Are Almonds Good for Hypothyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Almonds are good for hypothyroidism. Because they have selenium, magnesium, and vitamin E and they can support thyroid hormone production, metabolism, and function.

Hypothyroidism is a condition that affects your thyroid gland, which is located in the front of your neck and produces hormones that regulate your metabolism.

In hypothyroidism, your body does not produce enough thyroid hormones.

This can lead to various health problems, such as fatigue, weight gain, high cholesterol, depression, and heart disease.

One of the key factors in managing hypothyroidism is diet.

What you consume can affect your thyroid function, which can impact your hypothyroidism symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage hypothyroidism, you should consume iodine-rich foods like seaweed, fish, dairy, and eggs and avoid goitrogenic foods like cruciferous vegetables, soy, and millet.

Now, almonds are seeds that are widely consumed as a snack or added to various dishes.

People usually eat them raw, roasted, or blanched.

Almonds are good for hypothyroidism because they contain selenium, magnesium, and vitamin E.

Selenium is an essential trace element that supports thyroid hormone synthesis and metabolism.

Magnesium is a mineral that helps regulate thyroid function and prevent hypothyroidism-related complications.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects the thyroid gland from oxidative stress and inflammation.

A handful of almonds (about 28 grams) can give you 34% of your daily selenium needs, 20% of your daily magnesium needs, and 37% of your daily vitamin E needs.

Selenium can positively affect hypothyroidism by enhancing the conversion of the inactive thyroid hormone T4 to the active hormone T3.

Magnesium can positively affect hypothyroidism by improving the response of the thyroid gland to thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Vitamin E can positively affect hypothyroidism by reducing the levels of thyroid antibodies and improving the quality of life of hypothyroid patients.

Furthermore, almonds are a source of healthy fats and protein and low in carbohydrates.

Healthy fats and protein are good for hypothyroidism because they help balance blood sugar levels, prevent weight gain, and support immune function.

Carbohydrates are bad for hypothyroidism because they can increase insulin resistance, inflammation, and thyroid hormone resistance.

You can eat a handful of almonds per day safely.

More than that can cause digestive issues, such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

Also, you shouldn’t eat almonds if you have a nut allergy to prevent anaphylaxis.

Because almonds can trigger a severe allergic reaction in some people.

You can buy fresh almonds in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose organic, raw, and unsalted almonds.

Because organic almonds are free of pesticides and chemicals, raw almonds retain their nutrients and enzymes, and unsalted almonds are better for your blood pressure and sodium intake.

You can store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to a year.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing hypothyroidism effectively.

I always recommend my hypothyroidism patients to follow a hypothyroidism-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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