Thank you to all who attended my presentation on Women’s Health at the Farmer’s Market on Sunday, especially the men!!! I promised I would post a list of some of the nutrients important for thyroid health, and the foods that contain them.
Key Nutrients for Thyroid Function:
(I recommend pasture raised meats, particularly if using organ meats like the liver, organic and pasture raised eggs and dairy, and wild fish products)
Iron – red meat, particularly organ meats, nutritional yeast, dark leafy greens, lentils, pumpkin seeds.
Iodine – sea vegetables (nori, kelp, and dulse), shrimp, milk, eggs, seafood, navy beans, strawberries.
Tyrosine – meat, fish, shellfish, and poultry, eggs, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, avocados.
Zinc – oysters, red meat, particularly organ meats, pumpkin seeds.
Selenium – brazil nuts, meat, fish, shellfish, and poultry.
Vitamin E – sunflower seeds, almonds, dark leafy greens, avocados.
Vitamin B2 – dark leafy greens, yogurt, crimini mushrooms, asparagus.
Vitamin B3 – chicken, turkey, nutritional yeast.
Vitamin B6 – poultry, red meat, particularly organ meats, nutritional yeast.
Vitamin C – papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, oranges, pineapple.
Vitamin D – salmon, milk, egg yolks, mushrooms, THE SUN.
Vitamin A (as beta carotene) – sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, squash, red peppers.
Vitamin A (as retinol) – liver, cod liver oil (fermented is better), egg yolks, butter.
Make a list of foods that you like from the above and regularly include them in your meal planning and grocery shopping. They contribute to proper production of thyroid hormones.
Find recipes that you like to help with changing your regular choices, for example, try the Sweet Potato Brownie in the September 2015 blog post.