Raw materials and enzymes needed to produce thyroid hormones
As we touched on in the previous blog (Thyroid 101 - part 1) raw materials and enzymes are very important for the production of thyroid hormones and their transport. We need an adequate amount of protein for the specific amino acid called phenylalanine. This converts into tyrosine (a non-essential amino acid) that’s needed for the production of thyroid hormones.
Certain foods are rich in phenylalanine – these include wheat, oats, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, pulses and nuts. There must also be enough iodine to join up with tyrosine. Selenium is another important trace mineral which regulates thyroid hormone production and supports the conversion of T4 to T3.
There are also a lot of other important cofactors needed for enzymes to do their job – magnesium, manganese, zinc, chromium, iron, copper and calcium and certain vitamins – B complex, A, E and C. A good quality multivitamin complex would be recommended to support thyroid health.
List below includes some of my favourite supplements to support thyroid health in no paticular order.