Thyroid Nodules – Food Suggestions Unveiled
Thyroid nodules are an abnormal growth of thyroid cells that form solid or fluid-filled lumps (cysts). It may be malignant, but up to 80% of biopsies are benign.
Medical treatment of Thyroid nodules
- Thyroid hormone suppression therapy (Levothyroxine) to decrease thyroid tissue growth.
- Radioactive iodine is used in thyroid adenomas and multinodular thyroid.
- Methimazole: Anti-thyroid medication used to reduce symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
- Surgery: total or partial thyroidectomy if the nodules are malignant or multinodular goiter.
Home remedies of Thyroid nodules
- Green salad: formed of raw green leafy vegetables is very beneficial and full of antioxidants.
- Bentonine clay: drink a solution of one teaspoon of it with water daily is recommended and it may be used as a clay mask over the neck.
- Coconut oil can be used as vegetable oil for cooking or add it to smoothies, tea and coffee.
- Fulvic acid: Known with” Shilajit” in India, it’s a powerful antioxidant and chelator which detoxifies chemical toxins and radicals from the body.
- Saragassum tea: a Chinese herb which is high in iodine.
- Ginseng juice is very helpful.
- Regular exercise and acupuncture therapy is important.
Foods you should eat
- Broccoli, mustard greens, soy, turnips, Brussels sprouts, beans and cauliflower for patients with hyperthyroidism.
- Iodine and selenium rich foods like iodized salt, seafood, mushroom, cod, milk and tuna.
- Ginger and licorice are known to reduce swelling and phlegm.
Foods to avoid
- Goitrogens: cassava, maize, bamboo shoots, and sweet potatoes.
- Cruciferous vegetables avoided for patients with hypothyroidism.
- Fried or greasy food, white flour, preserves and hydrogenated oil.
- Alcohol, smoking and carbonated drugs.
Role of vitamins and minerals
- Iodine and selenium supplements are a must for normal thyroid gland.
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), B6 (Pyridoxine) and L-tyrosine decline causes thyroid suppression.
- Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium and Zinc are required for the conversion of T4 into active T3.