converting? TIA!
You can either use supplements to support T4 to T3 conversion such as this one: https://www.restartmed.com/product/t3-conversion-booster/
Or you can use the strategies listed here: https://www.restartmed.com/increase-free-t3-naturally/
what thyroid supplement do you recommend for HyperThyroidism? I’m on a dairy free and gluten free diet, looking for supplements too.
I would recommend checking out this bundle: https://www.restartmed.com/product/hyperthyroid-bundle/
You can also find some additional information here: https://www.restartmed.com/hyperthyroid-supplements/
Hi Dr. Child’s,
I am late to the game in discovering you and your research toward better thyroid support. Better late than never!
I recently had a ND recommend Thytrophin PMG and it will be my first time taking this – also taking 60mg Armour.
I was surprised not to see Gaia brand Thyroid Support. Which I’ve used for years. Are you familiar with this brand? Wondering about your pro and con list for it?
Thank you for sharing.
I am familiar with it, I just don’t see people using it as often as the other brands mentioned here. I will make a note and add it to the list of future thyroid supplements to look at when I update this list. Thanks for the suggestion!