The use of natural sea moss and thyroid health go hand in hand. The ability of sea moss to help balance thyroid hormones is known and studied perhaps more than any other benefit of this miracle seaweed (and there are more benefits than we can count!).
This is because natural sea moss contains the vital thyroid hormone precursor DI-Iodothyronine (DIT). It also contains the thyroid hormones Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones are critical to proper thyroid function, and if your thyroid isn’t producing enough of them naturally, it will have a dramatic effect on your metabolism, in addition to a host of other bodily functions.
DIT, T4, and T3 are the main organically bound iodine compounds in natural sea moss, so natural sea moss is the best supplement in the world if you’re looking to improve your thyroid function.
What does the thyroid do?
The thyroid gland is a vital butterfly-shaped organ in the base of the neck, in front of your throat. Like we mentioned above The thyroid gland acts as a hormonal gland that plays a major role in metabolism control, growth and maturation in the human body. That’s not all, however. In addition to constantly releasing these hormones into the bloodstream, the thyroid also regulates other bodily functions, including:
- Heart rate
- Muscle strength
- Menstrual cycles
- Cholesterol levels and
- Peripheral and central nervous system
So, what causes thyroid problems?
So, what causes the thyroid to malfunction? Well, thyroid issues can be caused by a few different things. According to the American Thyroid Association, iodine deficiency will lead to enlargement of the thyroid and hypothyroidism. As we talked about above, iodine is a main component of natural sea moss! Thyroid issues can cause inflammation, irregular stress hormones, digestive issues, infections, and autoimmune problems.
In addition to iodine, excess sugar can cause serious thyroid issues. This is because sugar feeds the “bad” bacteria within our body’s intestines. When the bad bacteria in our gut increases, T3 hormone production decreases (T3 is the active thyroid hormone in the intestines). This bad bacteria also releases endotoxins, which can contribute to leaky gut, promoting a host of autoimmune issues from small fiber neuropathy to lupus.
In short, there are three main types of thyroid issues. These are when your body makes too few thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism), too many thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism), and when there is too much extra flesh collecting around the thyroid.
Sea Moss and Hypothyroidism
Under normal circumstances, our immune system protects us by attacking foreign invaders such as bacteria, virus or fungi. However, if you suffer from an autoimmune disorder, which is the most common cause of hypothyroidism, then your immune systems will attack normal tissues of the thyroid gland, mistaking your own cells for foreign invaders. This causes the thyroid hormones to malfunction and often your thyroid’s ability to synthesize thyroid hormones is impacted. That means there aren’t enough cells to meet the body’s need for thyroid hormones, resulting in “hypothyroidism.”
Hashimoto’s Disease, which causes the thyroid to shrink, is the most common type of autoimmune hypothyroidism, but there are many others. Another cause of thyroid issues is inflammation, also known as thyroiditis. For example, during a viral infection, the thyroid gland can inadvertently release its entire supply of stored hormone into the bloodstream all at once. This causes the thyroid to become overactive (hyperthyroidism) for a short amount of time. After all the hormones are released, then the thyroid reverts to an underactive state, “hypothyroidism,” again.
Around 75% of viral thyroiditis patients regain proper thyroid function over time. Approximately 25%, however, have permanent hypothyroidism, and supplements like sea moss can be vital to their recovery.
Some other things that can cause hypothyroidism include:
- Partial or complete removal of the thyroid
- Imbalanced iodine levels
- Radioactive therapy
- Dysfunction of the pituitary gland
- Vitamin or nutrient deficiencies
Sea Moss and Hyperthyroidism
Just like sea moss can help with underactive thyroid, it can also cause iodine toxicity if you take too much, which can lead to an overactive thyroid, or “hyperthyroidism.'' That's why you should always be sure to take only the recommended daily dosage. Also, don’t combine sea moss with other supplements without checking the levels of iodine, so that you’re not consuming more than the recommended daily dosage of iodine.
So how does sea moss help?
The Sea moss is excellent for the thyroid because it is high in fiber, and offers 92 minerals critical for bodily function. Sea moss is loaded with sulfur compounds, iodine, bromine, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium phosphorus, potassium, selenium, pectin, and more. Sea moss also contains a wide range of essential nutrients. These include enzymes, nucleic acids, amino acids, trace elements and vitamin A, B, C, D, E and K complexes.
In terms of thyroid health in particular, sea moss plays an important role because it contains a significant amount of iodine, which is required for proper thyroid gland function.
Iodine also plays an anti-microbial role, as blood circulates through the human body it passes through the thyroid gland. Here iodine is secreted into the bloodstream, where it kills many germs.
Our Sea Moss
Here at Natural Sea Moss, we provide only organic, raw sea moss, straight from the source.
Our Raw Wildcrafted Dried Irish Sea Moss comes directly from the pristine waters off the island of Antigua. Sun dried and hand packed to ensure highest quality and viability, the sea moss isn’t refined or processed in any way.
Of course, we also offer Sea Moss Gel, made with only two ingredients... our Raw Wildcrafted Dried Irish Sea Moss and natural spring water.
Experience the benefits of this special seaweed today!