On Monday, I showed you three key nutrients you need to take to avoid and treat hypothyroidism. But what happens if these don’t work? Most doctors will quickly push Synthroid. But before you start taking a drug to fix your problem, there are other options.
There are several different natural thyroid products on the market. Because most of them contain hormones, you’ll need a prescription to buy them. And many are available at your local pharmacy, but they may have to order it.
The most popular Synthroid alternatives are Armour Thyroid and Thyrolar. Forest Pharmaceuticals produces both drugs. And, yes, they are drugs, not supplements. In fact, Armour was the gold standard in hypothyroidism treatment until Synthroid came out. The primary difference between Synthroid and these two drugs is that Synthroid provides T4 thyroid hormone and the other two provide both T4 and T3.
Some doctors are quite adamant that you don’t need T4 and T3, as your body converts T4 to T3. While this is true, some people don’t make this conversion very well and will continue to suffer hypothyroid symptoms while taking the Synthroid.
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Other doctors will tell you Armour and Thyrolar are outdated and are dangerous because they have consistency problems. But Synthroid has consistency problems too. And if you don’t convert T4 to T3 well, you’ll want an “outdated” medication. That is, if better alternatives don’t work.
Because Armour and Thyrolar are drugs, you might want to try some natural thyroid products first. These include Nature-Throid and BMR Complex (by Integrative Therapeutics).
Nature-Throid is much like Armour and Thyrolar, in that it has both T4 and T3. And you’ll need a prescription to buy it. What is the big benefit of Nature-Throid over the others? Nature-Throid has never had an inconsistency problem. You know what you’re getting, while you don’t with the others.
BMR Complex is primarily an iodine supplement, but it does have natural thyroid and other nutrients to help boost your thyroid performance. These include zinc, copper, and l-tyrosine. The natural thyroid glandular extract doesn’t contain any thyroxine, so it is a supplement, not a drug. If iodine alone doesn’t work for you, try this next, as it may be all you need. You can buy it without a prescription at many health food stores and on the Internet.
If none of these treatments work, it’s quite possible you don’t have a thyroid problem after all. There’s another gland that could be underperforming — and it’s really easy to correct. I’ll tell you about it on Monday.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.