The results i've felt from adding liver to my diet have really impressed me, as have the last couple of additions to my supplement collection. It has prompted me to make some revisions in my nutrient regimen, which should amplify the benefits i've found in my supplement additions over the past year as well as reduce the appalling number of bottles which clutter my side of the bathroom counter. The following are STAYING:
At this point, the most valuable of my supplements are two different glandular preparations which i've been taking for several years now, Dynamic Nutrition's T-100 and Natural Sources' Raw Thyroid. They both contain other dried glandular substances and additional nutrients as well as the thyroid, and they SEEM only slightly different from each other, but i experimented with using different dosages of each alone as well as using both on the same day, and i finally concluded that i do BEST when i have their different virtues working for me in tandem.
After the dried thyroid preparations, the next most important supplement in my lineup has got to be iodine -- i use the caplet version of the antique formula of Lugol's solution. It was the first item in my collection-to-be, recommended to me by one of the best doctors's i've ever had; he had thyroid problems himself, and so had my other great doctor -- amazing isn't it, that a physician having a problem him/herSELF might cause them to actually give a damn about the subject, and give good advice about it? ... Hello? (Hello, skinny obesity experts???)
Iodine's value, however, goes far beyond its part in composing the thyroid molecules themselves. There are iodine receptors all over the body, to which the toxins bromine, fluorine and chlorine (which are so overabundant in modern life) may attach, and a generous supply of iodine in the body is protective against them. It's also postulated that iodine is protective against bacterial and viral threats, and that cancer cells cannot thrive in its presence.
When you take iodine, it's highly recommended that you take selenium as well. The research i've been doing today has given me a hint that i may even want to RAMP UP my selenium, as i've found that not only is this mineral a component of the deiodinase which helps convert the more-or-less-inert T4 to the metabolic torchbearer T3 -- it also is an important component of the molecule which escorts hormone into cells for use, transthyretin. So although i've found that liver is an excellent vehicle for ingesting selenium, i believe that an extra daily supplement is a great idea.
I've recently sung the praises of pregnenolone, so i won't weary my gentle readers* by going on any more about it. I recently did a stop-and-restart of systemic enzymes, and i believe they're still doing me good; i wrote a whole post about them during the summer, so that can stand as an explanation and defense of them ... if the latter is actually needed! Carnitine, too, has been recently discussed.... Magnesium and zinc STAY -- we have a close and caring relationship. ;-) They're great for everyone, and doubly important to hypothyroids.
Going-to-be-added is ubiquinol, on EB's suggestion; she considers it possible that it will provide the boost that ordinary CoQ10 never delivered for me. At this point, i'm not aware of any other supplement likely to improve thyroid function for me, or provide additional energy -- but you can be sure i'll keep my eyes open!
* expression stolen from Miss Manners, whose writings have given me much pleasure!