History of the Condition and Implications
Goiter refers to the condition that is characterized by the excessive and abnormal increase in size of the thyroid gland. In those cases in which this enlargement is fairly big, there can occur problems with the overall movement, but those are mild in nature. The important thing is that it causes no pain. As is known, this gland is located in the area right below Adam’s apple, and hypophysis is the main thyroid centre. The thyroid itself is comprised of two lobes and is responsible for the production of hormones upon demand of the hypophyseal gland. When functioning properly, the thyroid gland produces balanced amounts of hormones, but due to enlargement, this production spontaneously tends to increase and thus initiates nervousness, sleeplessness and repetitive hunger. As for the thyroid gland that produces too little hormones, some of the most prominent symptoms include fatigue, oversensitivity to cold and inability to concentrate properly and control your actions. Beside the above mentioned inner symptoms of goiter, there also exist certain outer symptoms such as hoarseness, inability to swallow or breathe properly, and feeling of pressure in the throat region.
Goiter can occur both, due to an overactive and enhanced in size thyroid gland, or due to its diminished activity. In cases of thyroid gland enlargement, people are advised to visit their doctor and immediately undergo tests, since the increase in size of the gland can also be malignant or cancerous in nature.
Natural remedies – herbs and supplements
When it comes to treatment techniques, supplements can play an extremely important role and be quite helpful and effective. Iodine is one of the substances that is considered to be vital for synthesis of the thyroid hormones, and one of the richest sources known is seaweed such as kelp. Iodine is also considered to be vital when it comes to controlling and keeping the thyroid gland in top health. Aside from tablets containing it, the primary choice should actually always be iodine of organic origin, such as found in afore mentioned kelp. For those who do not prefer raw seaweed, it can also be found in other forms like tablets, capsules, powder. Concerning the production of the thyroid hormones, the most beneficial and effective in boosting it are vitamin A, vitamin C and a couple of vitamins from the B vitamin group. Also in this essential group are to be included tyrosine (amino acid) and iodine (trace mineral), since they are considered to be the most important substances for the successful synthesis and the production of the thyroid hormones.