Too many people have thyroid problems these days, for a number of reasons. However, here’s a natural treatment which just might help you – it’s worth a try. Collagen provides very important balanced amino acids. By eating only muscle meats, you create an imbalance in the types of amino acids your body needs, which can impede thyroid hormone production. Meat is good, don’t get me wrong, we certainly need it to be healthy, but there are some important amino acids we are short of if we don’t have regular bone broth, tendons and gristle etc, in addition to our meat and animal protein.
Collagen provides an abundant source of the amino acid glycine – which blocks a common compound that inhibits thyroid function. As the immune system breaks down toxins, a compound called endotoxin is released, activating an inflammatory response which could lower thyroid hormone levels. Collagen is naturally high in glycine which blocks this from happening, and probably why so many people have so much energy on collagen.
Collagen helps to reduce stress – overproduction of cortisol (our stress hormone) causes damage to the body especially the thyroid and the liver and often leads to adrenal fatigue. The naturally-occurring high level of glycine in collagen is responsible for helping to reduce stress and promote proper thyroid function. Too little protein consumption will also lead to decreased production of thyroid hormones according to a study by the Journal of Metabolism. Just by the way, hundreds of studies have shown soy protein decimates thyroid function, so please do not eat this fake form of protein. Collagen is a healthy option to obtain more protein in your diet, especially if you are not a great meat eater.
A 2014 study showed that thyroid hormone directly regulates synthesis of type 1 collagen (as found in my brand of Pure Hydrolysed Collagen) in tendons. Low thyroid hormones lead to reduced collagen synthesis, accelerated ageing, weaker tendons and increased susceptibility to injury, especially the Achilles tendon. Collagen brings elasticity, strength and flexibility to skin and tendons, joints and ligaments – extremely important if you are hypothyroid.
Hypothyroid problems lead to:
- Dry wrinkled skin, accelerated ageing
- Brittle nails
- Hair loss, brittle hair, thinning hair, thinner hair strands
- Slower wound healing
- Very dry skin
- Premature onset of wrinkles
- Stiffness, joint pain
The thyroid hormones T4 and T3 are responsible for the moisture levels in our skin, and by supplementing collagen, you will find your skin elasticity and hydration is greatly improved, as well as seeing wrinkles soften. Hair follicles are also dependent on the collagen matrix in the dermal layer of the skin – without adequate collagen hair loss as well as the thinning of each hair is to be expected. Daily collagen supplementation dramatically reduces these effects if you are hypothyroid.
Lastly, the joint pain and stiffness are eased to normal levels by collagen in clinically proven studies. Just a tablespoon a day can keep your joints and body pain free – 2 tablespoons is even better per day.
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