Subclinical Hypothyroidism and Zinc Deficiency

There is a really important missing factor in subclinical hypothyroidism— a zinc deficiency. Check this out.

0:08 What is subclinical hypothyroidism?
0:27 Trace minerals involved in thyroid function
0:47 The thyroid and zinc connection 
1:25 Can having a slow thyroid cause a zinc deficiency?
1:38 What to do

Today we’re going to talk about subclinical hypothyroidism and a zinc deficiency. 

Subclinical hypothyroidism is a situation where you have a slow thyroid, but the blood values are still normal. If you’re looking at blood tests alone, you can completely miss this condition. 

There are several important trace minerals involved in thyroid function, such as:

• Iodine
• Selenium 
• Copper
• Zinc 

Zinc is not emphasized enough. Zinc is not only involved in the conversion from T4 to T3 but, it’s also involved in the synthesis of T4 and T3, as well as the thyroid-stimulating hormone. Without enough zinc, you can’t convert these hormones, and you can’t make thyroid hormones.

Once you have a hypothyroid condition, you’re going to have a hard time absorbing zinc. Having a slow thyroid may actually cause a zinc deficiency. 

If you have any thyroid symptoms, don’t forget about zinc. One great way to get more zinc is to consume more shellfish, sea kelp, or take a supplement. 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Thanks for watching! I hope this video helps you better understand how a zinc deficiency may be the missing factor in subclinical hypothyroidism.

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