TOP 20 Home Remedies for Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism occurs when the  thyroid gland is underactive. It affects the body’s metabolism rate, which is controlled primarily by the thyroid gland.



Some of the common symptoms associated with hypothyroidism are fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, puffy face, hoarse voice, muscle cramping, sudden weight gain, depression and brittle fingernails and hair.

Many natural remedies can help control this health problem. Also, do consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.



Here are the top 10 home remedies for hypothyroidism.


1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids that help improve thyroid functioning. It will also stimulate metabolism and boost energy. Plus, it will help raise the basal body temperature which is important for those those dealing with low thyroid function.

Use coconut oil for cooking. Always use extra-virgin organic coconut cooking oil.
You can also add two tablespoons of coconut oil to milk and drink it in the morning along with your breakfast every day. You can also add it to your smoothies.

2. Kelp
Kelp is a brown seaweed rich in iodine and other minerals. It is useful for those suffering from hypothyroidism due to iodine deficiency. However, this remedy is not recommended for those suffering from autoimmune thyroid problems or else it may worsen the condition.

So, do consult your doctor before taking kelp supplements to check if it is suitable for you and find the correct dosage specific to your condition.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar may also help deal with this thyroid disorder. It is believed that it aids detoxification, restores acid alkaline balance, facilitates weight loss, and helps regulate hormones and improve their energy metabolism.

Apple cider vinegar is also beneficial for other health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and others.

Add two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water.
Mix in a little honey.
Drink this solution daily on a regular basis.

4. Fish Oils
Fish oils are considered good for increasing thyroid hormone uptake and maintaining healthy thyroid function. Being rich in omega 3 fatty acids, they also fight inflammation and increase immunity.

Take fish oil supplements after consulting your doctor, especially if you are taking blood thinners. The general dosage is up to 3 grams per day.

5. Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with several autoimmune diseases, including thyroid disease. Exposure to early sunshine is a good way to generate the vitamin D required by the body.

So, expose your body to early morning sunrays for about 15 minutes daily. This will also help maintain healthy immune function and calcium metabolism.

Those suffering from hypothyroidism can make it a habit to wake up in the morning and do some healthy exercises (stimulates the thyroid gland), such as walking outdoors. You’ll get the early sunshine as well as benefit from the physical exercise.

6. Guggul
Guggul comes from the gum resin of an Indian tree called Commiphora Mukul. Research indicates that its active compounds called guggulsterones may help in the treatment of hypothyroidism by stimulating thyroid function. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity and cholesterol-lowering benefits.

You can take this herb in supplement form after consulting your doctor. Generally, it is taken in doses of 25 mg three times a day. When taking this herb, be sure to monitor your T3 and T4 thyroid hormone levels as it stimulates the conversion of T4 into its more active T3 form.

Caution: Guggul may interfere with estrogen, birth control pills, beta-blockers and other medications.

7. Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil is another great ingredient that can help hypothyroid patients. Being high in gamma linoleic acids (GLAs), primrose oil offers anti-inflammatory benefits and helps increase the levels of thyroid hormones.

At the same, it can relieve problems associated with hypothyroidism, such as hair loss and heavy menstrual flow.
The general recommendation for taking evening primrose oil is two to eight grams daily. Consult your doctor to find out the suitable dosage for your case.

8. Ginger
Ginger is a good source of zinc, magnesium and potassium, and its powerful anti-inflammatory properties can help improve thyroid functioning.

Fresh ginger root slices can be added to soups and other dishes.
Another option is to drink a two or three cups of hot ginger tea. To make this herbal tea, add some fresh ginger slices to a cup of boiling water. Steep for five minutes, and then add some honey to it.

9. Siberian Ginseng
Siberian ginseng is very useful for stimulating adrenal and thymus glands, which support the functioning of the thyroid gland. This herb will also help alleviate fatigue, one of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Take a dose of 100 to 200 mg of Siberian ginseng extract twice daily, before breakfast and before lunch. Be sure to consult your doctor before starting a supplement regimen.

10. B Vitamins
When dealing with hypothyroidism, take adequate amounts of B vitamins including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12 to help reduce the symptoms. B vitamins are vital for healthy thyroid function.

Moreover, researchers suspect that those suffering from hypothyroidism may also be suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency.

So, make whole grains and fortified cereals an important part of your diet. Plus, include fresh vegetables and sea vegetables in your regular diet. Avoid cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale because they contain goitrogens. Goitrogens are antinutrients that interfere with the functioning of the thyroid gland.

The herb bugleweed, also known as Lycopusvirginica, can help manage various symptoms of hyperthyroidism. This particular herb reduces the amount of hormone that is produced by the thyroid. Studies have found that it helps decrease TSH levels and impairs thyroid hormone synthesis. (1) Moreover, it helps lower T4 levels and blocks the conversion of T4 to T3.

Prepare an herbal tea by putting one-half teaspoon (or a little less) of bugleweed in a cup of boiling water and allowing it to steep for several minutes. Strain and cool, and then enjoy this tea once daily.
You can also take this herb in the form of tincture (two to six ml per day). Furthermore, a combination of bugleweed, motherwort and lemon balm is highly effective in treating hyperthyroidism naturally.

12. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm, also known as Melissa officinalis, is an herb that can help normalize an overactive thyroid by reducing TSH levels. It contains flavonoids, phenolic acids and other useful compounds that regulate the thyroid.

In fact, it blocks the activity of antibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland and cause Graves’ disease, which is a common form of hyperthyroidism. (2) To restore your thyroid activity to a healthy level, drink lemon balm tea.

Add two tablespoons of lemon balm to one cup of boiling water. (3)
Let it steep for about five minutes. Strain it and allow it to cool.
Drink it slowly. Have a cup of this tea three times daily.
You may start the treatment with a lesser dosage, about one-half or one teaspoon of lemon balm, and gradually increase the amount to two tablespoons.

13. Motherwort
The herb motherwort, also known as Leonurus cardiaca, acts as a natural beta-blocker and helps control tachycardia (high heart rate) and palpitations. It has some anti-thyroid activity as well, which makes it even more beneficial for those suffering from hyperthyroid conditions.

Steep one-half teaspoon of motherwort in one cup of boiling water for at least five minutes. Strain and cool.
Drink this tea three times daily.
It is essential to note that this herb must be avoided if you are taking any kind of sedating medications.

14. Broccoli
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that contains substances known as isothiocyanates and goitrogens, which help restrain the thyroid from producing too much hormone. Therefore, anyone suffering from hyperthyroidism must try to eat uncooked broccoli as much as possible.

Other cruciferous vegetables that may be helpful are brussel sprouts, cauliflower, rutabaga, turnips, kohlrabi, kale, mustard greens, and radishes.

15. Soy products
Protein-based foods are good for those suffering from hyperthyroidism. Protein transports thyroid hormones to different body tissues.

Research shows that a moderate concentration of soy sterols can help improve hyperthyroidism. (4) Hence, eating more soy products can help treat the condition.

If you are not a big fan of soy products, try to include nuts, quinoa, eggs, farmed fish and legumes in your diet.

16. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
If your body is not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids, there can be hormonal imbalance, including thyroid hormones. These essential fatty acids are the building blocks for hormones that control immune function and cell growth, and also help improve the ability to respond to thyroid hormones.

You can increase the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet by eating more fish, grass-fed animal products, flaxseeds, and walnuts.

17. Sea Vegetables
Sea vegetables are a good source of iodine, an important mineral for thyroid health. The natural iodine present in sea vegetables can normalize thyroid-related disorders like obesity and lymph system congestion. These vegetables also contain a good amount of vitamin K, B-vitamin folate, magnesium, iron and calcium.

Some of the sea vegetables that you can use in the treatment of hyperthyroidism are kelp, kombu, hijiki, nori, arame, sea palm etc. They are usually available in dried form at groceries.

You can use these vegetables by crushing, chopping or crumbling any mix of dry sea vegetables you like into soups and sauces, pizzas, casseroles, rice and salads.

18. Cabbage
Cabbage is one of the most useful foods that can be used in the treatment of hyperthyroidism. Cabbage contains a good amount of dietary goitrogens, substances that help reduce thyroid hormone production. For best results, eat uncooked cabbage.

19. Berries
Berries are rich in vitamins and various antioxidant properties that can help reduce inflammation of the thyroid gland. You can eat different types of berries such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries and others.

20. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry, also known as amla, can treat many health problems including hyperthyroidism. Indian gooseberry, due to its ameliorating effects on the thyroid gland, can help to control the production of thyroid hormones.

Mix Indian gooseberry powder with honey to make a thick paste and eat it in the morning before breakfast.

These are some of the foods that naturally suppress thyroid hormone production to help in the treatment of hyperthyroidism. Also, try to limit your intake of dairy products and caffeine as much as possible to manage hyperthyroidism successfully.


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