Magnesium and your Thyroid
Many factors contribute to the health of the thyroid gland; environmental, genetics, auto immune conditions and nutritional factors being the most well-known.1
In terms of our nutritional needs there is a lot we can do to support proper functioning of the thyroid, magnesium is a mineral that has a lot to offer. Magnesium is an amazing mineral we all need for good health and especially important for thyroid health. Magnesium is known as nature’s tranquilizer for its calming effect on the nervous system, it supports calcium uptake into the bones, balances hormones and relaxes muscles. It’s also a great aid for sleep.
It’s a mineral we can get from our diet through nuts and green leafy vegetables. While eating these foods on a regular basis will provide good levels of magnesium, it is very easy to lose it through stress, sweat and sugar consumption. It has become a very popular mineral to supplement with and is now part of many peoples supplement regimen.
In thyroid health it supports the conversion of the inactive T4 hormone to the more active T3. Recent studies have shown low serum levels of magnesium associated with increased risk of hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid.2
For the many benefits magnesium has in our diets plus maintaining a healthy thyroid gland include the following magnesium rich foods;
Almonds, cashews, spinach, black beans, avocado, whole grains like brown rice. With leafy greens like spinach it is important to cook them rather than eat raw as it can affect how the thyroid utilises iodine.
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