On many occasions we at ProiezionidiBorsa editorial staff have dealt with topics that explain how certain foods can positively or negatively affect our health. Some foods, for example, affect the level of cholesterol, others that of triglycerides.
We also saw how tomato could help prevent prostate cancer. In the next few lines, however, we will discover how according to experts these well-known vegetables could affect thyroid health.
The reference is to cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and turnip greens which could have effects on what is technically called endocrine bowels.
Nutrition experts, in fact, have repeatedly shown how crucifers, which include the plants listed above, influence the way in which the thyroid gland uses iodine.
It is known that this compound is essential for normal thyroid function due to sulfur-containing substances such as glucosinolates.
Experts say these well-known vegetables could affect thyroid health
Glucosinolates possess preventative properties with respect to some types of cancer but at the same time they can also interfere with the use of iodine. This is why they are also called goitrogens because they can cause a decrease in the production of thyroid hormone.
So what to do then? Is it possible for people on treatment for hypothyroidism to eat vegetables? It would appear that, according to some research published in the journal Nutrition Reviews in 2016, Brussels sprouts and Russian cabbage can disrupt iodine uptake in healthy people when eaten in large quantities.
On the other hand, vegetables such as broccoli and turnips, since they do not have many gazogens, do not pose a significant risk for all those people who have normal thyroid function.
Advice for those suffering from hypothyroidism
Instead, for those suffering from hypothyroidism it is advisable to avoid consuming extracts of cruciferous in general and cabbage in particular. In this sense, we intend to avoid ingesting these foods even in the form of juices.
Finally, a final clarification to consider: in addition to cruciferous vegetables, spinach, peaches, peanuts and soy are among the sources of gazogenes.
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