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June 4, 2014, last updated June 3, 2016

By Louise Carr,  Associate Editor and Featured Columnist

[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our team of Registered
Nurses, Certified fitness trainers and other members of our Editorial

If you are losing weight for no good reason, feeling nervous,
anxious or hyperactive, twitching or having
sleeping, your tiny thyroid gland could be at the root of your
problem. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland at the
base of your neck which weighs less than an ounce but has a
massive impact on many areas of your health – particularly
your metabolism.

If this gland is not working properly you can develop an
overactive thyroid, also known as "hyperthyroidism".
Overactive thyroid  affects 1 in every 1,000 women according
to the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, 2010. The
condition occurs when there is too much thyroid hormone in
your body. What are the signs of an overactive thyroid?
What can you do to reverse the condition and ease the

What Causes an Overactive Thyroid?

The thyroid produces thyroxine (T-4) and triiodothyronine
(T-3), two hormones that affect every cell in your body.
every single cell.

These hormones set the rate at which you use fats and carbs,
they help to control your body’s temperature, and they affect
your heart rate.

Normally this gland works with remarkable precision,
releasing exactly the right amount of these hormones but
sometimes it can release too much.

Overactive thyroid occurs when the thyroid gland produces
too much thyroxine or triiodothyronine. This hormone
overproduction may be caused by a number of different

For example,
Graves' disease is the most common cause of
this condition. Graves’ disease occurs when your immune
system overacts against a perceived threat and starts to
attack the thyroid gland.

Thyroid nodules are also a cause of overactive thyroid. These
benign lumps develop in the thyroid gland and affect the
production of the thyroid hormones.

Thyroiditis occurs when your thyroid gland becomes inflamed
and excess thyroid hormones leak into your bloodstream.

Taking iodine supplements or getting too much additional
iodine from your diet may also cause an overactive thyroid.
Certain types of medication such as amiodarone --- an anti-
arrhythmic drug --- as well as interferon alpha and lithium
can cause hyperthyroidism.

In rare cases, your overactive thyroid may be due to
follicular thyroid cancer.

Who Suffers from Overactive Thyroid?

Women are affected far more than men by this condition. In
fact, seven times more women than men have overactive
thyroid, according to the Hospital for Special Surgery, New
York, 2010.

Graves’ disease is more common in your 30s and 40s, and
thyroid nodules are most frequently experienced after the
age of 50.

What are the Symptoms of Overactive Thyroid?

When you have too much of the thyroid hormones in your
body it can speed up your metabolism. This action causes a
range of symptoms – you may suffer from some of these,
and the severity of the symptoms varies between sufferers.

Nervousness, anxiety, or hyperactivity

•        Unexplained weight loss

•        Swelling in the thyroid gland or a lump

•        Difficulty sleeping

•        Fatigue and
feeling tired all the time

•        Irregular heart rate

•        Muscle weakness

•        Needing to pass stools frequently, and diarrhea

•        Sensitivity to heat

Twitching or trembling muscles

•        Infertility or no periods

•        Lack of libido

Many of these signs and symptoms are the same as other
diseases and conditions, making it difficult sometimes for a
doctor to diagnose overactive thyroid.

Is an Overactive Thyroid Dangerous?

Having an overactive thyroid can be managed and treated
but it is best to visit a physician to devise the correct form of
care based on the cause of your overactive thyroid.

Having an overactive thyroid puts you at increased risk for
other diseases, according to a 2013 study led by Dr. Frans
Brandt of Odense University Hopsital in Odense, Denmark.
You are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, lung
diseases and diabetes mellitus (
Type 2 diabetes).

We looked at recent scientific evidence to find seven natural
remedies that work alongside standard treatment to relieve
the symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

L-Carnitine Treats Overactive Thyroid

L-carnitine is a supplement that has been demonstrated to
treat hyperthyroidism that occurs when people take thyroid
hormone pills to combat a condition called benign goiter.

A 2001 study from University of Messina School of Medicine,
Italy showed that taking the supplement alleviated the
symptoms of hyperthyroidism – the study lasted six months
and tested L-carnitine on 50 women who took it at a dose of
2g or 4g daily.

Can Glucomannan Help Treat an Overactive Thyroid?

There is some evidence to show that taking the supplement
glucomannan alongside standard treatment for overactive
thyroid can result in normal thyroid hormone levels being
restored more quickly.

These results came from a 2007 study from Istanbul
University, Turkey. The researchers found the treatment was
most effective at the start of traditional drug treatment for
overactive thyroid.

Bugleweed is an Overactive Thyroid Remedy

Bugleweed is a perennial flower with purple petals and often
purple leaves.

According to research in 1985 by Auf'mkolk M, Ingbar JC,
Kubota K, et al the herb bugleweed can help to reduce the
levels of thyroid hormone in the body by decreasing amounts
of the hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland and causes
it to produce too much. There is also evidence to show that
bugleweed blocks the antibodies that stimulate the thyroid in
Graves’ disease.

Can Royal Jelly Be Effective for Treating Overactive

Royal jelly is a substance produced by bees and used to
develop a queen bee.

Royal jelly has been used for many years as a thyroid
treatment but it is not clear whether royal jelly actually has
meaningful benefits.

Royal jelly was proposed as a treatment for
Graves’ disease
in a 2006 study from Karadeniz Technical University Faculty
of Medicine, Trabzon, Turkey although other evidence for its
effectiveness is not forthcoming.

Take Motherwort for an Overactive Thyroid

According to Germany’s Commission E – the governing body
in the country that looks after herbal remedies – the herb
motherwort is effective for treating the rapid and irregular
heartbeat symptom of overactive thyroid.

Rapid heart beats can be a distressing and problematic sign
of an overactive thyroid. Motherwort is believed to calm the
heart and works as part of an overall treatment plan for
overactive thyroid.

Avoid Seaweed to Minimize Overactive Thyroid Problems

If you eat excessive amounts of seaweed (difficult, but
possible) or take supplements containing kelp, bladderwrack
or other seaweeds then you could end up suffering from an
overactive thyroid because you are flooding your body with
iodine, according to many studies including a 1998 report
from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Protect Your Body --Get Enough Calcium and Vitamin D

It is important to get enough calcium and vitamin D because
an overactive thyroid can lead to thinning bones and
increased risk of fractures. Getting enough of these essential
nutrients is important to prevent osteoporosis. According to
the Institute of Medicine you need 1,000 milligrams (mg) of
calcium a day when you are aged between 19 and 50.

You should get 600 international units (IUs) of vitamin D a
day. The very best source of
Vitamin D is free -the sun.
Spending just  10 to 15 minutes a day three times a week
with your arms or legs or face exposed can bring you
enough Vitamin D to meet your body's needs, according to
the National Institutes of Health.

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