Is Turmeric Good for Hyperthyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Turmeric is good for hyperthyroidism. Because it has curcumin and it can reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, and thyroid hormone levels.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that affects your thyroid gland, a small butterfly-shaped organ in your neck.

In hyperthyroidism, your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, which regulates your metabolism and other body functions.

This can lead to various health problems, such as rapid heartbeat, weight loss, anxiety, insomnia, 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, green tea, and dark chocolate, and avoid foods rich in iodine, such as seaweed, dairy products, and iodized salt.

Now, turmeric is a spice that comes from the root of a plant in the ginger family.

It has a bright yellow color and a warm, earthy flavor.

People usually use turmeric to add color and flavor to curries, soups, and rice dishes.

Turmeric is good for hyperthyroidism because it contains curcumin, a natural compound that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Curcumin can help reduce the inflammation and oxidative stress that are associated with hyperthyroidism.

Curcumin can also modulate the immune system and inhibit the production of thyroid-stimulating hormone, which can help balance thyroid hormones in hyperthyroidism.

One teaspoon of turmeric can give you about 200 mg of curcumin, which is about 3% of your daily needs.

Curcumin can positively affect hyperthyroidism by reducing inflammation, oxidative stress, and thyroid hormone levels.

Furthermore, turmeric is a spice and spices are good for hyperthyroidism.

Because, spices can help boost your metabolism, improve your digestion, and enhance your immune system.

You can eat up to one teaspoon of turmeric per day safely.

More than that can cause stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea, and kidney stones.

Also, you shouldn’t eat turmeric if you have gallstones, bleeding disorders, or diabetes to prevent complications.

Because, turmeric can worsen these conditions by increasing bile production, thinning blood, and lowering blood sugar.

You can buy fresh turmeric in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose organic and pure turmeric, because conventional and adulterated turmeric may contain pesticides, heavy metals, and artificial colors.

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

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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