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The thyroid is responsible for hormones that affect mood, improve circulation, increase metabolism, retain calcium, affect cardiovascular health, improve tolerance to temperature fluctuations, minimize body fat, reduce the tendency for obesity, minimize menstrual disturbances, improve energy, reduce the dryness of skin and hair, and reduce premature hair loss [1-3]. Yet thyroid problems are very common [2].

Unfortunately, medical interventions are often incomplete as blood tests often do not recognize certain forms of hypothyroidism [2,3]. Furthermore, even when found medically, most medical interventions are limited to the prescribing of synthetic T4 (levothyroxine), which tends to shut the thyroid down [4], and thus possibly increasing the tendency for osteoporosis [3-5], as well as sometimes increasing mood problems and some other symptoms associated with low thyroid function.

Vegetarian Thyro is a 100% vegan Food supplement intended to nutritionally support the thyroid and improve metabolism. Vegetarian Thyro is basically Food intended for thyroid gland. If additional endocrine support is indicated, consider adding Vegetarian Adrenal or Bean Tyrosine.

Brown Kelp is a Food source of trace minerals, and an excellent source of iodine [6]. Kelp has long been used (since 3000 B.C.) to provide nutritional support for the thyroid gland [7-8]. Gary Null, Ph.D., has written, "Kelp can rebalance thyroid metabolism, resulting in successful weight management and the reversal of many conditions which are caused by a thyroid imbalance, including stomach and respiratory disorders" [8].

Carrots contain a variety of carotenoids, which is a vitamin A precursor. Low levels of vitamin A are associated with increased risk of thyroid goiters and deficiencies affect thyroid metabolism [9]. "[A] decade-long Harvard study indicated that by getting 50 milligrams of carotenoids in every other day"significantly reduced the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and cataracts" [7].

Copper is a mineral which, in proper dosages, is essential to the human body. Vegetarian Thyro contains copper in a B-vitamin containing Food. Copper works with zinc in the body, and zinc without copper can lead to imbalances [10]. Food copper is not like non-food forms such as copper chloride [11].

Guar gum seed is a water soluble fiber (in the form of a galactomannan), extracted from locust beans. It improves "tolerance to glucose by decreasing absorption", which makes it of value for many [12].

Iodine can be properly called THE THYROID mineral since the body"s sole use of the mineral iodine is for the thyroid to make thyroid hormones (T1,T2,T3, & T4) [1,5,7]. The primary thyroid hormone (T1) is called monoiodotyrosine, which means it needs iodine and tyrosine [5]. It gets converted to T2 with the addition of more iodine, then to T3 with more iodine then to T4 with even more iodine.

Irish Moss Chondrus crispus contains humic and fulvic acids (FAs) which increase the solubility of toxic metals [13], thus it is sometimes used to detoxify. Detoxification can be an issue with thyroid health as some believe that substances like chloride and fluoride can bind with the thyroid and interfere with iodine absorption. "Irish moss and Kelp combination is used to balance hormonal indeficiency especially in the thyroid gland. It increases the metabolic rate, thyroid activity, and the detoxifying function of the body. The herbs {also} supply trace minerals"[and] is commonly used in conjunction with"the complex of B vitamins, vitamin A,"and zinc" [14] .

L-tyrosine an amino acid required for the production of thyroid hormones, T1,T2,T3, and T4 [5]. Tyrosine may reduce the net rate of protein breakdown in the body and appears to help with endurance [15]. Tyrosine has an effect nerve impulse transmission and may "improve vigilance and lessen anxiety" [16]. Gary Null (Ph.D.) considers tyrosine to be a therapeutic amino acid for depression as well was an antiencephalopathic, antiparkinsonian, and an antidepressant [17]. Women on oral contraceptives have been found to have less plasma and brain levels of tyrosine which results in a reduction in catecholamines, which affect mood. [18]. Oral consumption of tyrosine has, in some case, been shown to completely alleviate depression while increasing plasma tyrosine levels [19,20]. It has also been shown to help when MAO inhibitors did not [20]. In rat models vitamin C has enhanced the ability of tyrosine to decrease blood pressure [7,21]. Interestingly, "Tyrosine has been known to normalize blood pressure whether high or low. Tyrosine is being tested by the Air Force to enhance performance under stress" [22].

The body naturally produces tyrosine by converting it from phenylalanine [7]. "Compared with tyrosine which has a de novo synthesis component limited by phenylalanine oxidation, most nonessential amino acids have a very large de novo synthesis components because of the metabolic pathways they are involved in" [7]. This might explain why taking separate tyrosine is more helpful for many than taking other separate amino acids classified as nonessential"they can be made with much easier (with less restriction) than tyrosine can (tyrosine requires liver hydroxylation).

Rice bran is a Food source of B vitamins [23], which are often used for stress and anxiety.

Selenium seems to support thyroid hormone production, function as part of many enzymes, have antioxidant effects, and supports cardiovascular health [24]. Food selenium is about twice as well retained than non-food selenium [25].

Watercress Nasturium officinalis is an evergreen that thrives in clear cold water. It has been written that, "Watercress is strongly alkaline due to its high potassium content"Watercress increases blood circulation and increases energy". It increases physical endurance and stamina" [26].

Zinc deficiency in humans can cause thyroid problems, alopecia, impotence, skin problems, immune deficiencies, increased susceptibility to infection/sore throats, night blindness, impaired taste, delayed wound healing, impaired appetite, photophobia (hypersensitivity to light), difficulty in dark adaptation, growth retardation, male infertility (low sperm counts), liver enlargement, and spleen enlargement [7,27].

Many people simply take Vegetarian Thyro as a Food supplement to help them feel better.



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[2] Many thyroid conditions are underdiagnosed. Med Trib, Jan 25,1996;2

[3] Thiel R. Suspected hypothyroidism: treat, ignore, or feed? International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, 2002; 1(1): 12-22

[4] Physician"s Desk Reference, 60th ed. Thompson PDR, Montvale (NJ), 2006

[5] Guyton AG, Hall JE. Textbook of Medical Physiology, 9th ed. W.B. Saunders Co., Phil., 1996 [21] Ensminger AH, Ensminger ME, Konlande JE, Robson JRK. Food & Nutrition Encyclopedia, 2nd ed. CRC Press, New York, 1993

[6] Seaweed, kelp, raw. USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 11-1, August 1997

[7] Ensminger AH, Ensminger ME, Konlande JE, Robson JRK. Food & Nutrition Encyclopedia, 2nd ed. CRC Press, New York, 1993

[8] Null G. The Complete Encyclopedia of Natural Healing. Kensington Books, 1998

[9] Michael B. Zimmermann, Rita Wegm"ller, Christophe Zeder, Nourredine Chaouki and Toni Torresani. The Effects of Vitamin A Deficiency and Vitamin A Supplementation on Thyroid Function in Goitrous Children. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004;89(11):5441-5447

[10] Shils ME, Olson JA, Shike M. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 9th ed. Williams & Wilkins, Balt., 1999

[11] Shils ME, et al eds.. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 10th ed. Lippinoctt Williams & Wilkins, Balt., 2006

[12] Trinick TR, Laker MF, Johnston DG, Keir M, Buchanan KD, Alberti KG. Effect of guar on second-meal glucose tolerance in normal man. Clin Sci (Lond). 1986;71(1):49-55

[13] Wu J, West LJ, Stewart DI.. Effect of humic substances on Cu(II) solubility in kaolin-sand soil. J Hazard Mater. 2002 Oct 14;94(3):223-238

[14] Pedersen M. Nutritional Herbology. Whitman Books, Warsaw (IN), 1998

[15] Blomstrand E, Newsholme EA. Effect of branch-chain amino acid supplementation on exercise-induced change in aromatic amino acid concentration in human muscle. ACTA Physiol Scand,1992;146:293-298

[16] Specific nutrients aid in high-performance activity. Nutr Week, June 4, 1994:7

[17] Null G. The Clinician"s Handbook of Natural Healing. Kensington Books, NY, 1997

[18] Moller SE. Tryptophan and Tyrosine Availability and Oral Contraceptives. Lancet, September 1, 1979:472

[19] Gelenberg AJ, Wojcik JD, Growdon JH, et al. Tyrosine for the Treatment of Depression. Am J Psychiatry, 1980;137(5):622-623

[20] Goldberg IK. L-Tyrosine in Depression. Lancet, August 16, 1980:364.

[21] Hemila H. Vitamin C and Lowering Blood Pressure: Need For Intervention Trials. Journal of Hypertension, 1991;9(11):1076-1077

[22] Hamiliton K. Clinical Pearls, 1992. ITServices, Sacramento, 1991

[23] Sheldon S, Rorvik D, eds. PDR for Nutritional Supplements. Medical Economics, Montvale (NJ), 2001

[24] Levander OA, Burk RF. Selenium. In Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 8th ed. Lea & Febiger, Phil., 1994:242-263

[25] Biotechnology in the Feed Industry. Nottingham Press, UK, 1995: 257-267

[26] Ritchason J. The Little Herb Encyclopedia, 3 rd ed. Woodland Health Books, Pleasant Grove (UT), 1995

[27] Cunnane SC. Zinc: Clinical and Biochemical Significance. CRC Press, Boca Raton (FL),1988

Some of these studies (or citations) may not conform to peer review standards (though most do). Therefore, the results are not conclusive. Professionals can, and often do, come to different conclusions when reviewing scientific data. None of these statements have been reviewed by the FDA. All products distributed by Doctors" Research, Inc. are nutritional and are not intended for the treatment or prevention of any medical condition.



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