Is Turmeric Tea Good for Hyperthyroidism? (Expert Answer)

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

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 weight loss, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, insomnia, and osteoporosis.

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 tea is a drink made from turmeric, a spice with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

People usually drink turmeric tea by boiling water and adding fresh turmeric root or turmeric powder.

Turmeric tea is good for hyperthyroidism because it contains curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

Curcumin can help reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, and autoimmunity, which are all involved in hyperthyroidism.

Curcumin can also modulate the activity of thyroid hormones and prevent thyroid gland enlargement.

One cup of turmeric tea can give you about 200 mg of curcumin, which is about 10% of your daily needs.

Curcumin can positively affect hyperthyroidism by:

  • Inhibiting the production of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which stimulates the thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormones.
  • Suppressing the activity of thyroid peroxidase (TPO), an enzyme that converts iodine into thyroid hormones.
  • Reducing the expression of thyroid hormone receptors, which regulate the cellular response to thyroid hormones.
  • Decreasing the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as TNF-alpha and IL-6, which can trigger autoimmune thyroiditis.
  • Scavenging free radicals, such as reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS), which can damage the thyroid gland and cause oxidative stress.
  • Enhancing the activity of antioxidant enzymes, such as superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT), which can protect the thyroid gland from oxidative stress.

Furthermore, turmeric tea is a herbal tea and herbal teas are good for hyperthyroidism.

Because, they can help calm the nervous system, lower the blood pressure, and balance the hormones.

You can drink 1-2 cups of turmeric tea per day safely.

More than that can cause side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, bleeding, and kidney stones.

This is because curcumin can interact with some medications, such as blood thinners, antacids, and diabetes drugs, and can increase the risk of bleeding, stomach ulcers, and kidney stones.

Also, you shouldn’t drink turmeric tea if you have gallstones, bile duct obstruction, or stomach ulcers to prevent worsening of these conditions.

Because curcumin can stimulate the gallbladder to contract and secrete bile, which can aggravate these conditions.

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

Always choose organic and non-irradiated turmeric root, because it has more curcumin and less contaminants.

You can store them in a cool and dry place for up to two weeks.

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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