Benefits of Thyroid
- Regulates temperature, metabolism, and cerebral function
- Increases energy, body temperature, and warmth
- Increases fat breakdown, resulting in decreased weight and lower cholesterol2
- Protects against cardiovascular ailments3,6
- Improves cerebral metabolism
- Supports cognitive function7
- Relieves symptoms of thin sparse hair, dry skin, and brittle nails
Side EffectsThe most common side effects from too high a dose of thyroid hormone are heart palpitations,8 increased pulse, excessive sweating, heat intolerance, and nervousness.
AdministrationThe recommended form of thyroid replacement is an Armour Thyroid Compound, which is a combination of T3 and T4.9 Studies show that a percentage of patients prefer the combination of T4 and T3 over T4 alone.10,11 The combination allows the body to receive the active and inactive form to treat those patients who are not able to properly convert. In contrast, traditional physicians continue to prescribe the synthetic thyroid hormone T4 or Synthroid. Synthroid is only T4 and may not convert to T3.
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- Asranna A, et al. Dyslipidemia in subclinical hypothyroidism and the effect of thyroxine on lipid profile. Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Dec;16(Suppl 2):S347-9.
- Kutluturk F, et al. Changes in metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors before and after treatment in overt hypothyroidism. Med Glas (Zenica). 2013 Aug;10(2):348-53.
- Rao ML, et al. Low plasma thyroid indices of depressed patients are attenuated by antidepressant drugs and influence treatment outcome. Pharmacopsychiatry. 1996 Sep;29(5):180-6.
- Sapin R, Schlienger JL. [Thyroxine (T4) and tri-iodothyronine (T3)determinations: techniques and value in the assessment of thyroid function]. Ann Biol Clin (Paris). 2003 Jul-Aug;61(4):411-20.
- Klein I, Ojamaa K. Thyroid hormone and the cardiovascular system. N Engl J Med. 2001;344(7): 501-509.
- Bunevicius R, et al. Effects of thyroxine as compared with thyroxine plus triiodothyronine in patients with hypothyroidism. N Engl J Med. 1999 Feb 11;340(6):424-9.
- Toft AD. Thyroid hormone replacement – one or two? N Engl J Med. 1999 Feb 11;340(6):469-70.
- Gaby AR. Sub-laboratory hypothyroidism and the empirical use of Armour thyroid. Altern Med Rev. 2004 Jun; 9(2):157-179.
- Escobar-Morreale HF, et al. Thyroid hormone replacement therapy in primary hypothyroidism: a randomized trial comparing L-thyroxine plus liothyronine with L-thyroxine alone. Ann Intern Med. 2005 Mar 15;142(6):412-24.
- Sesmilo G, et al. Serum free triiodothyronine (T3) to free thyroxine (T4) ratio in treated central hypothyroidism compared with primary hypothyroidism and euthyroidism. Endocrinol Nutr. 2011 Jan;58(1):9-15.
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