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Sluggish Thyroid Function = Low Energy & Weight Gain

Sluggish Thyroid Function = Low Energy & Weight Gain

Friday, October 8th 2004


The thyroid gland is located in the middle of the lower neck, below the larynx. Its function is to make thyroid hormone (thyroxine). This hormone has an effect on nearly all tissues of the body where it increases cellular activity - metabolism.

Under-active or hypoactive thyroid is very common, causing symptoms such as low energy and weight gain. Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is a type of seaweed found in the Northern hemisphere. It is high in mineral content, especially iodine, which aids the function of the thyroid and increase thyroxine production. Nature's Way Bladderwrack may be useful as a supportive remedy for hypoactive thyroid, goitre and obesity. Dr D'Adamo (author of the Eat Right For Your Blood Type Diet) believes Bladderwrack is particularly helpful for O blood types who often tend to have low thyroid function.

Reproduced unabridged from the October - December 2004 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Thyroid Function:

Iodine Oral Drops
Thyro-max Support
Thyroid Maintenance Formula
Thyroid Balance

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Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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