Hi! I'm Stelios Pantazis. I'm a doctor and I specialize in medical nutrition and metabolic disorders. Today, we're talking about the dietary supplements that can help people diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. Selenium. Selenium is the most famous dietary supplement for Hashimoto's disease. Lately, many endocrinologists have been recommending it to people suffering from Hashimoto's disease, because studies have been published showing that selenium sufficiency decreases some antibodies in the thyroid and improves some unpleasant symptoms of this disease. Therefore, many endocrinologists recommend 200 mg of selenium per day in the form of a dietary supplement. In a previous video, I've presented some foods that are rich in selenium. If you want to enrich your diet with natural selenium, watch it. Zinc. Zinc is another trace element the sufficiency of which is beneficial for the thyroid. Lately, I've been hearing endocrinologists recommending it. Studies have shown that 30 ml of zinc per day improve the thyroid's function for people suffering from hypothyroidism. Turmeric and curcumin. Turmeric is a powder that comes from the root of a plant. The most important active ingredient that it contains is curcumin. Turmeric is not a dietary supplement, it's a food. Therefore, if you want to include it in your daily diet, you can watch the relevant video I posted a few months ago on how to do this properly. If you suffer from Hashimoto's disease, which is driven by an inflammation in the thyroid, you should introduce turmeric and curcumin into your life. Studies have shown that curcumin protects the thyroid, because it contains strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances. In general, turmeric and curcumin are my top recommendation to people suffering from autoimmune diseases at the two medical nutrition centres that I lead. On the amount of turmeric and curcumin that you should consume for autoimmune diseases, you can watch the detailed video that I've posted, on how and at what amount you should introduce turmeric into your life. Vitamin D. Vitamin D is the most important vitamin for autoimmune diseases. Every person suffering from any autoimmune disease, such as Hashimoto's disease, should regularly have the levels of vitamin D in their blood tested and make sure these are normal. Ideally, they should be at least in the middle of the normal range defined by the laboratory doing the test, if not a bit higher. Studies have shown that people suffering from Hashimoto's disease often have lower vitamin-D levels than the general population. Moreover, other studies have shown that people suffering from Hashimoto's disease have worse symptoms, if they also have low vitamin-D levels. Therefore, if you suffer from Hashimoto's disease, you must have your vitamin D measured and supplement it accordingly with dietary supplements, because, as I've repeatedly said, too few people manage to have sufficient vitamin D all year round only with their diet and their exposure to the sun. Vitamin B12. I've repeatedly talked about vitamin B12 in the past too, and I've posted many videos that I recommend watching. Studies on Hashimoto's disease have shown that people suffering from it have lower vitamin-B12 levels in their blood more often. Although this doesn't mean that the addition of vitamin B12 will certainly improve the symptoms, you should have your vitamin-B12 levels in your blood tested and, depending on the result, decide if you have to take supplements or increase vitamin B12 in your diet. If you're interested in this, you should watch the video that I've posted on the normal levels of vitamin B12. Magnesium. Studies have shown that people with low magnesium levels in their body have more antibodies against the thyroid and run an increased risk of Hashimoto's disease. Moreover, some studies have shown that by increasing the magnesium intake, the symptoms of Hashimoto's disease decrease. Magnesium is contained in chlorophyl, so it's abundant in green plant-based foods. However, in general, non-processed plant-based foods have a lot of magnesium, such as fruit, vegetables, legumes and the grain husk. Other supplements. A series of studies have been published showing that fish oils, alpha lipoic acid and N-acetylcysteine may help people suffering from Hashimoto's disease. However, these studies are rather small and relatively early, and, at this point, there's no point in making any recommendation with regard to these dietary supplements. Finally, I'd like to talk about iodine. Iodine is necessary for the thyroid's proper function. But, like everything in our body, it should be balanced. The lack of iodine leads to thyroid diseases, but the consumption of too much iodine also leads to thyroid problems. I recommend that you never consume supplements containing iodine, unless recommended by your doctor. Supplements with iodine should be administered only to people that have been confirmed to be lacking iodine. I've posted more videos on Hashimoto's disease, which are worth watching, because they'll give you useful and directly applicable directions that will help you. If you thought this was interesting, please give us a thumbs up. Share it with people who you think might find it interesting and subscribe to our channel in order to get notified when we upload a video. You can also suggest subjects in the comment section. Thank you very much!

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