It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Thyroid Disorders Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-25-2005, 07:51 AM   #1
Senior Veteran
ASDGRMama's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,223
kelp and meds

Hello! I have been taking a teaspoon of powdered kelp on and off for the past year or so. I haven't taken it in quite a while but am wondering if I start using it again now that I'm on medication (50mcg of levothyroxine) is it going to cause problems?

I originally started using it because I began using noniodized sea salt and I don't eat many processed/packaged foods. I was concerned about becoming deficient in iodine (I don't feel I was or am iodine deficient but I don't want to move in that direction either).

Anyone have any experience with this? Any help would be appreciated!


Love and Prayers, Kelly

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 05-26-2005, 06:01 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 190
diatron HB User
Re: kelp and meds

Kelp is not recommended for thyroid patients unless they are deficient in Iodine. Not many people in the US have an Iodine deficiency.

Excess Iodine can cause your thyroid to shut down and if it is already not working well give you more hypoT symptoms. The Iodine in kelp can also bind with any thyroid hormones that you take.

So taking kelp or eating lots of seaweed (or anything else with Iodine) is not a good idea for hypothyroid patients.

Last edited by diatron; 05-26-2005 at 06:01 AM.

Old 05-26-2005, 07:22 AM   #3
Senior Veteran
ASDGRMama's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,223
Re: kelp and meds

Thank you diatron for the info! I kind of figured it was a no no .

If I do become iodine deficient how will I know the difference between that and a need to adjust the meds?

Love and Prayers, Kelly

Old 05-26-2005, 07:28 AM   #4
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Missouri, USA
Posts: 12,518
midwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB User
Re: kelp and meds

Diatron will probably have the right answer, but can I throw in my opinion?
The only purpose for iodine is to synthesize thyroid hormone within the thyroid gland. Iodine doesn't make you "feel" any better or worse.
If your gland can't make use of it anyway because of its malfunction, what difference does it make whether you ingest enough or not?

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Kelp / Levothyroxine - T4 levels Markp1403 Thyroid Disorders 1 05-22-2009 07:38 AM
Kelp question ssMarilyn Thyroid Disorders 1 09-14-2008 03:29 AM
Kelp............Anyone? cookiepls Diet & Nutrition 2 09-06-2006 07:21 AM
kelp tablets Ankh General Health 1 08-25-2005 11:33 AM
kelp for thyroid problems midwestmom Thyroid Disorders 3 08-16-2005 06:06 PM
Supplmenting with Kelp can it cause .... kloet Thyroid Disorders 4 11-22-2004 09:12 AM
Anyone tried thyroid supplements i.e. Kelp.. LucyPearl Thyroid Disorders 14 11-02-2004 07:44 AM
Kelp question ..... true2 you Diet & Nutrition 3 04-10-2002 06:38 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:12 AM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2015 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!