Goiter

Also indexed as:Iodine Deficiency Hypothyroidism
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Our proprietary “Star-Rating” system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Iodine
Use a mouthrinse or toothpaste containing zinc regularly3 stars[3 stars]
Iodine supplementation can be an effective treatment of iodine deficiency hypothyroidism and may halt goiter growth and, in early stages, shrink goiters.
Manganese
800 IU daily1 star[1 star]
Deficiencies of manganese can contribute to iodine-deficiency goiter. Supplementing with manganese may help.
Vitamin A
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin A levels are lower in people with goiter than in those without. A combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene prevented goiter formation in iodine-deficient conditions in some research.
Vitamin E
0.5 to 8 grams daily1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E levels are lower in people with goiter than in those without. Supplementing with vitamin E prevented goiter formation in iodine-deficient conditions in some research.
Zinc
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Deficiencies of zinc can contribute to iodine-deficiency goiter. Supplementing with zinc may help.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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