According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), 12% of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition in their lifetime. Currently 20 million Americans suffer with Thyroid issues, 60% of them are completely unaware!
Sadly, the overwhelming majority are women. They are 8 times more likely than men to be affected. Though the exact cause of Thyroid disorders are currently unknown, there are a few options that help us fight this condition.
What is the Thyroid?
Before we get into the juicy stuff, we first need to understand the Thyroid and its many functions. This small gland in the middle of the lower neck produces a hormone that manipulates every organ, tissue and cell in the body. If you're wondering, this mysterious hormone is simply called "Thyroid hormone"--very original.
Now that we've established its function, let's break down the disease. There are two main conditions associated with Thyroid function: Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism. The first is associated with over-production of the Thyroid hormone. The symptoms are irritability, anxiety, muscle weakness, weight loss and sleep disturbance.
The second, and more common (Hypothyroidism), is associated with under-production of the Thyroid hormone. These symptoms include weight gain, slow metabolism, extreme fatigue and depression.
Now that you're a Thyroid expert, let's get into the good stuff--how Sea Moss can help combat this disease!
Sea Moss and Thyroid Health
One of the most touted benefits of Sea Moss is its rich mineral profile, if you've gotten this far in your research, you likely know Sea Moss contains 92 of the 102 minerals your body needs to function.
Of these 92 minerals, first it contains an abundance of Iodine. Think of iodine as the fuel needed to produce Thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland actually contains more iodine than any other organ in the body. Further more, 95% of patients with Thyroid disorders are iodine deficient!
Second, Sea Moss also contains the essential mineral Selenium, think of this as the spark that ignites the fuel in Thyroid hormone production. Without it, the process takes forever.
It's only fitting that I save the best for last! In addition to the aforementioned minerals, Sea Moss contains the Thyroid hormone precursor DI-Iodothyronine (DIT), and the thyroid hormones Thyroxin (T4) and Tri-iodothyronine (T3). These three ingredients help to regulate Thyroid function and promote optimum hormone production.
The result is a healthy functioning Thyroid--whether you suffer from hyper/hypothyroidism 🙂👍🏽.
American Thyroid Association. (n.d.). General Information/Press Room. Retrieved from https://www.thyroid.org/media-main/press-room/.