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Natural Treatment For Hyperthyroidism: Diet

One of the most common questions people with hyperthyroidism (most commonly Grave's Disease) ask is what foods should they eat.

Top 10 foods for hyperthyroidism

Some of the best foods are the goitrogens. Goitrogens are foods that inhibit the uptake of iodine into the thyroid. These include foods in the Brassica family.

Note that cooking can destroy the goitrogenic properties of these foods. Therefore it may be best to have them raw, or minimally cooked (steamed, blanched).

Broccoli Broccoli
Kale Kale
Brussels sprouts Brussels sprouts
Turnips Turnips
Cauliflower Cauliflower




Cabbage has many medicinal properties. It is especially helpful for the digestive system (partially because it is high in the amino acid glutamine. In fact, an old naturopathic treatment before the popularity of many supplements, was to juice cabbage to heal the digestive system (many people with hyperthyroidism have weakened digestive systems).


Rutabaga Rutabaga
Watercress Watercress
Radish Radish
Millet Millet

Millet is particularly high in goitrogenic activity. Some people may not be used to the taste. If trying it, it may be best to look online for a recipe with millet that you would enjoy.

Other foods high in goitrogenic activity include:

Worst Food for Hyperthyroidism



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[2] Amy Joy Lanou, Should diary be recommended as part of a healthy vegetarian diet? 2009 American Society for Nutrition