Is Apple Good for Hyperthyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Apple is good for hyperthyroidism. Because it has quercetin, fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, and they can lower thyroid hormone levels, regulate blood sugar, boost immunity, and prevent fluid retention.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that affects your thyroid gland, which is located at the front of your neck.

In hyperthyroidism, your body produces too much thyroid hormone, which speeds up your metabolism and affects many organs and systems in your body.

This can lead to various health problems, such as irregular heartbeat, weight loss, anxiety, tremor, and eye problems.

One of the key factors in managing hyperthyroidism is diet.

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

To effectively manage hyperthyroidism, you should consume antioxidant-rich foods like berries, cruciferous vegetables, and vitamin D-rich foods, and avoid iodine-rich foods like seaweed, dairy products, and iodized salt.

Now, apple is a fruit that is widely consumed around the world. People usually eat apples raw, cooked, or juiced.

Apple is good for hyperthyroidism because it contains quercetin, a flavonoid that has anti-inflammatory and anti-thyroid effects.

Quercetin can inhibit the production and activity of thyroid hormones, which can help reduce the symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

Apple also contains fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, which can benefit your heart health, blood sugar control, and digestive function.

One medium apple (200 grams) can give you 4.8 grams of fiber (17% of your daily needs), 9.2 milligrams of vitamin C (10% of your daily needs), and 214 milligrams of potassium (5% of your daily needs).

Quercetin can positively affect hyperthyroidism by lowering the levels of thyroid hormones and reducing inflammation.

Fiber can positively affect hyperthyroidism by slowing down the absorption of sugar and improving bowel movements.

Vitamin C can positively affect hyperthyroidism by boosting your immune system and protecting your cells from oxidative stress.

Potassium can positively affect hyperthyroidism by regulating your blood pressure and preventing fluid retention.

Furthermore, apple is a low-glycemic food and low-glycemic foods are good for hyperthyroidism.

Because, they can prevent spikes in blood sugar and insulin, which can worsen hyperthyroidism and increase the risk of diabetes.

You can eat one to two apples per day safely.

More than that can cause bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

Also, you shouldn’t eat apples if you have an allergy to apples or other fruits in the same family, such as pears and peaches, to prevent an allergic reaction.

Because, they can cause symptoms like itching, swelling, hives, and breathing difficulties.

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

Always choose organic apples or wash them thoroughly to remove any pesticides.

Because, pesticides can interfere with your thyroid function and hormone balance.

You can store them in a cool and dry place for up to two weeks or in the refrigerator for up to two months.

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

I always recommend my hyperthyroidism patients to follow a hyperthyroidism-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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