Info: 90 Veg. Capsules
Thyroid hormones have a tremendous impact on our health. In addition to being one of the main contributors to the body's ability to convert food into energy, they play a role in areas as diverse as the health of our nails, hair, bones and muscles. An improper production of them can lead to litany of problems including weight gain, cardiovascular issues, constipation, and fatigue. AOR's Thyro-Support offers a special formulation that helps in supplementing the body's intake of the minerals necessary to maintain healthy production of thyroid hormones. With the staples for thyroid production, tyrosine and iodine, added to a mix of minerals such as zinc, copper, and selenium, Thyro-Support can ensure you feel your best and produce enough thyroid hormone to maintain a healthy body.
The biochemical actions of hormones accurately reflect the word's original translation from the Greek 'orµn', which literally means 'to set in motion'. Far more than merely chemical messengers, hormones are generated by the glands to be the initiating forces that stimulate a cascade of biological activity resonating throughout the entire body. Of these, none are more critical than the hormones produced by the thyroid glands.
Thyroid hormones are universally important, playing central roles in the healthy function of the human cardiovascular, nervous, muscular and skeletal systems, and their effects extend to the health of bowels and even skin, nails and hair. The thyroid gland is the primary regulator of the body's metabolic rate. Hypothyroidism is a medical condition defined by the insufficient production of thyroid by the thyroid gland. However, in recent decades a less severe – but more widespread – version of the condition known as subclinical hypothyroidism has been identified. Subclinical hypothyroidism, although not officially recognized by conventional medicine, affects up to 15% of the elderly and can lead to fatigue, weight gain, cardiovascular disturbances, oversensitivity to cold, dry skin, brittle nails, constipation and overall weakness and depression. For these reasons, measures taken to ensure the optimum vitality of one’s thyroid production can be invaluable, and such measures (which would augment a balanced diet) can be achieved most efficiently through proper supplementation.
This supplementation would include the basic thyroid necessities of tyrosine and iodine. The former is an amino acid that is an essential precursor for triiodothyronine (or T3, the most powerful thyroid hormone, affecting almost every bodily process, including body temperature, heart rate, and metabolic growth) as well as thyroxine (or T4, which plays a 'supporting' role to T3). T3 is 4-10x more biologically active than T4. The gland secretes mostly T4 but most of this T4 is converted to T3 in the periphery and around 80% of the circulating T3 is derived from T4. T4 is converted to T3 through the removal of one iodine molecule in the liver, spleen or the kidneys. Only the unbound thyroid hormones can access target cell receptors, and less than 1% of circulating T3 and 0.1% of T4 is unbound. Iodine, on the other hand, is an essential mineral that actually forms part of the atomic composition of both T3 and T4. One-quarter of the body's entire iodine supply is found in the thyroid gland.
The Ayurvedic herb Coleus forskohlii, and its active constituent Forskolin, has demonstrated its ability to raise the production and release of thyroid hormones in animal and in-vitro studies. Indeed, such studies have revealed that Coleus forskohlii does this by stimulating adenylate cyclase, which in turn produces cyclic adenosine mono phosphate (cAMP), an important regulator of cellular function, energy expenditure and a hormonal response modifier. Studies have shown that cells from hypothyroid rats produce less cAMP. cAMP is an important redox agent with attributes similar to ATP, CoQ10 and NADH. Coleus forskohlii is especially useful in cases of hypothyroidism because it increases thyroid hormone production and release.
Bacopa monniera is a plant extract of the water hyssop, a plant valued in India for its neuroprotective activity and its ability to enhance cognitive function. Studies in male mice showed that Bacopa possesses powerful thyroid stimulating effects, increasing T4 concentration by 41% after supplementation for 15 days.
Finally, the essential minerals zinc, copper, and selenium also play fundamental roles in the maintenance of healthy thyroid function.
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Each capsule contains:
L-Tyrosine … 333.3 mg
Iodine (Potassium Iodide) … 166.7 mcg
Coleus forskohlii (10% forskolin) [also known as Plectranthus barbatus, with 10% Colforsin] … 83.3 mg
Bacopa monnieri extract (50% bacosides A&B) … 100 mg
Copper (Malate) … 166.7 mcg
Zinc (Citrate, Fumarate) … 1.66 mg
Selenium (Selenomethionine) … 55 mcg
Non-medicinal ingredients: dicalcium phosphate, maltodextrin. Capsule: hypromellose.
Take one capsule three times a day with food, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications. For use beyond four weeks, consult a health care practitioner.
Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. May cause gastrointestinal disturbances such as epigastric burning sensation and nausea. Discontinue use if rash develops. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are following a low protein diet.
Health Canada Natural Product Number: 80024543.