Are Apples Good for Hyperthyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Apples are good for hyperthyroidism. Because they have quercetin and fiber, which can lower thyroid hormone levels and blood sugar levels, respectively.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that affects your thyroid gland, a small organ in your neck that produces hormones that regulate your metabolism.

In hyperthyroidism, your body produces too much thyroid hormone, which speeds up your body’s functions and causes various symptoms.

This can lead to health problems such as irregular heartbeat, weight loss, anxiety, tremors, 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 foods rich in antioxidants, such as berries, cruciferous vegetables, and vitamin D, and avoid foods rich in iodine, such as seaweed, dairy products, and iodized salt.

Now, apples are round, edible fruits that grow on apple trees.

They are one of the most popular and widely cultivated fruits in the world.

People usually eat them raw, cooked, or juiced.

Apples are good for hyperthyroidism because they contain quercetin, a flavonoid that has anti-inflammatory and antithyroid effects.

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

One medium apple (182 grams) can give you 4.37 grams of fiber (16% of your daily needs), 8.37 milligrams of vitamin C (9% of your daily needs), and 195 milligrams of potassium (4% of your daily needs).

Fiber can help lower your blood sugar levels, improve your digestive health, and increase your satiety.

Vitamin C can help boost your immune system, protect your cells from oxidative stress, and support collagen synthesis.

Potassium can help regulate your fluid balance, nerve signals, and muscle contractions.

Furthermore, apples are a low-glycemic food and have a low glycemic index (GI) of 29–44.

GI is a measure of how food affects the rise in blood sugar levels after eating.

Low-GI foods can help prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes, which can affect your mood and energy levels.

You can eat one to two apples per day safely.

More than that can cause bloating, gas, and diarrhea, especially if you have a sensitive stomach or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Also, you shouldn’t eat apples if you are allergic to them or have oral allergy syndrome, a condition that causes itching and swelling in the mouth and throat after eating certain fruits.

Because apples can trigger an allergic reaction that can worsen your symptoms.

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

Always choose firm, crisp, and brightly colored apples that are free of bruises and blemishes.

Because they are more likely to be fresh and flavorful.

You can store them in a cool, 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.

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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