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Aloe Vera Juice May Reduce Thyroid Antibodies

Aloe Vera Juice May Reduce Thyroid Antibodies

A recent study was published that looked at the effects of Aloe Vera juice on Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  What they found was a significant reduction in thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibodies.  TPO antibodies are commonly elevated in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and are largely responsible for reducing thyroid function. Those with Hashimoto’s common experience symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, weight gain and memory problems.

The study included women with diagnosed Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and elevated TSH levels above 4mU/L along with elevated TPO antibodies.  They were given 50mL of Aloe Vera juice daily for 9 months and their labs checked again.  These women were not using thyroid hormone, nor were they taking anything that might treat their Hashimoto’s. The average TSH levels in the group at the start of the trial was 5.19mU/L and the average level of TPO antibodies 1020U/mL.  At 3 months of using the Aloe Vera juice daily, the treated group saw a reduction in TSH to 3.12 and a reduction in TPO antibodies to 825.  By the end of the 9 months, the treatment group on average had an average TSH of 2.01 and an average TPO level of 347.  The placebo group in this study had no change in either TSH or TPO antibodies. This is a huge reduction in TSH and thyroid antibodies in such a short amount of time.

Additional studies should be done to confirm the efficacy of Aloe Vera juice, but these preliminary findings are promising. There are not very many substances currently that are able to lower antibodies for Hashimoto’s this quickly.  There is extensive research on selenomethionine (selenium) and how effective it is at lowering antibodies. Adding Aloe into general treatment plans could lead to even more support for this autoimmune disease.

Like any herbal substance though, it is important to check with a doctor before you start any treatment for Hashimoto’s.  If you are looking for a provider that has knowledge in treatments for autoimmune diseases, our doctors are just that! Call our office today to schedule a free 15 min consult with one of our providers to get your questions answered on how alternative medicine can help your autoimmune symptoms.

Heavy Metals and Thyroid Function

Heavy Metals and Thyroid Function

The thyroid gland is a large endocrine gland in the neck that secretes two different thyroid hormones, called T3 and T4.  These hormones are responsible for several functions in the body, most of which having to do with metabolism, growth and development.  There are many conditions that result from too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) orContinue Reading

Irregular periods?  Get to the root cause!

Irregular periods? Get to the root cause!

Wouldn’t it be great to have your period less often, or at least consistently?  Every woman likely asks herself this at some point.  Starting your period (also called menses) more or less frequently than every 21 to 35 days can actually indicate an underlying problem. Infrequent and heavy menses are typically triggered by hormonal irregularities. Continue Reading

Thyroid Disease is Connected to Diabetes

Thyroid Disease is Connected to Diabetes

We diagnose many patients with thyroid disease and many patients with diabetes, but did you know that having one of these conditions markedly increases your risk of developing the other?  In type 1 and type 2 diabetes, there is an increased risk of both low thyroid hormone and high thyroid hormone, but that risk isContinue Reading

Hormones and Chronic Inflammation – How Are They Affecting You?

Hormones and Chronic Inflammation – How Are They Affecting You?

The hormones in your body, which comprise the ‘endocrine system’, are essential and extremely nuanced chemicals that have intricate functions in virtually every system in your body.  Variations in the closely-regulated levels of specific hormones can have a marked impact on the difference between health and disease.  Because hormones often work hand-in-hand with the immuneContinue Reading

Selenium and the Thyroid – How This Simple Mineral Can Make a Big Difference

Selenium and the Thyroid – How This Simple Mineral Can Make a Big Difference

Selenium has been gaining popularity in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, especially autoimmune thyroiditis.  While comprehensive personalized treatments need to be given for those with autoimmune diseases, selenium may be an excellent addition to treatment protocols for autoimmune thyroiditis.  Let’s look into how it works and why it can be so beneficial. Selenium is aContinue Reading

Mercury and Autoimmune Disease

Mercury and Autoimmune Disease

There has been much controversy over the last few decades in regards to environmental toxicity and its impact on human health.  While it is almost impossible to completely avoid all forms of exposure to heavy metals and other toxic elements, more research is showing that even small amounts that linger in our cells for longContinue Reading

The Autoimmune Connection – How Diagnosis with one Autoimmune Disease Increases Your Risk For Another

The Autoimmune Connection – How Diagnosis with one Autoimmune Disease Increases Your Risk For Another

Autoimmune diseases are on the rise in the United States, and despite this growing prevalence, there is still very little public education about which diseases are classified as autoimmune and how each of these conditions are connected.  Statistics from the NIH (National Institutes of Health) show that up to 23.5 million Americans have been diagnosedContinue Reading

Iodine and the Thyroid – An Ever Delicate Balance

Iodine and the Thyroid – An Ever Delicate Balance

Our clinic sees many different thyroid disorders and one of the main questions that we get from patients is about whether supplemental iodine will be helpful for their thyroid.  While we wish that the answer to this question were simple, the role of iodine in the thyroid is a complicated one.  We will outline theContinue Reading

Autoimmune Diseases – What Are They?

Autoimmune Diseases – What Are They?

Autoimmune diseases are quite common in our community, but the terminology “autoimmune” is still unrecognizable by many people.  Why is that?  In general, most people who suffer from symptoms of an autoimmune disease have never actually received a specific diagnosis.  Also, many of these types of diseases were discovered before modern medicine determined that theyContinue Reading