Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A Plug for Selenium
Many of my patients are war-torn from the battle of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. One day they feel stable, the next day they crash.
As a data-driven physician-scientist, I love finding robust proof that something can make a difference, particularly among the clients I have with Hashi’s.
Here it is: a new meta-analysis of all the data on SELENIUM and how it helps in Hashi’s. If you’re not on the stuff, get thee to the local health food store.
Here’s the scoop.
Overall, there have been four randomized trials of selenium supplementation in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, of at least 3 months duration. You know from my previous posts that I am insanely joyful for randomized trials, where a group of patients is randomly assigned to a treatment or a placebo, because this is the type of research with the least bias. And that’s a very good thing.
After 3 months, here is what they found when you group the four studies together: significantly lower thyroid peroxidase antibodies and higher rate of well-being and/or mood compared to controls. Amount of thyroid treatment and ultrasound of the thyroid were unchanged or not thoroughly reported.
Bottom line: Selenium supplementation is a good idea in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
-Written by Dr. Gottfried