The presence of raised TPO antibodies is an indicator that a patient has active Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. These antibodies signal the immune system to attack the thyroid gland, resulting in inflammation and reduced function of the gland. Over time, this leads to the development of Hypothyroidism and a life-long need for medication to supplement the deficient hormone, thyroxine.
These bodies can be effectively reduced with the use of the trace mineral Selenium. Most people consider selenium to be a potent antioxidant, but there is a lot more to this mineral. The conversion of Thyroxine into its active form known as Triiodothyronine is facilitated by this mineral, making it essential for thyroid health.
In clinical trials, supplementation of Selenium in patients with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis resulted in a significant reduction in Thyroperoxidase (TPO) antibody levels. Selenium can be found in brazil nuts, tuna, and eggs.
The Selenium supplement I use with patients is This One.
2. Nigella Sativa
Another option for reducing TPO antibody levels is Nigella Sativa, also known as Black Seed. In a study on the use of black seed in Hashimoto’s, TPO levels were reduced, T3 levels were increased, and a reduction in body mass index was seen.
Black seed is commonly used as a spice, however, in recent times it has gained popularity for its ability to reduce weight. It can be inferred that this effect is due to its thyroid boosting properties.
The Nigella Sativa supplement I use with patients is This One.
I strongly recommend using both selenium and Nigella Sativa under the supervision of a well versed Ayurvedic Physician.
To learn more about treating this conditions, go to my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis article.
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by Dr. Nishal R.
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