Is Cashew Nuts Good for Hyperthyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Cashew nuts are good for hyperthyroidism. Because they have magnesium and copper, and they can support bone health and energy production without providing excessive iodine.

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

In hyperthyroidism, your body experiences an overproduction of thyroid hormones.

This can lead to a hypermetabolic state, causing symptoms like rapid heartbeat, weight loss, tremor, and difficulty sleeping.

Complications can include heart issues, osteoporosis, and eye problems.

One of the key factors in managing hyperthyroidism is diet.

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

To effectively manage hyperthyroidism, you should consume foods low in iodine like non-iodized salt, egg whites, and fresh vegetables, and avoid iodine-rich foods like iodized salt, seafood, and dairy products.

Now, cashew nuts are a type of tree nut that people usually eat as a snack or use in various dishes.

Cashew nuts are good for hyperthyroidism because they contain nutrients beneficial for thyroid health without providing excessive iodine.

They are particularly rich in magnesium and copper, which are important for bone health and energy production.

A serving size of around 20 unsalted cashews can give you 178 mg of potassium and more than 10% of the recommended daily intake for iron.

Magnesium can positively affect hyperthyroidism by supporting bone health, which is crucial since hyperthyroidism can lead to weakened bones.

Copper is essential for energy production and maintaining a healthy immune system.

Furthermore, cashew nuts are a source of unsaturated fats, and unsaturated fats are good for hyperthyroidism because they can help reduce the risk of heart disease, which is a concern for those with hyperthyroidism.

You can eat a handful (about 1.5 ounces) of cashew nuts per day safely.

More than that can cause excessive calorie intake, which may lead to weight gain.

That’s why I suggest you limit your cashew nut intake to avoid potential weight gain.

Stick to a handful per day to minimize this risk.

Also, you shouldn’t eat cashew nuts if you have a cashew nut allergy to prevent allergic reactions.

Because cashews are tree nuts, and individuals with tree nut allergies may react to them.

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

Always choose raw or dry roasted cashews to avoid unnecessary calories, sugar, and salt.

You can store them in a cool, dry place.

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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