Iodine and Tyrosine Support for Hypothyroidism

The thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), are produced by the thyroid gland. The major form of thyroid hormone in the blood is thyroxine (T4); in fact, there is generally 20 times more T4 in the blood than T3. The thyroid hormones are essential to the proper development and differentiation of all cells of the human body.

The thyroid hormones regulate the metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, affecting how humans use these compounds to produce energy.

Thyroid hormones have important functions in the body; for example, thyroxine supports cardiac output, heart rate, respiratory rate, and basal metabolic rate.

The thyroid gland cannot produce its hormones without the presence of the amino acid L-tyrosine and the mineral iodine.

Thus, a deficiency of either the amino acid or the mineral or both could contribute to low thyroid hormone levels.

Studies have found L-tyrosine may be beneficial for treating fatigue, a common symptom of low thyroid hormone levels.

Individuals should be aware that some foods can cause a relative iodine deficiency by binding to iodine, making it inaccessible for thyroid hormone production. However, cooking these foods tends to make them less so. Such foods include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, soy, peanuts, pine nuts, turnips, and rutabaga. Tyrosine is also an important cofactor for adrenal neurotransmitter synthesis, as it is converted In the adrenal glands into dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine.

Tyrosine is involved in the production of the stress hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine.

Some researchers believe that, under stress, the body isn't able to make enough tyrosine from phenylalanine.

Some animal and human studies suggest that tyrosine supplements may help improve memory and performance under psychological stress, but more research is needed.

Because tyrosine helps the body produce the mood-influencing chemical dopamine, and because people who are depressed, often have low levels of tyrosine, researchers thought that tyrosine might help treat depression.


  • Vegetarian diets
  • Breeds with an increased incidence of hypothyroidism
  • Hypothyroid animals
  • Iodine deficient diets
  • Depression
  • Cognitive Disorders


For capsules

Iodine (as Potassium Iodide) 225 mcg.
L-Tyrosine 500 mg.)


  • 1-25 lbs=1/4 capsule daily
  • 25-50 lbs=1/2 capsule daily
  • 50-100 lbs= 1 capsule daily


  • 1/4 capsule daily


  • All Birds: salt food lightly with this product
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