If you know a bit about human anatomy, you would be aware of the thyroid gland. It is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck just below the larynx. The thyroid gland is an important part of our body and it's responsible for producing thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland needs certain nutrients to function properly. Nutritionist Pooja Malhotra, in her latest Instagram post, not only shares the different nutrients required by the thyroid gland but also states the different sources of them all. In the caption, she says, “The thyroid is an extremely important gland that releases hormones that control our metabolism. It requires a host of nutrients for optimal functioning.”
Pooja Malhotra states that you need the following nutrients for the thyroid gland:
1) Iodine: Usually, the thyroid gland takes iodine from various food items to produce thyroid hormones. And, the various sources of iodine include iodised salt, iron-rich foods like bananas, carrots, seafood, egg, strawberries, whole grains among others.
2) Tyrosine: Tyrosine is an amino acid that the thyroid gland needs. As per the nutritionist, you can get tyrosine from good quality proteins like egg, paneer, milk, cheese, curd, seafood, soy, peanuts, almonds, beans and others.
3) B-complex: She mentions that B-complex can be obtained from whole grains, beans, legumes, milk, eggs, cheese, seafood, green leafy veggies, nuts, citrus fruits, bananas, watermelon, soy, etc.
4) Vitamin C: We all know that vitamin C makes for an important element in the body. It can be taken from citrus fruits like amla, guava, strawberries, broccoli, tomato, lemon and others.
5) Vitamin D: Some of the most popular sources of vitamin D would include egg yolk, fatty fish and meat.
6) Iron: The deficiency of iron in your body may not be a healthy sign as far as the proper functioning of the thyroid is concerned. Seafood, organ meats, eggs, green leafy veggies, legumes, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, broccoli and tofu are all rich in iron.
7) Selenium: Seafood, organ meats, nuts, chicken, cottage cheese, eggs, brown rice, sunflower seeds, beans, mushrooms, oats, and spinach among others may boost the supply of selenium in your body.
8) Manganese: According to the nutritionist, food items like nuts, beans, tofu, sweet potato, pineapple, brown rice, oysters, and legumes have high amounts of manganese.
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As per Pooja Malhotra, here are the sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians. You may have heard that mostly animal-based food items are sources of vitamin B12. So, it could be difficult for all those who prefer vegetarian food. Pooja states that the vegetarian sources of vitamin B12 include dairy products, mushrooms, fermented foods like kefir, yoghurt, miso, kimchi, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, sprouts, idli, dosa and even nutritional yeast.
Take care of your body and you will remain fit.
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