Pound for pound, your thyroid uses more minerals than any other organ in your body.
If your mineral stores are high, your thyroid works well, creating hormones that regulate your metabolism, skin health, body temperature, and more.
But if your mineral stores are low, your thyroid takes an especially big hit. Hormone production decreases or becomes dysregulated, and the effects echo throughout multiple systems in your body. Thyroid dysfunction can be devastating, and when you don’t have enough minerals, it happens quite quickly.
The trouble is that almost all of us are low in minerals. A recent national study from the CDC found that 97% of Americans have at least one mineral deficiency. [*]
Not surprisingly, thyroid conditions have been increasing in the last 20 years, and more than 12% of Americans will develop a clinical-grade thyroid condition in their lifetime. [*]
If your mineral stores are depleted—and there’s a good chance they are, even if you eat an excellent diet—your thyroid won’t have the building blocks it needs to make hormones, and your risk of developing a thyroid condition increases. And if you already have a thyroid condition, refilling your mineral stores can support your thyroid and make a huge difference in how you feel day-to-day.
That’s why a high-quality mineral supplement is so important. Here’s a look at why minerals matter for thyroid function, and how you can support your thyroid in 30 seconds, every morning.
Your Thyroid Needs Minerals to Function
Your thyroid is a tiny, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. Despite its small size, the thyroid does a lot. It produces hormones that control everything from metabolism to heartbeat.
Because it does so much, your thyroid is expensive for your body to maintain. It withdraws a huge amount of your body’s overall mineral stores for the production of thyroid hormones, which is why mineral depletion has such a negative impact on thyroid function.
Your thyroid gland uses nearly a dozen minerals, including the following:
Selenium is an essential cofactor for thyroid hormone production. In fact, your thyroid uses more selenium than any other part of your body. [*]
Zinc is also essential for thyroid hormone production, regulating both the synthesis of your thyroid hormones and their ability to work properly in your body. [*]
Iron deficiency is a strong predictor of thyroid disease, and research shows that replenishing iron stores in people with low iron status is an effective way to reverse thyroid dysfunction. [*]
Iodine is one of two main regulators of thyroid function, along with magnesium. Dose matters a lot with iodine. You want just the right amount: iodine deficiency is a leading cause of thyroid dysfunction in developing countries, while excess iodine is a leading cause of thyroid dysfunction in developed countries. [*]
- Magnesium is the other main regulator of thyroid function. It controls how iodine works in your thyroid. Together, iodine and magnesium keep your thyroid hormones in an ideal range so that your thyroid functions properly. If you’re low on magnesium, you can end up with too much or too little iodine in your thyroid, which can cause hypothyroidism. [*][*]
In short, minerals matter a lot when it comes to thyroid function. If you give your body plenty of minerals in the right ratios, you can support your thyroid and balance thyroid hormones naturally. But if your minerals become depleted, your thyroid can start to function abnormally, which can cause problems across your entire body.
Most People Are Mineral-Deficient (Even With a Good Diet)
Unfortunately, it’s hard to get enough minerals, even if you’re eating an excellent diet. Because of monocropping and other commercial farming practices, most modern soil is short on a lot of nutrients, including minerals.
As a result, our food is less nutrient-dense than ever. You see the impact in almost everyone. A recent survey by the CDC found that 97% of Americans have at least one mineral deficiency. [*] Virtually everyone is deficient in potassium, and a large majority of people are also deficient in magnesium, calcium, and iron. [*]
It’s no surprise that thyroid disorders have increased steadily in the United States over the past two decades. [*] Almost all of us need more minerals, and our thyroids are the first organs to suffer from our depleted mineral stores.
Individual Mineral Supplements Can Make Your Thyroid Worse
You may have heard that it’s a good idea to take certain minerals for your thyroid—for example, taking an iodine or magnesium supplement.
However, increasing individual mineral levels can actually do you more harm than good. Minerals almost never work alone in the body.
For example, magnesium and iodine work together in your thyroid to regulate hormone production. Magnesium controls the rate at which your thyroid uses iodine, so if one mineral is high and the other isn’t, you won’t see much benefit; to support your thyroid you need both, in the right ratio. [*]
This principle of balance is true for other minerals as well. You don’t need high doses of single minerals; you need a full spectrum of minerals in the right ratios.
Support Your Thyroid with a Full-Spectrum Mineral Supplement
If you want to support your thyroid, a fundamental step is to make sure your body is getting plenty of minerals.
That’s where BEAM Minerals comes in. We make mineral supplementation easy by offering full-spectrum mineral supplements that contain every single mineral your body needs, in ideal ratios, with close to 100% bioavailability.
All you have to do is take a capful each of our humic and fulvic complexes, every morning. They’re plant-based—derived from ultra-mineral-rich rainforest soil—and contain everything you need, in an easy-to-absorb liquid form (don’t worry; they taste like water).
If you want to support your thyroid, give BEAM Minerals a try. You can replenish your mineral stores in just 30 seconds a day.