August 19, 2018
Skip Thyroid Support Supplements
Wellness Tip

Skip Thyroid Support Supplements

by Berkeley Wellness  

Don’t take “thyroid support” dietary supplements to treat a suspected thyroid disorder or to help you lose weight or feel more energetic.

Many contain widely varying doses of thyroid hormones (from animals), which are regulated as drugs by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are illegal in supplements.

Even if they were approved in supplements, such compounds should be used only under a doctor's supervision because they require careful dosing and can cause serious cardiac and other adverse effects.

In any case, unless you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or take dangerously high doses, the hormones will have little or no effect on your weight or energy levels.