Is Turmeric Good for Hypothyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Turmeric is good for hypothyroidism. Because it has curcumin and it can reduce inflammation and provide antioxidants.

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, hair loss, weight gain, and cold intolerance.

One of the key factors in managing hypothyroidism is diet.

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

To effectively manage hypothyroidism, you should consume iodine, selenium, and zinc rich foods like seaweed, Brazil nuts, and oysters and avoid soy, cruciferous vegetables, and gluten if they cause you issues.

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

People usually use it in cooking for its flavor and color, or take it as a supplement.

Turmeric is good for hypothyroidism because it contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

However, if you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a type of hypothyroidism, you should be cautious as turmeric can cause issues in some individuals.

One tablespoon of turmeric can give you 26% of daily manganese needs, 16% of daily iron, and 5% of daily potassium.

Curcumin can positively affect hypothyroidism by reducing inflammation.

However, excessive intake can lead to stomach upset, thinning of the blood, and may interfere with certain medications.

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

Because, they can add flavor without adding sodium, which is important for maintaining good health.

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

More than that can cause digestive issues.

Also, you shouldn’t take turmeric supplements if you are suffering from gallbladder issues to prevent worsening of the condition.

Because turmeric can cause contraction of the gallbladder.

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

Because it ensures the absence of pesticides.

You can store them in a cool, dry place away from sunlight for several months.

You can buy turmeric supplements online as well as offline.

To buy it online, there are many brands and marketplaces to choose from.

But as a nutritionist I recommend Pure Encapsulations Curcumin 500 with Bioperine from Medical News Today.

Because it is well-reviewed and includes Bioperine to enhance absorption.

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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