Goitrogens

goitrogens

Goitrogens are substances that suppress the function of the thyroid gland by interfering with iodine uptake.

Which Foods Contain Goitrogens?

Certain foods have been identified as goitrogenic. These foods include:

  • Soybeans
  • Pine nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Millet
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Radishes
  • Horseradish
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccolini
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Canola
  • Cauliflower
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard greens
  • Rapini
  • Rutabagas
  • Tatsoi
  • Turnips

Foods That Boost Thyroid

Some foods and drinks have an opposite effect on the thyroid gland–that is, they stimulate thyroid function rather than suppressing it; examples being avocado, coconut, and saturated fat.

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References 
Takizawa T, Imai T, Ueda M, Onodera H, Hirose M (2006). "Comparison of enhancing effects of different goitrogen treatments in combination with beta-estradiol-3-benzoate for establishing a rat two-stage thyroid carcinogenesis model to detect modifying effects of estrogenic compounds". Cancer Sci. 97 (1): 25–31. doi:10.1111/j.1349-7006.2005.00132.x. PMID 16367917.

About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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