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Old 08-15-2005, 10:46 PM   #1
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kelp for thyroid problems

I was wondering if anyone takes kelp for hypo?
my aunt recommended it and i haven't made it to the vitamin shop yet.
just looking for some advice, thanks

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Old 08-16-2005, 02:16 PM   #2
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Re: kelp for thyroid problems

It sounds interesting. I keep seeing this seaweed infomercial on TV and boy do they make it sound good. Keeps you looking younger and healthier and is a great source of nutrients.
From what I've read it seems that taking it with thyroid meds is a problem. It has a lot of iodine in it which can cause someone's levels to fluctuate.
It has been said to help some with Hypo that have not been medicated.
Let me know what you find out.

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Old 08-16-2005, 02:23 PM   #3
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Re: kelp for thyroid problems

Just a word of caution, my mother in law tried this approach as she is a naturalist and it sent her into total hyper and she ended up in the ER. Just be careful with it and know that it can backfire on you.

Best of luck,

Old 08-16-2005, 06:06 PM   #4
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Re: kelp for thyroid problems

I will also caution you. My experience with Kelp wsa not good, either.

I knew I was hypo (though not officially diagnosed, then), and wanted to take a natural approach. It made me crash HARD, and I was even more exhausted all the time. Here's what you need to know concerning Kelp and thyroid disorders:

If you are Iodine deficient, but not Selenium deficient, then Kelp may help you, but Iodine deficiency is rare in most developed countries.

If you are Iodine deficient and selenium deficient, then Kelp may make you crash. This is what I think happened to me.

If you are Selenium deficient, and not iodine deficient, Kelp could make you go hyper, or hypo, but would probably have little effect.

If you are neither Iodine, nor selenium deficient, then Kelp will likely make you go hyper.

My advice is that if you intend to try Kelp, then supplement with 100mcg of Selenium a day to make sure you aren't deficient, and monitor your symptoms closely. Be prepared to stop if you notice adverse changes.

I am not a doctor, nor have I ever played one on TV...

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