The thyroid, an endocrine gland, is a small butterfly shaped gland on the front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple & normally weighs about an ounce. The thyroid is responsible for manufacturing and secreting hormones into the blood & is actually under the control of the pituitary gland. The thyroid controls our temperature (hands and feet are cold if the thyroid is low), helps get rid of cellular waste (puffy face, arms & thighs if low), stimulates blood flow (brain fog = low thyroid), stimulates oxygen use in the liver, kidneys & muscles and it helps with sleep and mood (low thyroid = tiredness, insomnia and then agitation). Once the hormones arrive at their destination they interact with receptors in the cell nucleus to affect the rate
at which bodily functions happen.
Dr. Gay Canaris (Archives of Internal Medicine) really helped us understand how prevalent thyroid health problems have become today. Hypothyroidism (under active) is the most common with about 9% of Americans afflicted. Women make up about 7% of the 9%. Symptoms may include mood swings, headaches, poor circulation, weight gain, depression, low energy and that overall “run down” feeling. Interestingly enough, these symptoms are also the hallmark side effect of most American’s fast-paced,
fast food, high-stress lifestyle.
The thyroid hormone T3 (Triodothyronine) and T4 (Thyroxine) are the thyroid’s master hormones. The thyroid produces about 80% T4 & 20% T3. T3 produces about four times the hormone “strength” as T4. Iodine atoms and the amino acid Tyrosine are the main ingredients of these hormones. T3 has 3 iodine atoms and T4 has 4 iodine atoms.
Coleus Forskohlii is extremely complimentary to thyroid health in that it aids with fat breakdown in the bloodstream & it is abundant with the phytochemical forskolin. Forskolin basically mimics TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to promote healthy secretion of both T3 & T4.
Up the chain of command (so to speak), TSH is secreted by the pituitary gland to stimulate T3 & T4 release from the thyroid. Imagine the thyroid gland as the furnace & the pituitary gland as thermostats. Still further up the ladder, Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone (TRH) is secreted by the Hypothalamus to stimulate TSH
from the pituitary gland.
A simple test to determine thyroid health was discovered by Dr, Broda Barnes. Take a mercury thermometer & shake it down below 95 degrees. Upon waking put snugly in armpit for ten minutes. Normal range is 97.8-98.2. Test for three or four days to be sure of the results. A temperature below 97.8 may indicate hypothyroidism & need further investigation & testing.
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to learn about IODINE & the thyroid.
The thyroid can hold up to 50 mg iodine. Supplementing with iodine is good.
Common tests include:
- T3 resin uptake (Thyroid Hormone Binding Index or THBI). Most thyroid hormone in our blood is bound to certain proteins. Only a small amount is “free”. The resulting ratio from the test illuminates many facts.
- TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) measurement. The more we have in our blood, the less thyroid hormone is being released from the thyroid. The pituitary will not secrete much TSH when our T4 blood levels are normal.
Soy seems to affect women’s thyroid in a negative way. Adding iodine to soy can greatly diminish this negative influence. An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) is known as Grave’s Disease. An inflamed thyroid (thyroiditis) is known a Hashimoto’s Disease. Selenium helps keep the thyroid active.
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Extract from the myrrh tree. Guggal is the resinous sap of a tough little ten foot tall tree (commiphora mukal) that grows amongst the rocky hillsides of India’s least populated arid regions. The tree’s pinkish brown flowers produce a small red fruit. Each tree yields about one pound of Guggal resin per year, which then requires further reduction and purification to provide a standardized level of the most highly valued constituents (2.5% Guggalsterones – 44mg per serving).
Guggul contains essential oils, myrcene, Z and E guggulsterones, alpha-camphorene, various other guggulsterones, and makulol. The Z and E guggulsterones, extracted with ethyl acetate, are the constituents that appear to be responsible for lowering blood lipids. Its mention as treasure in the Bible is over 2,500 years old & its mention in ancient Ayurvedic texts goes back nearly as far.
It is used to lower cholesterol in a few different ways. One is by boosting thyroid function. When the thyroid is low, the liver makes fewer LDL receptors, (molecules whose job it is to pull LDL cholesterol out of the blood). Another way it lowers cholesterol is by improving the liver’s function and increasing the liver’s ability to absorb LDL cholesterol from the blood.
Guggal is the Myrrh of the Bible’s sacred formulas. This resin has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine, which combined it with other plant products to cleanse and rejuvenate the body, especially the blood vessels and the joints. It was also used for sore throats and digestive complaints. It is also an anti-inflammatory, benefiting respiratory concerns and arthritis.
Most interesting however, is how Guggal bolsters the thyroid, bringing this often sleepy organ closer to its full, vital, youthful efficiency, and enhancing our utilization of essential iodine – and creating a more youthful level of hormone production. Thyroid hormones are essential for turning lipids into productive energy at the potential net rate of about a pound per week, until reaching a youthful fat to muscle ratio,
which our genetic blueprint specifies.
Guggal is a most fascinating and complex extract with dozens upon dozens of hyper-exotic phytonutrients. A small handful of these have been identified as the primarily active components, but when isolated from their vast and complex life- created phytonutrient matrix, they do not function as anticipated. Only the complete concentrated resin extract contains the full compliment of phytonutrients, pure and clean of extraneous material, and with the primary constituents
developed to a standardized level.
As with all complex phytonutrient blends, Guggal’s beneficial results are diverse and far reaching. Guggal is a star among the Ayurved doctors as a catalyst of optimum lipid efficiency in the body. It positively impacts cholesterol as well as obesity. Guggal both slows the biosynthesis of cholesterol (the liver’s job) & facilitates excretion of excess cholesterol from the body. Other components in Guggal inhibit platelet aggregation (synergistic to Lecithin, Garlic & Ginkgo…) resulting in improved efficiency of blood. This means you get better cellular oxygenation, better nutrient delivery, & better toxin removal. With better protecting against the hazards of aggregation
there is less risk of stroke.
Guggal is also typically supplemented where there are gynecological disorders, a sluggish immune system or fungal infestations. In Chinese medicine, guggul is known as mo yao and is used to activate blood flow, relieve pain, and speed recovery. The normal dose is one 500-mg tablet, standardized at 2.5 % guggulsterones, three times daily.
Because guggul is reported to stimulate the thyroid, it makes sense to monitor thyroid hormones in people using guggul for long-term treatment. People with liver problems should use guggul only under the supervision of a physician willing to monitor liver enzymes. Some people in the clinical trials reported mild digestive upset. There are no other reports of side effects, although increased thyroid gland activity could presumably lead to complications such as nervousness, weakness, palpitations, or eye problems. Guggul may not be appropriate for people with chronic diarrhea.
No drug interactions have been reported.