Is Fig Good for Hyperthyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Fig is good for hyperthyroidism. Because it has phenolic compounds and fiber, which can protect your thyroid and improve your metabolism.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that affects your thyroid gland, which is located at the front of your neck.

In hyperthyroidism, your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, which speeds up your metabolism and affects many organs and systems in your body.

This can lead to various health problems, such as weight loss, anxiety, irregular heartbeat, osteoporosis, eye problems and thyroid storm.

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, cruciferous vegetables and vitamin D, which can help protect your thyroid from oxidative stress and inflammation.

You should also consume foods rich in calcium and omega-3 fatty acids, such as dairy products, fish and nuts, which can help support your bone health and cardiovascular health.

You should avoid foods rich in iodine, such as seaweed, seafood and iodized salt, which can stimulate your thyroid and worsen your hyperthyroidism.

You should also avoid foods that contain goitrogens, such as soy, cabbage and broccoli, which can interfere with your thyroid hormone production.

Now, fig is a type of fruit that grows on the Ficus carica tree, which is native to the Mediterranean region and western and southern Asia.

People usually eat figs fresh or dried, or use them to make jams, preserves and desserts.

Fig is good for hyperthyroidism because it contains phenolic compounds, such as flavonoids and anthocyanins, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

These compounds can help protect your thyroid from oxidative stress and inflammation, which are common in hyperthyroidism.

Fig also contains fiber, which can help regulate your bowel movements and lower your cholesterol levels, which can be beneficial for your hyperthyroidism.

One medium fig (about 50 grams) can give you 37 calories, 0.15 grams of fat, 9.59 grams of carbohydrates, 1.4 grams of fiber, 7.75 grams of sugar, 0.38 grams of protein, 2% of your daily vitamin A, 3% of your daily vitamin C, 2% of your daily calcium and 1% of your daily iron.

Phenolic compounds can positively affect hyperthyroidism by reducing the oxidative stress and inflammation in your thyroid gland.

Fiber can positively affect hyperthyroidism by improving your digestive health and lowering your cholesterol levels.

Furthermore, fig is a low-iodine food and a low-goitrogen food, which are good for hyperthyroidism.

Because, high-iodine foods and high-goitrogen foods can worsen your hyperthyroidism by stimulating or inhibiting your thyroid hormone production.

You can eat two to three figs per day safely.

More than that can cause diarrhea, bloating and gas, because figs contain a lot of fiber and fructose.

You should also wash the figs well before eating them, because they may contain pesticides or dirt.

You shouldn’t eat figs if you have diabetes, because they contain a lot of sugar and can raise your blood glucose levels.

Because, high blood glucose levels can increase your risk of complications, such as nerve damage, kidney damage and eye damage.

You can buy fresh figs in your local market or can order them from online.

Always choose figs that are plump, soft and have intact skin.

Because, these figs are ripe, juicy and have the best flavor.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to three days, or in the freezer for up to six months.

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.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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