Is Chamomile Tea Good for Hyperthyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Chamomile tea is good for hyperthyroidism. Because it has antioxidants and minerals that can protect your thyroid gland, improve your sleep and mood, and prevent thyroid storm.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that affects your thyroid gland, a small butterfly-shaped organ in your neck that produces hormones that regulate your metabolism, heart rate, temperature, and other functions.

In hyperthyroidism, your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, which can speed up your body’s processes and cause various health problems, such as weight loss, anxiety, tremors, irregular heartbeat, insomnia, and osteoporosis.

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 iodine-rich foods like seaweed, dairy, eggs, and fish, and avoid goitrogenic foods like soy, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.

Iodine is essential for thyroid hormone production, while goitrogens can interfere with it and worsen your condition.

Now, chamomile tea is a herbal infusion made from dried chamomile flowers.

People usually drink chamomile tea for its relaxing, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Chamomile tea is good for hyperthyroidism because it contains antioxidants that may protect your thyroid gland from oxidative stress and reduce the risk of thyroid disease.

According to a study published in 2015, consuming chamomile tea two to six times per week was associated with a 70% lower risk of developing thyroid abnormalities.

Chamomile tea may also help improve your sleep quality and reduce your anxiety, which are common issues for people with hyperthyroidism.

One cup of chamomile tea can give you about 2% of your daily needs of magnesium, 1% of calcium, and 1% of potassium.

These minerals are important for your bone health, blood pressure, and nerve function.

Magnesium can also help regulate your thyroid function and prevent thyroid storm, a life-threatening complication of hyperthyroidism.

Furthermore, chamomile tea is a caffeine-free beverage and caffeine is bad for hyperthyroidism.

Because, caffeine can stimulate your nervous system and aggravate your symptoms, such as anxiety, insomnia, and palpitations.

You can drink three to four cups of chamomile tea per day safely.

More than that can cause allergic reactions, vomiting, or drowsiness.

Chamomile tea may also interact with some medications, such as blood thinners, sedatives, and antidepressants, so consult your doctor before drinking it if you are taking any of these drugs.

Also, you shouldn’t drink chamomile tea if you are pregnant or breastfeeding to prevent miscarriage or premature labor.

Because, chamomile tea may have uterine-stimulating effects.

You can buy dried chamomile flowers or tea bags in your local market or online.

Always choose organic and high-quality products to avoid pesticides and additives.

Because, they can harm your health and reduce the benefits of chamomile tea.

You can store them in a cool, dry, and dark place for up to six 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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