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Foods That Benefit Your Thyroid

Your thyroid gland also requires the amino acid, tyrosine, which is found in:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Eggs
  • Bananas

Other nutrients needed by the thyroid include:
Selenium: whole grains, tuna, herring, wheat germ, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts.
Zinc: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, seafood, organ meats, eggs, beans, whole grains, mushrooms, soybeans, wheat germ.
Copper: beets, molasses, beans, whole grains, nuts, seafood, raisins.
Manganese: nuts, seeds, whole grains, seaweed, leafy greens, legumes, egg yolk, pineapples.
B vitamins: shellfish, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese.
Vitamins A: carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, dark leafy greens, eggs, yogurt, kefir, fish oils.
Vitamin C: berries, fruit, green vegetables, broccoli, tomatoes.
Vitamin D: salmon, fatty fish, eggs, sunshine, fish oils.
Vitamin E: nuts, seeds, eggs, organ meats, whole grains, wheat germ, molasses, sweet potatoes, leafy greens.

Be sure to include the Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids in your diet in the form of flax and/or fish oils. Eating sufficient protein with each meal will help improve and normalize your metabolism, and this can aid in normalizing your thyroid function. It is important to note that protein is needed to transport thyroid hormone through the bloodstream to all your tissues.

Thyroid Blockers

  • The over abundance of polyunsaturated oils in the standard American diet can interfere with thyroid function.
  • Unsaturated oils block thyroid secretion and can inhibit thyroid hormonesí movement through the circulatory system.
  • Fluoride found in toothpaste and city water can leech iodine from the body.
  • The heavy metal mercury can displace selenium, a nutrient necessary for the critical conversion of thyroid hormone T4 to T3.

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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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5:03PM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Good health article. Thanks for sharing.

11:29PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

I have a question, maybe some one on here can help with the answer!. I have an allergy to iodine, but at the same time I have hyperthyroidism, how do I find a balance between the two? I live on Reactine for the allergies I have, which I have a few of, any answers for the above question would be greatly appreciated! My hyperthroid is in balance now, so I don't take any kind of medication for it, but when it goes out of whack, I am put on Methimazole treatment, once my thyroid levels even out I don't seem to have to take it for ahile, sometimes the stretch in between is quite awhile!

11:33PM PST on Feb 18, 2011

thank you for the valuable info!

1:08AM PST on Feb 18, 2011

good to know

5:54AM PST on Dec 5, 2010

Thank you for the info, eating right beats taking pills.

4:10PM PST on Nov 23, 2010

Good review and info. Thank you.

11:04PM PST on Nov 20, 2010

Thanks very helpful

3:32PM PST on Nov 19, 2010

Interesting, have saved this article. An up and down thyroid runs in my family. I'm nagging my doctor to test for all the thyroid levels, not just the iodine. If I have the condition I want to catch it early. I used to eat a lot more fresh fish when I lived by the sea. I think my diet is reasonably balanced and varied, except for too much chocolate and coffee.

5:03AM PST on Nov 19, 2010


10:52PM PST on Nov 15, 2010

I've read that broccoli and other leafy greens can hinder thyroid... now they're good for you. *sigh* Well, at least I eat enough variety that it's all good! :)

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