Is selenium good for thyroid support?
My mother is taking selenium, it says on the bottle, she said that it is making her thyroid swell.
So I'm wondering if it's good for thyroid support.
There is a lot of debate about whether selenium is effective, and there are a number of issues to consider. Here are some links to get you started: Should you take selenium? Selenium and the immune system. Selenium and thyroid function. Selenium and thyroid hormones. Selenium and your thyroid. What does selenium do in the body? It may be worth reading through the links to get a more thorough view of the issue. The one thing you can say for sure is that selenium is not without risk, and it may be risky for you and/or your mother.
My recommendation would be to ask your mother what symptoms she is experiencing, and only take it if she wants to be on the safe side.
How much selenium should I take for thyroid disease?
When I was diagnosed with thyroid disease and Hashimoto's, I started researching my symptoms and trying to figure out what was wrong.
I found that I had very low levels of selenium in my blood. I read that you need 400 mcg per day. This didn't seem right. I read that 1 mg per day is recommended for thyroid problems. I also read that taking more than 100 mcg a day can be toxic.
I took the recommended dose of 400 mcg per day for a while but I felt worse. My doctor said that I had to increase my dose of selenium. I am wondering what to do.
Here are some of the things that I have read about thyroid disease and selenium: Quote: Selenium (Se) is an essential trace element that has many roles in human metabolism. It is a key component of antioxidant enzymes such as glutathione peroxidase, thioredoxin reductase, and iodothyronine deiodinases. Inadequate levels of Se can lead to oxidative stress and oxidative damage to tissues. There is emerging evidence that deficiencies of Se may also play a role in the pathogenesis of thyroid disease. High-Se diets have been shown to increase thyroid hormone levels, whereas low-Se diets have been shown to decrease thyroid hormone levels. These effects are dose dependent. The most commonly prescribed form of supplementation for Se is selenomethionine (SeMet), which is readily bioavailable.
A randomized controlled trial in patients with subclinical hypothyroidism found that SeMet supplementation at doses of 2.5 to 6.0 mg daily for 12 months increased serum T4 concentrations and normalized TSH levels. A meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) showed that SeMet supplementation was beneficial in patients with subclinical hypothyroidism or subclinical hyperthyroidism. In RCTs that investigated Se intake in patients with subclinical hypothyroidism, Se supplementation at doses of 2.5 to 4.0 mg daily for 12 months led to significant improvements in thyroid function.
The thyroid is a part of the endocrine system. It is the only gland whose hormones are needed in order for the body to work. Its function is to make T4 and T3. Thyroid disease occurs when there is a problem with the thyroid gland, such as a tumor or nodule.