Is Turmeric Good for Hypothyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Turmeric is good for hypothyroidism. Because it has curcumin and it can help reduce inflammation and support thyroid health.

Hypothyroidism is a condition that affects your thyroid gland.

In hypothyroidism, your body produces insufficient thyroid hormones.

This can lead to various health problems, such as fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance, and depression.

One of the key factors in managing hypothyroidism is diet.

What you consume can affect your thyroid function, which can impact your hypothyroidism symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage hypothyroidism, you should consume iodine, selenium, and zinc rich foods like seaweed, eggs, and meat and avoid soy and certain cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and kale.

Now, turmeric is a spice derived from the Curcuma longa plant.

People usually use it in cooking for flavoring or color, and as a dietary supplement.

Turmeric is good for hypothyroidism because it contains curcumin.

Curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which are beneficial for thyroid health.

One tablespoon of turmeric can give you approximately 26% of your daily manganese needs, 16% of daily iron, 5% of daily potassium, and 3% of daily vitamin C.

Curcumin can positively affect hypothyroidism by reducing inflammation and potentially preventing the reduction of thyroid hormone levels.

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

Because, they can add flavor without adding sodium, which should be limited in a hypothyroidism-friendly diet.

You can consume 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric per day safely.

More than that can cause stomach upset or other side effects.

Also, you shouldn’t consume turmeric supplements if you have/suffering from bile duct obstruction or gallstones to prevent worsening of the condition.

Because turmeric can stimulate the gallbladder.

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

Always choose organic turmeric.

Because it is less likely to be irradiated and free from additives.

You can store them in a cool, 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/dealing with hypothyroidism effectively.

I always recommend my hypothyroidism patients to follow a hypothyroidism-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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