The #1 Most Important Nutrient for Hypothyroidism

Learn how this nutrient can potentially act as a natural remedy for thyroid conditions.

HYPOTHYROIDISM: Don’t Ignore These 7 Early Warning Signs


0:00 Introduction: Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
1:04 An important nutrient for the thyroid
1:35 Understanding hypothyroidism
2:43 Selenium for thyroid conditions
5:48 Foods high in selenium
6:25 Natural remedies for thyroid conditions
7:10 Learn more about thyroid conditions!

There is one really important nutrient involved in hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism: selenium.

90% of hypothyroid problems are related to an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s. Most cases of hyperthyroidism are also related to an autoimmune condition.

An autoimmune condition is a situation where you have cells, or antibodies, made by your own body that attack your thyroid. These antibodies prevent your thyroid from functioning and also create a lot of inflammation.

You may know that iodine is really important for the thyroid, but so is selenium. Most of the selenium in your body is concentrated in your thyroid.

A selenium deficiency is very common in people with hypothyroidism. But selenium can significantly reduce the antibodies involved in these autoimmune conditions.

Selenium also supports the thyroid as a whole and helps you convert the non-active form of the thyroid hormone T4 to the active form.

Selenium has also been known to help decrease other symptoms related to thyroid problems, including:
• Myxedema
• Inflammation
• Bulging eyes
• Thyroid nodules
• Thyroid enlargement
• Excess hydrogen peroxide

Selenium can even help decrease the risk of getting an autoimmune condition and has many other health benefits.

Foods rich in selenium:
• Meat
• Fish
• Brazil nuts
• Eggs
• Dairy
• Garlic
• Onion
• Cabbage
• Broccoli
• Organ meats

You can consume foods high in selenium or take a selenium supplement (200 mcg) along with other trace minerals.

If you have Grave’s or Hashimoto’s, you may also want to consider taking a product called Thytrophin PMG® by Standard Process.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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  1. Sonic Druid on May 8, 2023 at 10:06 am

    Gday Mate, just wondering I had Thyroid cancer and had all my removed… just wondering if this would help me as well? Or does this only work if you still have a Thyroid? Not sure if you’ll read this but Thank you all the way from Australia love your videos, have helped me with many other things. Thank you so much.
    Ps. I’m allergic to all fish and seafood, could of this helped with my thyroid cancer? Anyone else out there have had thyroid cancer? I wish I knew about keeping my thyroid healthy as a young bloke. It’s pretty much totally changed who I am and what am able too do. I had pretty bad melanoma too, but the thyroid cancer and all the side effects from the treatments and not having a thyroid and relying on thyroxine early on was enough to contemporaries suicide, it sounds dramatic but it’s how I felt. Thankfully I survived and everyday now is a bonus. But any advice or “thyroid Hacks” are greatly appreciated. Cheers H

  2. Thixuan Levu on May 8, 2023 at 10:19 am

    Good morning Dr Berg.Very informative and concise.I never know selenium is so important like this.Thank you so much Doctor Berg ❤

  3. Hristo Kirilov on May 8, 2023 at 10:20 am

    Let me tell you an interesting story.

    For the past three years, my mother has been dealing with hypothyroidism and arthritis. Her doctor prescribed her several medications, including calcium, to treat her hypothyroidism and arthritis, but unfortunately, she didn’t see any noticeable improvement over the course of six months. In fact, her condition seemed to be getting worse.

    That’s when I decided to do some research and checked sources such as “Science Direct” and other reliable websites. After getting into the pages, I discovered that the medications she was taking were hindering her body’s ability to absorb calcium, and that selenium was actually the key supplement that could help her normalize thyroid function. Now she takes only selenium for 3 months, we’ll see after 3 more how are the results, but she’s telling me she feels good.

    • Edward Dean on May 8, 2023 at 5:53 pm

      @Jerry Lisby That is a lot of selenium. Four nuts equals anywhere from 250 to 400 mg of selenium daily plus a ton a saturated fat. You should test your selenium levels at least once a year. Too much can cause selenium toxicity aka selenosis. Factor in the amount of selenium in other foods that contain selenium. Pork, beef, turkey, chicken, fish, shellfish, and eggs contain high amounts of selenium as well.

    • Jerry Lisby on May 8, 2023 at 6:14 pm

      @Edward Dean ok thanks for the input. I will check it out. I have been doing that for 3 years.

    • Jerry Lisby on May 8, 2023 at 7:06 pm

      @Keto Karbs funny but I just lowered it today and will see how it works. Thanks for the advice. I might go ahead and see if 2 brazil nuts work for me since I am also eating other things that have small amounts of selenium. I also throw some pumpkin seeds into my salads for zinc.

    • Keto Karbs on May 8, 2023 at 7:22 pm

      @Jerry Lisby excellent

  4. Revealanation 777 on May 8, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Thank you Dr. Berg for your endless effort in helping people 😊

    • Rubina George on May 8, 2023 at 2:20 pm

      Tjamks Dr because i have a thyroid so Dr i am taking coconut and ather fruits

    • C Powers on May 8, 2023 at 2:37 pm

      Yrs indeed he is a heath guru!!

  5. Stacy Teal on May 8, 2023 at 10:28 am

    I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism nearly a year ago and my doctor never told me any of this and I have had issues for years. I am so pissed that my doctor never cared to tell me anything.

    • Mariette Stabel on May 8, 2023 at 4:49 pm

      @Stacy Teal
      Take a good rest .
      Very important is to know what the side effects are from medication. If it is possible, take a time out to eat something. Drink only Water. Don’t take synthétique supplements.
      Sometimes you can heal your body.
      Give it a try. 💌

    • Mariette Stabel on May 8, 2023 at 5:04 pm

      @Born Free
      Don’t take medication. Give yourself time to rest. Don’t take synthétique supplements. Sometimes you can heal your body by yourself. Skip stress….and drink only Water…

    • r adam on May 8, 2023 at 5:36 pm

      Brazil nuts are very rich in selenium. One single nut seems to have the recommended daily allowance for an adult. It may be helpful to you.

    • Stacy Teal on May 8, 2023 at 5:39 pm

      @r adam I have never tried Brazil nuts, but I do like cashews and stuff

  6. Thuy Wu on May 8, 2023 at 10:34 am

    Hello Dr Berg. Thank you so much for very useful information plus very clear explanation. ❤

  7. Carol Cole on May 8, 2023 at 10:42 am

    Today is 5-8-2023. I will politely face down my Endocrinologist this morning. When I first started using Emory Hospital for my health, my daughter and I… my sister, had it clearly documented that for all three of us, our bodies do not convert T4 into T3. That was 14 years ago that we had it documented. About 8 years ago, I started having massive issues throughout my body. Common sense told me all issues were connected, however doctors kept trying to make each symptom as completely separate from each other. When having Labs, stupidly, I did not go over my Labs. I just accepted it when the doctor told me that everything looked good…….including my thyroid. Last week my daughter specifically looked at the Labs and it showed that for several years I was only given the TSH…….so, he was not getting a true reading. In the meantime, my sister WITH her own thyroid issues, developed Graves along with it, almost died and had to have her thyroid killed. Top this off with I have been seeing double for several years. Now, why on earth would my Opthalmologist suspect my thyroid had gone into TED ( thyroid eye disease ) since……my TSH was normal ? See how everything depends on that T3 and T4 being properly diagnosed. Oh ! And because of Graves, my sister developed heart problems. Soooooo…….this morning my Endocrin and I will have a very very in-depth appointment, and I will firmly but respectfully be requested so many Labs, they probably will take1/2 gallon of blood from me. But, I MEAN to leave that department with some solid results. This video came at the perfect moment to coincide with my appointment day.❤️

    • Mee Chee2 Too on May 8, 2023 at 2:15 pm

      @Carol Cole that is so super true. The amounts are pretty low. Watching this video I was wondering if I was taking enough selenium. I will look into increasing the most important ones. Fingers crossed everything goes well

    • Carol Cole on May 8, 2023 at 2:25 pm

      @Mee Chee2 Too Also, like with the B’s………a multivitamin only uses the synthetic. For Selenium, Google to see what the amount should be. There is a difference in which E to use, as well as Magnesium. Before you realize it, your home will be covered up with bottles of supplements. Maybe when my diagnoses is official, I can finally get rid of a few of the things I take. Never know ! Have a blessed week, Meechee !

    • Mee Chee2 Too on May 8, 2023 at 2:51 pm

      @Carol Cole oh gosh I didn’t realize that. Thank you again. I will google the necessary amounts. Magnesium is something I need desperately as well. It improved my arthritis a lot. Thank you for that reminder. You have a blessed week as well. I thank you for your direction.

    • Carol Cole on May 8, 2023 at 6:27 pm

      @Mee Chee2 Too Meechee, I am back from my doctor. He willingly let me have the Lab requests……while saying that HE can tell just by my TSH that my thyroid is FINE……even while ignoring all of the T’s. Bottom line, he thinks I need more sleep. 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫

    • Mee Chee2 Too on May 8, 2023 at 7:29 pm

      @Carol Cole oh gosh doctors and their generalized answers. I am glad that he agreed to the tests. Now you can get some real answers. There is nothing like having certainty regarding our health. We can sense changes in our body. I am proud of your advocacy for yourself.

  8. Rita Goodhead on May 8, 2023 at 10:44 am

    Thank you for all you do for us, Dr. Berg.

  9. HELLO KETO on May 8, 2023 at 11:05 am

    Thank you Dr Berg!
    I have a question, can I take Thytrophin PMG with Levothyroxine?

  10. Lucy Locket on May 8, 2023 at 11:25 am

    One thing I’d add that it should be 200mcg of l-selenomethionine (organic selenium). Not the synthetic one. l-selenomethionine is easier to absorb, which reduces the risk of toxicity. Also: high levels of selenium are toxic. 200mcg is a safe dose to be taken regularly on a daily basis. Higher doses should be taken under the supervision of knowledgeable holistic/functional doctor.

  11. Chris on May 8, 2023 at 11:28 am

    After being on levothyroxine and then switched to actual Synthroid-battling with the pharmacy to not get the generic version per dr., increasing dosages every 3-6 months; years later I still felt so bad, seemed to actually be getting worse. Diagnosed with Hashis, though the specialist didn’t bother to tell me, I found out looking at my labs online. I’d complain to Dr. & specialist about feeling bad, they’d just shrug their shoulders while looking at the labwork and say ehh “you’re fine”.

    I then realized based on my symptoms, I was flipping between hyper and hypo, and the thyroid condition was a symptom to the Hashis, and wasn’t a constant hypothyroid thing going on. I weaned myself off the levo, and started taking vitamins. Magnesium, Vit D with K2, selenium, B complex, zinc, and few times a week some Irish Sea Moss capsules. Still not 100% but definitely 100% better than I was pre-levo and right after stopping it. When I start feeling bad like the hypo is kicking in which is getting rarer, I pop a lower dose levo and that usually takes care of it from turning into full blown hypo. Dr. wasn’t too thrilled when I told her I stopped taking it-this was about 9 months after I had stopped. She instantly wanted lab work done-and it came back perfect. Once I explained my theory to her, she said kind of makes sense. Just come back in every 6 months or so and we’ll do lab work. Haven’t been back because I haven’t felt bad like I did before. See so many people saying the same thing, the meds weren’t helping them and they just constantly felt bad. I wonder if more people are in that same situation.

    • TerminusÉŚT on May 8, 2023 at 1:41 pm

      Medical doctors are trained to treat symptoms with chemicals. Treating the cause is the cure, and toxic chemicals generally don’t treat the cause

    • Edward Dean on May 8, 2023 at 1:54 pm

      There is a really good online group that helps individuals with thyroid issues. They really know their stuff. Some of the individuals there have been working with this for over 20 years. Also look into the website “Stop They Thyroid Madness”. Awesome site.

    • Legendary Lithium Orotate on May 8, 2023 at 2:59 pm

      My mom is. Her brain is gone. She drinks like crazy too.

  12. you r enough 💜 on May 8, 2023 at 11:41 am

    Dr. Berg you’re so valuable to me and I’m sure lots of other people. 😊😊😊

  13. Isabelle on May 8, 2023 at 11:47 am

    Thank you Dr Berg. I take sélénium for inside tissues reconstruction since more than 10y. Back then, it happened that I felt I could reduce my thyroid med slowly, then stop it (under medical watch) and all the ’balls’ in my neck reduced and desappeared. I always thought it was because of changing my diet. Now, this video is an eye opener 😉

    • Edward Dean on May 8, 2023 at 1:27 pm

      Are you referring to goiter? If so, that is related to an iodine deficiency. Without sufficient selenium in your diet, your iodine could become out of balance and even toxic at times. Having enough selenium intake will optimize iodine and allow it to do it functions. Also Fluorine, chlorine & bromine are similar enough to iodine that your thyroid will suck them up and store them in place of iodine. If fluorine, chlorine & bromine displace iodine, your thyroid won’t have enough iodine to produce thyroid hormones. Flouride is in most toothpastes and tap water, bromine in swimming pools, chloride is founds in table salt and processed salty meats. Use sea salt instead of sodium chloride which isn’t real salt.

    • Eva Rriska on May 8, 2023 at 6:17 pm

      Plese tell me your diet ❤

  14. Josh Lampe on May 8, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you Dr. Berg! The #1 thing to think about when it comes to your thyroid is, we know that that iodine is the only halide your body can use, so why are the other 3 (fluoride, bromide, and chloride) stuffed into everything you eat and drink?

    • giespel68 on May 8, 2023 at 2:58 pm

      We’re supposed to stay dependent on the medical system. It’s not about health.

  15. Kylee Lutz on May 8, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    I have had this pretty much my whole life and no one has ever brought this up. Explains so much. Thank you.

  16. Counting Down on May 8, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for helping us handle the safety part of taking these supplements. It gives me confidence when I take new ones.

  17. Fizzy on May 8, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    Dr. Berg, I have elopecia ever since I was a child, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos 10 years ago, this year I am diagnosed with celiac disease and lots of other food intolerances. Now I have started taking my health very seriously and your videos are real encouragement. I did fasting and started probiotics, zinc, vit D, potassium, B12 and magnesium supplements and looks like these things are working but still a long way to go!

    • Asad Jang on May 8, 2023 at 3:15 pm

      I have the same question. Do hypothyroidism and elopecia have any links?

    • Janice Jacome on May 8, 2023 at 4:48 pm

      Just wanted to say Stay strong and SMART! Thankful we’re in the right place! Continued luck… better every day!👏👏👏l suffer low stomach acid.. enzymes helping but l need a doc likeour man Dr.Berg.

    • Mats F on May 8, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Keeping a food diary could be helpful, I learned after a year that my immune system reacts to citric acid. Apart from the obvious gluten.

    • nicki g on May 8, 2023 at 6:23 pm

      When you have thyroid issues soy, I’ll fix you really badly. 90% of breads, cakes, cookies, etc. have soy in them.

  18. Segagens on May 8, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you, Dr. Berg. Could you talk more about myo-inositol and the thyroid? I’ve read, that myo-inositol + selenium is a very effective combination.

  19. A. W. on May 8, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you for all your continuous educational content, Dr. Berg 🙏💙

  20. Laura Ames on May 8, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    I soooo needed this! Thank you Dr. Berg! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at 6yrs old…I’m 34 now. In March my levels were at 0.46 did blood work in April and my levels are now up to 12.20 🤯😱🫣…my levels have been wayyy worse in the past. Hoping to find a good endocrinologist because I’m tired of my body not only having to go through this but feeling like BLAH. You’re appreciated more than you may know! 🙏🏼

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