A note of caution... a person can spend hundreds of dollars on vitamin supplements and sometimes even do more harm than good. The best way to determine if you need a vitamin supplement or to increase a vitamin in your diet is to ask your doctor for lab work. It's not uncommon to be low in more than one vitamin and some vitamins need to be taken together for optimal absorption.
4 Easy Self-Tests for Vitamin Deficiencies
A must watch video!! "Feeling worn down and fatigued? You could be experiencing a vitamin deficiency. Dr. Oz demonstrates four simple self-tests to determine if your body is lacking vitamins A, B12, B16 and D."
Thyroid Issues? What You Need to Know About Diet and Supplements
Eating too much soy causes problems only for those with hypothyroidism, which occurs when your thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormones, Dr. Nasr says. The main problem is that soy hinders absorption of the hormones such patients are taking. "Some studies show that if you eat a lot of soy, or drink a big glass of soy milk, within one hour of taking a thyroid hormone, it might affect absorption," he says. A lot of people depend on those hormones to achieve a steady state.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Pernicious anemia occurs more commonly in people who already have diseases that are linked to immune-system abnormalities, such as Graves' disease, hypothyroidism (under-functioning thyroid gland), thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid), vitiligo and Addison's disease (adrenocortical insufficiency).
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is one of the family of 13 vitamins and is essential to life and health. B12 along with folate (Vitamin B9) is essential for the production of red blood cells and aids in the maintenance of a healthy nervous system and immune system. B12 deficiency damages the fatty tissue - myelin - which surrounds and protects nerve fibres, it damages the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and nerves of the eye.
Bone mineral density in patients of Graves disease pre- & post-treatment in a predominantly vitamin D deficient population
Hyperthyroidism causes bone loss, and its treatment may restore bone mass, however, concomitant vitamin D deficiency may prevent this. We undertook this study to measure the bone mineral density (BMD) 25 (OH) vitamin D levels in patients with Graves disease in our population which is predominently vitamin D deficient and how we change with when patients become euthyroid.
The main role of vitamin D is regulating bone metabolism and calcium and phosphorus homeostasis. Over the past few decades, the importance of vitamin D in non-skeletal actions has been studied, including the role of vitamin D in autoimmune diseases, metabolic syndromes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, and all-cause mortality. Recent evidence has demonstrated an association between low vitamin D status and autoimmune thyroid diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease, and impaired vitamin D signaling has been reported in thyroid cancers. This review will focus on recent data on the possible role of vitamin D in thyroid diseases, including autoimmune thyroid diseases and thyroid cancers.
Magnesium metabolism in hyperthyroidism
"...These observations clearly indicate that in Graves' disease, the magnitude of magnesium metabolism alteration is closely related to the extent of the increase in thyroid hormones in plasma."
Beware of Biotin
Many patients are taking megadoses of biotin that can cause falsely high and falsely low results in a variety of laboratory tests, including thyroid tests. Patients are taking these supplements mainly to improve their hair, skin, and nails -- and might not consider them medications to report on their list. Biotin interference with lab tests could be causing misdiagnoses -- and even mistreatment -- in an unknown number of patients.