Thyroid problems are common, particularly in women; an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can impact upon health significantly as the thyroid is the master gland of the metabolism. An overactive thyroid can cause the speeding up the metabolism in the body causing diarrhea, weight loss, hair loss, palpitations and many other symptoms.
There are three principal treatments of hyperthyroidism – antithyroid drugs, radioactive iodine (RAI), and surgery (partial or total thyroidectomy). None of these treatments though is 100% effective, and all of them have other negative effects on the body. Most of the patients for example will become hypothyroid for the rest of their lives after RAI treatment or thyroidectomy.
Still, there are some natural cures and remedies that can help the hyperthyroidism symptoms and are proven to have positive effect, without all the negative consequences of the conventional medicine.
Lemon Balm – Lemon balm lowers TSH levels and has been used to treat Graves’ disease. Rosmarinic acid in lemon balm apparently binds to thyrotropin (TSH)and keeps it from connecting with the gland. This action is relatively weak, but I guarantee you that will calm you down, will help your insomnia and reduce your stress. And it’s harmless.
L-carnitine – effectively inhibits the activity of excess thyroid hormone and reduces symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Studies dating back to the 60’s in animals and recently in humans suggest that the amino acid L-carnitine blocks the effects of excess thyroid hormone in some of the body’s tissues. L-carnitine does not affect the thyroid gland itself but effectively reduces symptoms of hyperthyroidism in the autoimmune hyperthyroid disorder Graves’ disease.
Flax Seed Oil – is the most abundant plant source of omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid omega-3. The seeds and oil of the flax plant contain substances which are known to promote good health. Flax seed oil is good for: Circulatory System, Immune System, Reproductive System, Nervous System, and especially if you have Thyroid Eye Disease, which is one of the symptoms of Graves’ Disease and hyperthyroidism.