There are many different supplements that are recommended when a person is diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Selenium is one that (in my opinion) is very important, especially for those who have high levels of antibodies. There has been research done showing that selenium deficiency can potentially contribute to autoimmune thyroid diseases. They have also shown that taking a selenium supplement can assist in the reduction of antibodies (TPOab).
I personally take 200mcg/day (l-selenomethionine) and that is usually enough to assist in the reduction of antibodies. Make sure to partner with a doctor who is knowledgeable about Hashimoto’s and open to many forms of treatment (ie not someone who just pushes Synthroid at you and considers it done). They can help you determine the amount that’s right for your body.
Since antibodies and inflammation are such a high priority in the case of Hashimoto’s, it is imperative to calm the body and immune system. Any way that you can reduce antibodies should be utilized. It (probably) will take more than just throwing down a few selenium pills each day to get your antibodies down to a healthy level, but this is a great support for the body.(Hint: going GF may also help with antibody levels) It may also take a few months for the selenium to reduce antibody levels, so plan your testing accordingly.
Other supplements to consider:
- Vitamin Bs
- Adrenal gland support
- Antioxidants (Vitamin C is one)
It’s crucial to remember that Hashimoto’s is autoimmune. It is not just a hypothyroid. I read a post the other day of a patient whose doctor told her than Hashimoto’s is just a fancy name for hypothyroid. Ignorance like that is what continues thyroid suffering. Make sure that your doctor is well-versed in the topic, but ensure that you also do your own research. You may be able to educate your doctor in the process and help many different people. Autoimmune means that you must focus on your gut health (hence, probiotics on the list above). You have to dig to the root cause and research has shown that most (if not all) autoimmune diseases stem from poor gut health. So don’t get too caught up in treating the thyroid alone. Make sure to address the body as a whole. That is how you get long lasting results and can overcome thyroid disease completely.
Just a few studies on selenium: