Minerals - what you need to combat candida/mercury/hypothyroidism and why.
Date: 6/1/2005 7:54:21 AM ( 18 y ) ... viewed 4480 times
Zinc (Citrate 30-100mg)
When mineral transport is deranged, hair zinc goes up but body zinc goes down. Very few people have too high zinc. Zinc deficiency causes imbalanced Th1/Th2 and reduced NK cells. This leads to a poor immune response against yeast. Zinc and copper work together to regulate the thyroid. A deficiency of zinc leads to hypothyroidism and a deficiency of copper (with excessive zinc) leads to hyperthyroidism. Zinc can give you more energy since it stimulates the thyroid and some people take up to 100 mg a day to get more energy. Don't take more than 100 mg a day. Always take zinc in the morning (at the end of breakfast so you don't get nausea) Taking it at suppertime may keep you awake at night. If you start having trouble sleeping or have any rapid heart beat, take less zinc. Zinc is involved in many enzymes and it is reported to be necessary for conversion of T4 to T3.
Manganese is needed for ammonia -> Urea conversion, so a deficiency could lead to brain-fog as a result of ammonia build up. Also needed for saliva production. Manganese is also reputed to be involved in thyroid function.
Chromium (Picolinate 200mcg)
Chromium is needed by the body to help balance blood sugar.
Selenium (Food source, 800mg +)
Selenium supplements should be food source (either from yeast or cruciferous vegetables). Selenium is an essential potent anti-oxidant which protects the body from free radical damage but it also has an important function in preventing mercury from damaging the body. Selenium and mercury combine together and the combination is inactivated. Without selenium, mercury poisons the body.Mercury removal is a top priority of selenium and this caused a severe deficiency of the selenium. Selenium is essential for both the production of thyroid hormone and for the conversion of the T4 hormone that the thyroid makes into the T3 hormone that the cells use.
Copper (Chelated form 2mg)
Take copper at the end of a meal because it will cause nausea if taken on an empty stomach. If you already have a sufficient amount of copper in your body, additional copper may slow your thyroid down more and you don't want that. If you feel that happening, stop the copper for awhile and let the zinc get built up and then resume the copper. Copper is the brake for your thyroid, so you don't want your thyroid to get going without having a sufficient amount of copper in your body. So start with 1 mg a day and work up to 2 mg when you can (after the zinc gets built up). Once your thyroid starts working properly, you may want to increase the copper to 4 mg and decrease the zinc to maintain the optimum 8:1 zinc/copper ratio to ensure that you don't get hyperthyroidism. Copper is also essential for iodine absorption.
If you have low HCL, you could be very deficient. Without B-12 everything falls apart (anemia, etc.) B12 is needed to absorb folate. B12 in turn depends on intrinsic factor produced by the stomach for absorption. If you have low HCL you are likely low in intrinsic factor too. There are 2 ways around this - either to take a large dose orally (1mg=1000mcg), since some (1-2%) will get absorbed along the gut, or to take a sublingual supplement.
Vitamin E. (400 IU natural with mixed tocopherols).
Assists progesterone production and thereby stimulates the thyroid. Don't take more than 400 IU per day, and take it in the morning. If you've never taken E before start with no more than 100 IU per day.
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