Natural Thyroid 101
What is desiccated natural thyroid?
Natural Desiccated Porcine Thyroid, also called Natural Thyroid or Desiccated Thyroid, contains the same hormones that your own thyroid would produce: T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin, and that’s why patients have found it to work so well. T4 is the storage hormone; T3 is the active, energy-giving hormone, and both are found in an 80/20 ratio in each 60 mg of desiccated thyroid. The T2, T1 and calcitonin is not measured, but it’s there, according to Forest Labs, the makers of Armour.
Are there any non-prescription desiccated thyroid products?
One more well-known over-the-counter (OTC) natural thyroid is called Nutri Meds which is available in either porcine or bovine desiccated thyroid. You may find other OTC products on the shelf of your local health food store. But, these products are not regulated, and the potency appears to be much less than prescription desiccated thyroid.
Why is desiccated thyroid a better treatment?
Desiccated thyroid is superior to T4-only meds treatment (Synthroid, Levoxyl, Eltroxin, Norton, etc) because it is natural (your body accepts all of it, unless you have an allergy to porcine), it contains both T4 (as the storage hormone) and T3 (the most active hormone and necessary for every cell in your body), as well as T2, T1 and calcitonin. T2 has an important role in metabolism. Calcitonin is the hormone which keeps the calcium in your bones, and certain doctors have noticed improvement in bone density with patients on natural thyroid.
Are there any beneficial supplements that I can take with desiccated thyroid?
Many patients take a Selenium tablet with their thyroid medications, which assists the T4 to T3 conversion. L-Tyrosine helps some patients, too. Your need for B-vitamins will increase as you improve your energy levels. Some patients benefit from iodine supplementation. Optimizing your vitamin D levels can also be important.