• Jasmine Blake Hollywood, MS, HHP

Can supplements be beneficial for Thyroid Disease?

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

Can Supplements be Beneficial?

It is preferred that practitioners recommend supplements that are beneficial to clients. However, supplements are made with fillers, dyes, poor quality metals, and chemicals. This reason makes it difficult for us to recommend just any supplement, especially to those with thyroid disease. Therefore we try to recommend the best. However, when it comes to thyroid supplements, the supplements recommended should aim to accelerate cell function instead of adding damage to the cells. Essentially, this is the purpose of taking a supplement, but it does not really designate a beneficial supplement company.

In choosing the right company for the job, I would prefer to use the companies' Pure Encapsulations, Innate Response, and Designs for Health. As nutritionists, options presented to clients say a lot about the kind of practitioner you are. When recommending the brands that are made with the correct ingredients to heal and not ones that damage, clients will not only see better results, but faster results.

The Reputation of Supplements

Many companies create supplements that promise chelated minerals, relief from pain, and guarantee an immune system boost when ingesting their supplements. Most of these brands are marketing a combination of minerals that aren't blended correctly or offer an ingredient in their product that is not actually in their product. Also, they have ingredients in their product that are confusing when read by the consumer. Sometimes the consumer sees the word calcium and does not understand that there are several different kinds of supplemented calcium, and some work better than others.

As a health coach in the field, I choose to focus my future practice on autoimmune disorders, thyroid conditions, detoxing, travel and eating well, weight loss, low carb, and behavioral lifestyle change. Which means, if I were to recommend supplements, I would need to select vitamin and mineral supplements that are worthy of my client's needs. As well, I would need companies that can prove just as worthy. Therefore, in lieu of having a variety of supplements to choose from, I would prefer to keep certain supplements on hand or specific brand names in my memory bank. These particular supplements are the ones I use most in my practice that will relate to the areas of nutrition I choose to focus on.

In suggesting supplements with benefits, practitioners have to ensure they solve a problem. For example, practitioners already suggest a few supplements that help regulate bacteria or regulate mood, for example. Examples like these can be beneficial if living a healthy lifestyle in addition to taking recommended medications correctly. Other examples of supplements that are often suggested are ones that help add focus and mental clarity, ones that are proven to help strengthen the immune system, and even some that have recent research on the effects of chelating heavy metals out of the body.

When practitioners recommend supplements, they are all backed by scientific studies and clinical practice that log results. The problem is, is that most practitioners would rather make a buck than really help their client benefit. Yes, we all need to make money, but the safety and wellness of clients should come first.

Quality versus Quantity

The brands that practitioners list are as generic as they can get, but that shouldn't take away from results. In coaching, I try to be reasonable without taking away the quality to add to the quantity of the supplement. Nonetheless, trying to select budget-friendly supplements that are easy to purchase and have a short turn around when being delivered, can be difficult. Wholeheartedly, as a health practitioner, people should also be able to supply a better brand. This would be at an increased cost for those who prefer the best of the best.

How I choose my Supplements and Why

In addition to my preferred collection of supplements, I choose to do more. If I have to choose a supplement, an example is below of how I choose a particular supplement brand and why. For example:

Thyroid Response®-Complete Care:

  • Which comes in a bottle that has 90 tablets [5]. This gives the client at least 3 months of supply.

  • Its ingredients are L-Tyrosine, Coleus forskohlii, kelp, holy basil, and Sensori® (which is ashwagandha). [5]. These are natural herbs and amino acids and no additional fillers.

Disease states that would benefit from this supplement are thyroid conditions and neurological conditions alike. L-Tyrosine, in particular, increases dopamine levels, via hydroxylation of tyrosine to L-dopa. [6]. In other words, L-tyrosine enhances the release of catecholamines dopamine and epinephrine during times of stress and can ultimately improve cognitive function. [6]. Diseases that have been reduced with of administration of L-Tyrosine are Parkinson's disease, phenylketonuria, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. [3]. Additionally, the thyroid gland binds iodine with tyrosine to make thyroid hormones T4 and T3. [1].

GI Response

  • Which comes in an 8.4 oz. (237 g) container. [2].

  • Its ingredients are L-Glutamine, botanicals, marshmallow root, slippery elm, and L-Alanine. [2]. These are natural herbs and amino acids and no additional fillers.

L Alanine helps support glutamine absorption. L-Glutamine supports the permeability of the intestinal barrier, as the mucosal lining is the main site of glutamine metabolism. [4].Diseases that would benefit from this supplement are Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), Enterocolitis, and Celiac Disease. [4].

To conclude, great supplements are always in my memory bank and my collection. They are hands down made of a selection of essential ingredients that are vital to human health. This is an effective way to help people and to get optimal results, and the best way to provide beneficial supplements.


  1. Ahad, F., & Ganie, S. A. (2010). Iodine, Iodine metabolism and Iodine deficiency disorders revisited. Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism14(1), 13–17.

  2. GI Response. (2019). Innate Response Formulas, Food State, Inc.. Retrieved fromhttps://www.innateresponse.com/product-p/44014.htm (Links to an external site.)

  3. Jongkees, B. J., Hommel, B., & Colzato, L. S. (2014). People are different: tyrosine's modulating effect on cognitive control in healthy humans may depend on individual differences related to dopamine function. Frontiers in Psychology5, 1101. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01101

  4. Rao, R., & Samak, G. (2012). Role of Glutamine in Protection of Intestinal Epithelial Tight Junctions. Journal of Epithelial Biology & Pharmacology5(Suppl 1-M7), 47–54. doi:10.2174/1875044301205010047

  5. Thyroid Response-Complete Care. (2019). Innate Response Formulas, Food State, Inc.. Retrieved from https://www.innateresponse.com/product-p/40107.htm (Links to an external site.)

  6. Young S. N. (2007). L-tyrosine to alleviate the effects of stress?. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN32(3), 224.