Natural thyroid hormone treatment for optimal thyroid health
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. The thyroid gland secretes hormones that are carried to nearly every cell in the body, regulating metabolism, body temperature, heart rate, brain function, and much more.
When the thyroid gland is unable to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormone, it results in a condition called hypothyroidism.
The thyroid gland regulates many functions in the body
When thyroid hormone is lacking, everything slows down. Fatigue, weight gain, constipation, forgetfulness, hair loss, slow heart rate, and cold intolerance are often experienced by the hypothyroid patient.
While there are many alternative methods that can help to support or strengthen the thyroid gland, the deficient hormone levels must be replaced in order to avoid complications associated with a hypothyroid state. Commonly, doctors will prescribe a daily dose of the synthetic thyroid hormone called levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levothroid, or Levoxyl). While this might be the most popular treatment option, it’s not necessarily the safest or most effective.
What’s the difference between synthetic thyroid hormones and bioidentical thyroid hormones?
Synthetic Thyroid Hormones
Synthetic hormones are man-made hormone-like substances that, while similar, have very different structural properties when compared natural hormones. Levothyroxine is a synthetic hormone designed to mimic T4, one of the hormones produced by the thyroid gland. A normal, healthy thyroid gland produces both T3 and T4 in specific ratios, along with the hormones T1, T2, and calcitonin. Since levothyroxine alone replaces only 1 of these, it often provides patients with sub-optimal results.
Bioidentical Thyroid Hormones
Bioidentical thyroid hormones contain purified dessiccated porcine thyroid extract. These medications are marketed under brand names like Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid, and Westhroid. These bioidentical thyroid hormone preparations contain adequate ratios of T3 and T4, along with another very important hormone produced by the thyroid called calcitonin. Calcitonin helps to regulate calcium levels in the body, preventing osteoporosis, heart problems, and kidney disease. Although medical research has yet to determine the clinical significance of the hormones T1 and T2, it should be noted that the bioidentical preparations do contain these as well.
Are Bioidentical Thyroid Hormones More Effective Than Synthetic Thyroid Hormones?
Many people treated with synthetic levothyroxine are unable to convert the passive form of thyroid hormone called T4 into the active form of thyroid hormone called T3. For these people, a dose of synthetic levothyroxine that provides T4 does not effectively relieve the symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Unlike synthetic thyroid hormones that only provide T4, bioidentical thyroid hormones contain a natural form of levothyroxine that provides the passive form of thyroid hormone called T4. They also contain a natural form of liothyronine that provides the active form of thyroid hormone called T3. For people who can’t convert T4 into T3, bioidentical thyroid hormones supply the T3 for them.
Synthroid was first marketed in 1955, but it was not approved by the FDA for hypothyroidism treatment until 2002. The FDA claimed that Synthroid doses were not standardized, and that the medication was “not reliably potent and stable” because it had a history of potency issues.
On the other hand, bioidentical thyroid hormones are standardized and approved for thyroid hormone replacement by the FDA.
If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, or suspect you might have it, a complete hormone panel can uncover the underlying cause of thyroid dysfunction.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, can be very effective in normalizing thyroid hormone levels. One of our hormone specialists can appropriately evaluate your symptoms of Hypothyroidism through our extensive testing. If you have insurance labs are covered.
At our Boca Raton Wellness & Hormone Center, our team of hormone specialists are here to help you take your life back.
If you’re looking for help with your symptoms of Hypothyroidism, take the first step on the road to wellness and give us a call today at 561-243-1219.