Optimal thyroid function supports healthier hormones and a balanced metabolism. The effects of an overactive thyroid (or hyperthyroidism) include excessive weight loss, physician anxiousness and other unwanted results.
On the other end of the spectrum, an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can slow your metabolism, increasing weight gain out of proportion with your calorie intake. Luckily there are several herbs that promote thyroid health and help to balance hormones. Here are herbs P through R in the A to Z of healing herbs:
This commonly used culinary herb contains reasonable amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin C as well as copper and manganese. All of these nutrients support healthy thyroid function and hormone production.
Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)
This aromatic shrub was used historically by first peoples in North America for medicinal purposes. In addition to stimulating circulation, herbal tonics made using the bark of the tree also assist long-term thyroid function.
Rhodiola rosea or golden root has many positive health benefits. It is thought to bolster the nervous system, alleviate depression and is also thought to promote enhanced cognitive ability. Besides all this, Rhodiola supports healthy endocrine function. The endocrine system is the complex of glands which includes the thyroid, and the system as a whole regulates hormone production.
You may enjoy using this common culinary herb in the kitchen, but besides its lovely aroma it also has numerous beneficial health properties. Rosemary is said to lift the mood and ease anxiety, and is even thought to help memory. Rosemary contains compounds that have natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
When it comes to thyroid health, rosemary is thought to improve overall thyroid function. Make a meal incorporating both parsley and rosemary into flavouring for separate dishes and enjoy a healthy, balancing thyroid boost.
The multiple health benefits of these herbs should remind that nature’s medicine chest is diverse and can be used to promote wellbeing and balance. Add your favourite herbs to a salad or blend them in a smoothie. Search healthy cooking sites for ideas on how to incorporate common culinary varieties into your meal plan creatively.