Are Almonds Bad for Hypothyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Almonds are good for hypothyroidism. Because they have selenium, magnesium, zinc, unsaturated fats, and vitamin E, and they can support thyroid function and prevent cardiovascular complications.

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

In hypothyroidism, your body does not produce enough thyroid hormones, which regulate your metabolism and many other functions.

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

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 edible seeds that are high in protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamin E, and antioxidants.

People usually eat them raw, roasted, or in the form of butter, milk, or flour.

Almonds are good for hypothyroidism because they contain selenium, magnesium, and zinc, which are beneficial for thyroid health.

Selenium is an essential component of the enzymes that convert thyroid hormones.

Magnesium and zinc are involved in the production and regulation of thyroid hormones.

A 1-ounce (28-gram) serving of almonds can give you 27% of the daily value (DV) of selenium, 18% of the DV of magnesium, and 9% of the DV of zinc.

Selenium can prevent oxidative stress and inflammation in the thyroid gland.

Magnesium can improve the activity and sensitivity of thyroid hormones.

Zinc can enhance the function of the pituitary gland, which stimulates the thyroid gland.

Furthermore, almonds are a source of unsaturated fats and vitamin E, and these nutrients are good for hypothyroidism.

Because, they can lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, which are more common in people with hypothyroidism.

You can eat up to 2 ounces (56 grams) of almonds per day safely.

More than that can cause digestive issues, weight gain, and nutrient imbalances.

Also, you shouldn’t eat almonds if you have a nut allergy or a thyroid condition that is caused by iodine deficiency or excess.

Because, they can worsen your symptoms or interfere with your medication.

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

Always choose organic, raw, and unsalted almonds.

Because, they have the highest nutritional value and the lowest risk of contamination.

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.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

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

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