Is Egg Good for Hyperthyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Egg is good for hyperthyroidism. Because it has choline, selenium, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids, which can support thyroid health and function.

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

In hyperthyroidism, your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, which speeds up your body’s metabolism.

This can lead to various health problems, such as rapid heartbeat, weight loss, tremor, difficulty sleeping, 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, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium, like berries, fish, eggs, and cheese.

You should avoid foods rich in iodine, unhealthy fats, and high-glycemic carbs, like seaweed, processed meats, sweets, and white bread.

Now, egg is a nutritious food that contains protein, fat, and various vitamins and minerals.

People usually eat eggs boiled, scrambled, fried, or baked.

Egg is good for hyperthyroidism because it contains choline, selenium, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for thyroid health and function.

However, egg also contains some cholesterol and saturated fat, which may not be suitable for people with high blood cholesterol or heart disease.

One large egg can give you 6.3 grams of protein (13% of your daily needs), 5.3 grams of fat (8% of your daily needs), 147 milligrams of choline (27% of your daily needs), 28 micrograms of selenium (51% of your daily needs), 43.5 international units of vitamin D (11% of your daily needs), and 37 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids (3% of your daily needs).

Choline can support the production of thyroid hormones and the conversion of T4 to T3, the active form of thyroid hormone.

Selenium can protect the thyroid gland from oxidative stress and inflammation, and help regulate thyroid hormone levels.

Vitamin D can modulate the immune system and prevent or reduce the severity of autoimmune thyroid diseases, such as Graves’ disease, which is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism.

Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce inflammation, improve blood lipid profile, and lower the risk of cardiovascular complications associated with hyperthyroidism.

Furthermore, egg is a complete protein source and protein is good for hyperthyroidism.

Because, protein can help maintain muscle mass, which may be lost due to increased metabolism and weight loss in hyperthyroidism.

You can eat one to three eggs per day safely, depending on your individual health condition and dietary needs.

More than that can cause high blood cholesterol, increased risk of heart disease, and allergic reactions in some people.

Also, you shouldn’t eat raw or lightly cooked eggs if you have hyperthyroidism to prevent salmonella infection, which can worsen your symptoms and trigger a thyroid storm, a life-threatening complication of hyperthyroidism.

Because, raw or lightly cooked eggs may contain a germ called salmonella, which can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

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

Always choose eggs that are clean, uncracked, and refrigerated.

Because, these eggs are less likely to be contaminated with bacteria and spoilage.

You can store them in their original carton in the coldest part of the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

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 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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