“Thyroid” dysfunction is one of the most common hormone disorders in the world
New research shows that supplementation with zinc can have dramatic benefits for those suffering from abnormal levels of “thyroid” hormones. The “thyroid” is a two-inch gland that releases two separate hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones are essential in regulating a whole host of bodily processes, from metabolism and calcium balance to regulating the reproductive system and stimulating your cells to use oxygen and produce a protein.
The “thyroid” is located at the front of the neck, below the voice box. The neck swelling known as “goiter” occurs when the body is not getting enough “thyroid” hormone, and the gland grows dramatically in order to boost its production.
Zinc and the thyroid gland
Zinc plays an essential role in “thyroid” hormone function. In fact, without the presence of zinc, the “thyroid” gland cannot transform the inactive hormone T4 into the active hormone T3. People with insufficient zinc levels are likely to have an underactive thyroid gland.
Zinc is the second most important trace mineral in the body, surpassed only by iron. It plays an important role in immune function, wound healing, blood clotting, reproduction, growth and smell – many of the same functions as the “thyroid” gland.
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