Is Sea Moss Good for Hyperthyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Sea moss is bad for hyperthyroidism because it has too much iodine and other substances that can worsen the condition and cause thyroid storm.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that affects your thyroid gland, a small organ in your neck that produces hormones that regulate your metabolism, heart rate, and other body 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, and irregular heartbeat.

One of the key factors in managing hyperthyroidism is diet.

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

To effectively manage hyperthyroidism, you should consume low-iodine foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean meats and avoid high-iodine foods like seaweed, dairy products, eggs, and iodized salt.

Now, sea moss is a type of seaweed that has a high iodine content.

People usually consume sea moss as a gel, powder, capsule, or gummy to get its nutritional benefits.

Sea moss is bad for hyperthyroidism because it contains too much iodine.

Iodine is essential for thyroid function, but excess iodine can worsen hyperthyroidism and cause thyroid storm, a life-threatening condition that can lead to heart failure, coma, or death.

Sea moss is bad for all types of hyperthyroidism, whether caused by Graves’ disease, thyroid nodules, thyroiditis, or other factors.

Iodine can negatively affect hyperthyroidism by stimulating the thyroid gland to produce more hormones and increasing the risk of thyroid inflammation and autoimmune reactions.

Furthermore, sea moss is a seaweed and seaweeds are bad for hyperthyroidism because they can also contain other substances that can interfere with thyroid function, such as goitrogens, heavy metals, and contaminants.

That’s why I suggest you limit your sea moss intake to avoid worsening your hyperthyroidism and its complications.

Stick to less than 150 micrograms of iodine per day, which is the recommended dietary allowance for adults.

More than that can cause thyroid storm, allergic reactions, stomach upset, and bleeding.

Also, you shouldn’t consume sea moss if you have hyperthyroidism to prevent thyroid storm.

Because sea moss can interact with your thyroid medications and make them less effective.

You can buy sea moss online or offline, but you should be careful about the quality and purity of the product.

Always choose organic, wildcrafted, and sustainably harvested sea moss from reputable sources.

Because sea moss can be contaminated with harmful substances like pesticides, herbicides, and radiation.

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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