I've used thyroid helper for roughly 6 years. It warms my hands and gives me motivation when I hit the late afternoon slump.
There is no way it is a rip off. Tyrosine is well known to be used by the body to make thyroid hormones. It also is used to make catecholamine neurotransmitters, the lack of which is associated with ADD, lethargy, certain addictive tendencies, including sweets.
Selenium is a mineral and valuable antioxidant that is used by the body to protect the thyroid gland and in the conversion of T4 to T3 thyroid hormone. Heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium will use up some selenium leaving less than optimal levels for the thyroid. Se is very underrated considering most of us are walking around with silver-mercury fillings in this polluted world.
Since I respond well to tyrosine I now make my own capsule containing powdered tyrosine, only part of a capsule of thyroid helper, additional selenium, and a few other things for my situation.
I also take small amounts of kelp for iodine but I've not noticed a difference from that. The tyrosine seems to be the magic bullet for me. I had elevated cadmium and lead on several hair tests over a few years. According to Andy Cutler, PhD, author on heavy metals, there seems to be a link between cadmium and a need for tyrosine.
If you have the symptoms Richard's describes on their site, it is worth a try.
The manufacturer's spokesman, Richards, has been a good source of information on natural medicine, supplements, etc.
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There's definitely a quality difference between supplements -- they are not all the same. A lot of supplements at drug stores are not in forms your body can absorb and may have additives, food colorings, binders, etc. If you actually want supplements to improve you're health, it's worth spending more on the right ones.
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It's important to get the right type of iodine. Potassium iodine and sodium iodine can build up in the thyroid gland and become problematic. I've found Iosol Iodine to be a really safe and effective form of iodine to use. There's more info on this web page: http://www.wellnessresources.com/products/ iosol_iodine.php
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I've taken Thyroid Helper too and it helps reduce brain fog and improve energy. Did you consider reducing the amount of thyroid hormone you're on? Maybe then you could take the the Thyroid Helper since the supplement itself doesn't have any stimulants or hormones in it.
I tried Thyroid Helper for 3 weeks last year and lost 17 lbs in that amount of time. I am morbidly obese since getting "acquired hypothyroidism" over 15 years ago. I take Levoxyl for my underactive thyroid and didn't alter my dosage while supplementing with Thyroid Helper at 2 caps 3x / day. My brain fog and trouble concentrating were greatly improved.
Side effects I experienced were complete loss of appetite, insomnia and clinical mania after 3 weeks. I was advised by the makers of Thyroid Helper to stop taking it as my symptoms seemed to suggest that in addition to my Rx Levoxyl, Thyroid Helper was too much for me.
Blood work from my physician showed no elevation in my thyroid levels, however. I did have to be placed on tranquilizers at bedtime for a couple months to normalize my mania and insomnia. ( I do not normally suffer from mania.)
The weight I'd lost, of course, returned quickly without the Thyroid Helper and my appetite and overeating issues as well.
I was reminded of the movie Awakenings, because of how I got so hopeful over the seemingly miraculous results at first, but then had to stop taking Thyroid Helper and my brain fog and constant knee/back pain from obesity returned.
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Thanks. Yes, I know there's lots of controversy surrounding iodine and I did a LOT of research before I started, as well as informing my doctor. The supplement I take is only 10 mg daily. The article pointed daily needs of iodine and questioned your daily salt intake. i cook with sea salt, and being on the paleo diet, I've cut out a lot of processed foods. This is not for everyone, but does work for me.
The one ingredient here of concern is Guggul. In my experience Guggul taken for 2-3 weeks lowered my TSh BEFORE I went on thyroid medication.
I do not know if this action was because the Guggul replaced TSh (by whipping my unhealthy thyroid to produce more hormone so not as much TSH was produced by the pituitary), or if it helped in the conversion of T4 to T3 (more T3, less thyroid hormone needed from the thyroid, therefore less TSH needed). In any case, I got on Synthroid after 3 weeks when my hair started coming out in handfuls, and that was the end of the Guggul experiment for the time being.
My second encounter with Guggul was last December. I came out with a low T3 blood score and a slightly higher TSH, even though my T4 was at the top of the range. So I decided to go back to using Guggul to help with the conversion of T4 to T3 and retest in 8 weeks.
I was okay for about 3 weeks, when I began to get hot flashes. Up until this time, I had been entering menopause without them. I did not put the Guggul and the hot flashes together for several weeks, because I'd taken it in the past for those three weeks, without incident. I just figured I was that much deeper it estrogen withdrawal and spent a pretty miserable month taking Guggul and flashing like a cheap neon sign.
I finally did some research online and ran into a bodybuilding site of all places, that claimed guggul docked with androgen (sex hormone) receptor sites on the cell membrane.
I stopped the guggul and the flashes began to lessen, a week later they were nonexistant.
Based on this experience I can only conclude that my peri-menopausal status made Guggul more trouble than it was worth. I am not sure if it would effect others that way, or those who are not in perimenopause yet.
If you try it, please be aware of this side effect. And don't go buying a 3 month supply until you've tried it for about a month and seen how it effects your body.
Regarding iodine, I know there are plenty of articles about its benefits on the internet. However there are also articles about how iodine inflames autoimmune thyroid disease. You feel better for a while, until your thyroid crashes due to increased anti-thyroid antibodies. Here's an article on that:
Iodine definitely does have a positive effect on those people who are not getting enuf in their diet and are consequently having problems with their thyroid as a result of iodine deficiency.... rather than autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity is responsible for the majority of thyroid conditions... its why docs don't even bother to test for antibodies... its assumed due to their prevalence.
The paleo diet is great for many people, IMO a good deal of what you are feeling is directly attributable to this way of eating.
Bottom line is that everyone is responsible for what they put in their bodies. We are all unique and what works for one, may not for another.
Take care of youse...
: ) Mzzchief
Edited by: MZZCHIEF at: 2/22/2010 (16:26)
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To me it's an expensive way to get some supplements you can get at any drugstore for much less. Guggul is one thing in there and Mzz mentioned it gave her hot flashes but she was perimenopause at the time. Being in menopause myself I don't need any more help in that department so I'd run when I saw that in there!
Selenium is in there but at such a low dosage that it wouldn't be a total help (75 mcg...I take 200), manganese which should be in a good multi, l-tyrosine, etc.
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I have not used that product but did add an iodine supplement in October. It has helped me greatly. The product I buy is at 1-thyroid.com. A freind of mine and her husband take it as well. I have had dramatic improvements in my energy level and feel great. I also started eating the paleo way a few months ago. I think cutting down on carbs has added to my success.
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