Nancy Dell: Nutrients for thyroid hormone; Sprouted garlic benefits


1.My thyroid hormone levels are just into the normal range. My doctor says I just need to eat the nutrients needed to make thyroid hormone. How do I do this?
Cheryl, Internet

Your thyroid gland makes thyroid hormones that regulate your metabolism. Some people may need thyroid hormone replacement when the gland does not do its job. But others may need to eat the right foods to make thyroid hormone.

First you need adequate iodine. Fish, seaweed, milk, and yogurt are good sources and you need to eat 2 or 3 of these foods everyday. Iodine is added to salt but usually processed foods like chips and crackers use salt with no iodine. If you can use the salt shaker, you may want to buy one with added iodine

Once you have adequate iodine, it combines with a building block of protein to make thyroid hormones. So you need to eat enough protein. Some studies show that 40 percent of women do not get enough protein. On average you need 50 to 75 grams a day from meat and milk foods and beans, nuts and seeds.

Thyroid hormone may be less than optimal if you do not absorb iodine. This happens if you eat too much raw cauliflower, broccoli or cabbage or too many additives with bromine in them. You’ll find bromine in commercial baked goods, some citrus flavored sodas, and some prescription drugs.

2. I never use up my garlic bulbs so they sprout. Have they lost all their nutrients?
Jake, Internet

Actually, just the opposite is true. According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, garlic with green sprouts has more antioxidants. When garlic sprouts, it is more vulnerable to attack so it releases chemicals to protect itself and they also protect us.

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