I have Grave's disease (HYPERthyroid) and I recently bought organic dried nettles to use for tea. However, I was so excited about the health benefits that I researched, but missed the fact that stinging nettles contain iodine. A few folks in the STTM FB group suggested that I ask you how much iodine you think they contain -- trace amounts or enough that I should avoid consuming nettles? Any ideas?
I don't used iodized salt, avoid dairy, and don't consume a lot of iodine-containing seafood, so my guess who old be that my thyroid can handle a small amount of iodine since my T3 and T4 are within normal range. It's my thyroid antibodies that are way too high and I'm trying to get under control with eating the AIP diet, removing an infected root canal tooth, and better controlling life's stresses.
Any opinions based on your extensive knowledge of herbs and plants would be so appreciated. Thank you! I love your website and plan to make the nettle infusion but want to make sure I can still partake of this delicious health drink first.
Enjoy your week and thank you for anything you can offer.
The other infusions NOT tea Susun recommends would be of great use to you as well.
More on Infusions here:
If you are concerned with an overactive thyroid you may want to try some lemon balm, 1-3 cups of tea per day.
Here is what Ryan Drum has to say about Melissa officinalis (lemon balm)
"MELISSA in particular, when delivered in measured doses as tincture, tea, or less exactly, freshly extracted juice from a "wheatgrass juicer" stops TSH from binding to its thyroid receptor sites, slows or even quells the uptake of iodine by the active transport sites on thyroid cell surfaces, suppresses the iodination of tyrosine residues in the follicular lumina by TPO, and appears to also impede stored thyroid hormone release from the thyroid gland. The results can be especially rewarding (see following case history). My personal preference is to have hyperthyroid patients grow and harvest their own Melissa, and also to prepare their own medicine. Melissa grows abundantly in all except xeric habitats with sufficient water and a little shade. It will overwinter in pots. The freshly expressed juice can be frozen. I do not know if freeze-dried Melissa products are effective.
A critical point for herbal treatment of Graves' is the active and aware participation of the patient in monitoring both symptoms and their respective body responses to herbal treatment. Melissa has a fine reputation as a calming herb and it may be that the calming action is not as a nervine, but as a very effective thyrosuppressant. I do not have data on the proportions of T4:T3, or T3 :RT3 in Melissa treatment of Graves'. The possibility of potential overmedication with Melissa, a temporary hypothyroidism, exists, but, I have no known cases to report."
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