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Whole Flax Seed and Hypothyroid

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 09, 2010 at 12:58 AM

I have recently stared making flax crackers with soaked whole flax seeds and soaked nuts. They are dehydrated at 105 degrees F for about 18 hours.

Given that the flax seeds are whole (presumably not digested) and not damaged by high heat, is it still possible that they are making my hypothyroidism worse? I have had low T3 for 4 years and am negative for Hashimotos.

I am seeing conflicting evidence, but the reading the article "Omega-6 Linoleic Acid Suppresses Thyroid Signaling" at Whole Health Source http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/search?q=hypothyroid is probably enough to put an end to my flax seed cracker habit.

Has anyone had problems with whole flax seeds, or seen improvements in thyroid health when eliminating them from their diet?

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on May 09, 2010
at 09:17 PM

Thanks. I need to be knowledgeable about T3 when I finally see an endo in Sept.

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on May 09, 2010
at 06:23 PM

I've just started learning about T3, as I've recently noticed I'm low in it. There's a controversial theory about rT3 dominance which some believe can be treated with T3 only. http://wilsonstemperaturesyndrome.com/ describes Wilson's Protocol, but http://thyroid-rt3.com/ believes this is too aggressive and may stress the adrenals. Anyway I don't really know about the flax, but I thought this might be relevant for you regardless.

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on May 09, 2010
at 02:09 PM

I'm wondering about your temperature, reverse T3 levels, and whether you are taking any T4 or T3 supplements. Do you suspect that the flax seeds are worsening symptoms, or is it a theoretical worry?

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on February 24, 2012
at 03:24 PM

I'm taking Synthroid for hypothyroidsm. After increasing the dose, my TSH value had decreased from 4.6 to 1.1, which was great news. However, the big shocker came last week when I got tested again and showed a TSH of over 24! Both my doctor & I thought that the lab must have made a mistake. So I got re-tested. Result: 25.4! Strange enough I am not tired, depressed or anything like it. I am feeling hyperactive and should be the opposite with these values. So my Synthroid medication was increased once again. My doctor asked me if I was taking any kind of hormones, which I don't. On the way home I all of a sudden realized that the flaxmeal supplement I have been taking since January could be causing havoc. Reading up on the internet (mostly blogs) I realized that flaxseed should be avoided when being hypothyroid. Strange enough, neither my doctor, nor my pharmacist seem to have ever heard of it.

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on May 09, 2010
at 04:02 PM

My symptoms worsened a month or 2 after I started eating a lot of flax seed. I was then prescribed T3 (been taking T4 for 5 years) and have had marginal improvement -- I expected to feel much better. I have never had my reverse T3 tested, my temp is low.

I am new at paleohack -- I can't figure out how to respond to specific responses to my question!

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on May 09, 2010
at 06:23 PM

I've just started learning about T3, as I've recently noticed I'm low in it. There's a controversial theory about rT3 dominance which some believe can be treated with T3 only. http://wilsonstemperaturesyndrome.com/ describes Wilson's Protocol, but http://thyroid-rt3.com/ believes this is too aggressive and may stress the adrenals. Anyway I don't really know about the flax, but I thought this might be relevant for you regardless.

Bbb993c8dacf76dd461703a82686c06a

(135)

on May 09, 2010
at 09:17 PM

Thanks. I need to be knowledgeable about T3 when I finally see an endo in Sept.

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