Hyperthyroidism Diet Recommendations- 26 Cruciferous Foods and Goitrogenous Vegetables.
Most of the patients suffering with thyroid problems believe that eating the right food or avoiding the wrong one will cure them from hyperthyroidism or Graves’ Disease.
This is true and not really true. No matter how much broccoli you will eat the next 24 hours it will not cure your hyperthyroidism overnight. But maintaining a proper diet in a long-term plan will cut a lot of your symptoms, will help your immune system to fight the overactive thyroid and basically will improve in natural way the performance of your thyroid. You should read – “inhibit naturally the excessive thyroid hormone”. Tomatoes for example are my favorite, even though they are not considered specifically goitrogens.
Accordingly, any food that naturally inhibits the thyroid overproduction is good, especially if you are diagnosed with overactive thyroid/ hyperthyroidism. These foods are called goitrogens, they can act very much like antithyroid drugs (like PTU and methimazole) and they have 2 major substances that work directly on and affect the thyroid function.
These substances are called isoflavones and isothiocyanates and they actually appear to reduce thyroid function by blocking the thyroid peroxidase hormone, and actually naturally reducing the thyroid hormone overproduction.
Isoflavones are typical for soy products, for example, including tofu and soy milk. However, soy and soy products are not recommended, because most of the soy is GMO and may cause more harm then benefit. Isothiocyanates can be found in the so called “cruciferous vegetables”. Cruciferous vegetables are also called “crucifiers”.
So both, isoflavones and isothiocynates appear to naturally inhibit the thyroid hormone overproduction, so really- start eating them, and the more the better.
Cruciferous vegetables and goitrogenic fruits, included in “hyperthyroidism diet recommendations”:
- Brussel sprouts
- Mustard greens
- Garden cress
- Water cress
- Bok choy
- African Cassava
*** Those are found to have the highest goitrins among all, all in raw condition. Rutabaga will lose its properties if cooked.
Ref: Goitrogenic Substances in Foods, by Monte Greed, M.D, retrieved from ajcn.nutrition.org
How to cook goitrogens and cruciferous vegetables
Needless to say- better consume all of them raw, then cooked. Although research studies are limited in this area, cooking does appear to help inactivate the goitrogenic compounds found in the above vegetables. Both isoflavones (found in soy foods) and isothiocyanates (found in cruciferous vegetables) appear to be heat-sensitive, and cooking appears to lower the availability of these substances. No surprise, right?
In the case of isothiocyanates in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, as much as 1/3 of this goitrogenic substance may be deactivated when broccoli is boiled in water.The same pertains to all other leafy vegetables. And I know that some of their names sound really “exotic”, but when I googled them to see how they look like, or I just went to the local food store- I was like: “yes, here they are, I just didn’t know the names, or how on earth they are cooked”. I did my research on the subject and I fact I included a lot of recipes of these products in my book “Ultimate Diet Secrets for Graves’ Disease and
Hyperthyroidism”. Click on the book to find out more, or just order a copy for yourself.
Also it is not only important what you eat, but what you shouldn’t eat:
8 Foods and beverages to avoid when considering Graves’ Disease Diet
· Black tea
Here is an example of some Graves’ disease diet recommendations, sent by one of my clients Tanya Otto from South Africa:
1 x big tablespoon of Barley Green
2 x Flax Seed Oil tablets (2500mg)
10 drops of lemon balm tincture (not always just when I feel I need it)
Peppermint Tea/Chamomile mix (pompadour teas bought in supermarket)
Veggie liquidized shake:
Half a whole broccoli / cauliflower
If you would like to share also a diet, or you have a method that helped you, please, send me an email and I’ll make sure that it will reach other people suffering from Graves’ Disease email@example.com
Also my personal recommendation is to avoid fast food, over- processed food and try to include in your Graves’ Disease diet as much raw food as possible. The reason is that the raw vegetables and fruits contain a lot of vitamins and minerals which helps our immune system to recover, especially if you have condition like Graves’ Disease.