Dr Oz: Drugstore Thyroid Pills
Weight gain, hair loss, brain fog, fatigue, and moodiness are all signs of a potential problem with a slow thyroid. Those suffering often become desperate for help and unfortunately, there are companies preying on those people with hopes of making money. Dr Oz investigated one of the fastest-growing, over-the-counter supplement markets out there: drug store thyroid pills.
They’re marketed as an herbal solution that can take care of all those uncomfortable symptoms. But what’s the real deal?
Dr Oz: What Are Drug Store Thyroid Medications?
Dr Oz was joined by integrative women’s health specialist Dr Aviva Romm. Dr Romm explained that you can get drug store thyroid pills at a drug food store, a health food store, or even online, and they’re more common now than ever before. They’re usually a combination of supplements like minerals and herbs that can sometimes be helpful for your thyroid, like selenium and zinc, as well as other ingredients like cayenne pepper that may not necessarily help your thyroid.
The main problem is the variety of ingredients in the supplements. It’s important to know what you’re getting and what you’re doing to your body.
Dr Oz: How Thyroid Pills Are Marketed To You
Dr Romm showed everyone how easy it is to come across these pills, by typing “slow thyroid symptoms” into a search engine. Immediately, she was bombarded with advertisements for the medications, thanks to algorithms based on recent searches or interests.
Additionally, people may be easily attracted to the pills because they use specific wording on their bottles like “boost metabolism” or “improves focus.”
One big way people are becoming drawn to thyroid supplements is through hopes of weight loss. When your thyroid slows down, hormones slow down and your gut slows down. That can cause your belly to distend, making you feel bloated. Additionally, if you don’t have any thyroid hormone, fat cells get bigger. But that’s only the case if you truly have a problem with your thyroid.
Dr Oz: Too Much Iodine From Drug Store Thyroid Pills
Consumer Reports looked into drug store thyroid pills. Lisa Gill from Consumer Reports explained that what they found was that the main ingredient in most of the pills was iodine. You only need about 150 micrograms of iodine in your diet every day. You’re already getting iodine in your diet each day so consuming even more can result in serious health problems.
Dr Oz: Risks Of Too Much Iodine
If you ingest too much iodine, hormones have a much harder time leaving your thyroid gland. That can cause fatigue, heart problems, and more.
A lot of thyroid products also contain kelp which is loaded with iodine. Just one drop of liquid kelp contains as much as 800 micrograms of iodine, which is five times the amount you need in one day. That means you could be paying money to get better, but only getting worse. If you’re taking a multivitamin or adding salt to your food, you’re consuming even more iodine!