Are There Really Hypothyroidism Diets?
You may have heard of so-called hypothyroidism diets that can help restore the balance of your thyroid hormone. The truth is, there are no known diets, and there is no evidence that eating or avoiding certain foods will improve thyroid function in patients with hypothyroidism.
What we do know
We know that certain foods and supplements actually can interfere with the way hypothyroidism medications work. Your dose of Synthroid may need to be adjusted if you eat these foods:
- Cottonseed meal
Take your Synthroid dose 4 hours before or after you take these supplements.
- Iron supplements or multivitamins with iron
- Calcium supplements or multivitamins with calcium
Some medications also can affect the way hypothyroidism treatments work. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you eat these foods, and about other medications or supplements you may be taking, and get more tips for taking your medication.
Taking Synthroid every day, exactly as prescribed, may help restore your thyroid hormone balance.
1. American Thyroid Association. Hypothyroidism. A booklet for patients and their families. http://www.thyroid.org/wp-content/uploads/patients/brochures/Hypothyroidism_web_booklet.pdf. Published 2013. Accessed January 23, 2014.
2. US Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Finding Your Way to a Healthier You. Available at: http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/html/brochure.htm. Accessed March 1, 2013.