ThyroidLearn Which Foods Support Thyroid Health

There are numerous foods that are beneficial to thyroid health. They are high in iodine and tyrosine.

Thyroid-Supporting Foods

Iodine-Rich Foods

Iodine is essential for thyroid health. Goiters tend to absorb much of the iodine from your bloodstream. Doctors recommend a high-iodine diet for people suffering from goiters.

High-iodine foods include sea vegetables, kelp, fennel, Jerusalem artichokes, cow’s milk, eggs, and raisins. Sprinkling iodized salt on your foods is one easy way to get a small amount of iodine in every meal.

Tyrosine-Rich foods

Tyrosine, an amino acid, is found in many goitrogenic foods, such as wheat, peanuts, and soybeans. It is possible, however, to get ample tyrosine without also getting too many goitrogens. Some excellent sources include pumpkin seeds, beef, fish, eggs, bananas, avocados, poultry, salmon, and almonds.

Animal-based foods are high in protein, vitamin B12, and selenium.  These nutrients are essential for your thyroid health.

Fruits and Non-Cruciferous Vegetables

If you have thyroid issues, the best foods to eat are fruits and non-cruciferous vegetables. They contain high amounts of antioxidants, especially when fresh. These antioxidants protect your body from free radical damage.

The best non-goitrogenic vegetables are squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, green beans, peas, cucumber, asparagus, eggplant, carrots, and celery. They are all high in electrolytes, such as potassium and sodium, which contribute to the movement of fluids in your body.

Fruits are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Non-goitrogenic fruits include mangoes, citrus fruits, blueberries, dark-skinned grapes, pomegranates, guavas, cherries, apricots, apples, pineapples, and kiwis.

For the best thyroid health, eat the foods mentioned in this article, and give your body the nutrition it deserves.


Dr. Veronica Anderson is an MD, Functional Medicine practitioner, Homeopath. and Medical Intuitive. As a national speaker and designer of the Functional Fix and Rejuvenation Journey programs, she helps people who feel like their doctors have failed them. She advocates science-based natural, holistic, and complementary treatments to address the root cause of disease. Dr. Veronica is a highly-sought guest on national television and syndicated radio and hosts her own radio show, Wellness for the REAL World, on FOX Sports 920 AM “the Jersey” on Mondays at 7:00 pm ET.

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