Hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid or low thyroid, is a disorder of the endocrine system in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. It can cause a number of symptoms, such as poor ability to tolerate cold, a feeling of tiredness, constipation, slow heart rate, depression, and weight gain. Occasionally there may be swelling of the front part of the neck due to goitre.
I developed hypothyroidism a year after my diabetes diagnosis and was put on thyroxine. This is somewhat common among diabetics. After changing my diet and coming off the insulin, I started looking round the internet to see if there were any alternative therapies that could help my ailing thyroid gland.
I quickly came across coconut oil and decided to give it a go. My hypothyroidism was still mild/moderate, so I figured I wouldn’t do myself any lasting damage if I tried this alternative therapy. Worst case scenario: my next blood test would reveal the coconut oil didn’t work, and I would then go back to taking thyroxine. So I started eating three tablespoons of raw, organic coconut oil per day. I hated the texture of the stuff, but powered through.
Result? My thyroid levels went back to normal. That was six years ago. I don’t eat as much coconut oil today. It’s more like three or four tablespoons per week, and I cook with it a lot. I also take iodine supplements now.
Again, the science on this is disputed with the majority arguing that coconut oil is quackery.
It seems like it worked for me.