We all have heard that the Thyroid can cause weight gain, but what else does it do? Why is it so important? You will be surprised at how important it is and its roll in our body..
What Is Your Thyroid?
Your thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the front region of neck. Your thyroid lies below your Adam’s apple, along the front of the windpipe. The thyroid has two side lobes, connected by a bridge (isthmus) in the middle. When the thyroid is its normal size, you can’t feel it.
Brownish-red in color, the thyroid is rich with blood vessels. Nerves important for voice quality also pass through the thyroid.
Iodine for hormone production
The thyroid gland produces two primary hormones – thyroxine (also referred to as T4) and tri-iodothyronine (also referred to as T3). The numbers 3 and 4 refer to the number of atoms of iodine in the hormones. Iodine is essential for the production of thyroid hormones and humans need about 150 mcg (millionths of a gram) each day. Iodine is found in most foods, especially seafood. The soils in Tasmania and along the Great Dividing Range are low in iodine, so the food from these areas can contain insufficient iodine. Iodised salt is the best way to supplement dietary iodine, but taking too much iodine can also be a problem.
The pituitary gland
The thyroid gland is controlled by the pituitary, which is considered the ‘master gland’ of the endocrine system. The pituitary is located at the base of the brain. Its principal function is to monitor and regulate the activity of the other glands. The pituitary affects the thyroid gland by producing a hormone called thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which prompts the thyroid to release more T4 and T3. If there is too much T4 circulating in the blood, the pituitary reduces the amount of TSH produced, which then causes thyroid activity to slow. If there is too little T4, the pituitary increases the amount of TSH. In this way, T4 and T3 levels in the blood are kept relatively constant. The pituitary gland, in turn, is overseen by a part of the brain called the hypothalamus
Things to remember
The thyroid gland regulates many metabolic processes, including growth and energy expenditure.
Around one in 20 people will experience some form of thyroid dysfunction in their lifetime.
Common problems include overactivity and underactivity of the thyroid gland.
Most thyroid conditions are caused by autoimmunity. These conditions have a genetic link. People with a family history of thyroid conditions have a higher risk of also having a thyroid condition and other autoimmune conditions.
Do You Have A Thyroid Concern?
Help Your Thyroid!
A thyroid imbalance can lead to 59 separate problems! And that’s why you may ask if you’ve been experiencing . . .
• Brain fog?
• Cold feet or hands?
• Dry skin?
• Body aches?
• Weight gain?
Do you have any of these conditions . . .
• Memory loss?
• High cholesterol?
• Hair loss?
• Heart palpitations?
• Low or high blood pressure?
Do you right now have . . .
• Heart Disease?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you might have a thyroid imbalance.
In fact, more than 10 thousand Australians suffer from this condition right now.
Patients often still suffer from symptoms, even though their lab tests say they are cured. Many physicians treat dysfunctioning thyroids, but few of them listen to the person attached to the gland.
Research has shown that patients with thyroid imbalance continue to have symptoms even after their thyroid hormone blood levels have become normal with treatment. A blood test is an indicator of a thyroid imbalance— but how you feel is far more important.
We can advice you on natural ways to support your thyroid health, it does not interfere with GP based medication (except cancer drugs as a precaution we don’t recommend while on those, or pregnant or breast feeding).
One possible product is Nitric Oxide found in Proargi9 Plus:
22 Reasons to take Proargi9 Plus
The nitric oxide derived from arginine is directly or indirectly implicated in practically every cellular response and health condition imaginable, from the cardiovascular system to the immune system, and hormone function to nerve function. Although an exhaustive list of possible applications for the amino acid is not included, the following are the primary scientifically backed reasons that anyone – even healthy people, should consider adding the arginine to their health and wellness regimen.
- ProArgi9 Plus is one thousand times more powerful than any naturally occurring antioxidant in the body. Arginine`s antioxidant properties support various body systems and may protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, as well as slowing premature aging. 1, 2
- ProArgi9 Plus offers wide-ranging cardiovascular support, including controlling blood pressure3, 4and plaque formation. Nitric oxide keeps arteries relaxed and pliable for normal blood pressure, preventing hypertension and angina. 5
- ProArgi9 Plus enhances memory,6particularly long-term memory, and may help to reverse the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.7
- ProArgi9 Plus boosts human growth hormone (HGH) production, which has antiaging properties. 8
- ProArgi9 Plus enhances communication of messenger cells between nerves and the brain. 9
- ProArgi9 Plus may help improve immune function10and fight bacterial infections. 11
- ProArgi9 Plus may help in the treatment and prevention of diabetes since many disease complications, including poor circulation and blindness, are vascular in nature. Arginine is also found to regulate insulin secretion in the pancreas. 12,13
- ProArgi9 Plus may inhibit the division and proliferation of cancer cells. 14,15
- ProArgi9 Plus helps with cholesterol control by lowering serum and LDL cholesterol levels. 16
- ProArgi9 Plus enhances male sexual performance by treating vascular erectile dysfunction (ED). 17
- ProArgi9 Plus anticoagulant abilities reduce clotting to lower heart attack and stroke risk. 18
- ProArgi9 Plus reduces pregnancy-related hypertension, a risk factor for both the expecting mother and the unborn child. 19
- ProArgi9 Plus is useful in the treatment of asthma by opening pulmonary pathways for easier breathing and the treatment of lung disorders. 20, 21
- ProArgi9 Plus relaxes hypertonic sphincter muscles, preventing and healing hemorrhoids.22
- ProArgi9 Plus boosts lean muscle mass and preserves bone density by encouraging HGH production,23which also leads to a reduction in fatty tissue. Because of these properties, it may be useful in weight management and strength training.
- ProArgi9 Plus can help offset cardiovascular and lung damage caused by tobacco use,24since nitric oxide levels in smokers are less than half of those found in nonsmokers.25
- ProArgi9 Plus helps to accelerate wound healing26and postsurgery recovery.27Research has shown it is useful in treating burn wounds28 and stimulates wound healing in the elderly.29
- ProArgi9 Plus may be useful in enhancing athletic performance due to its ability to boost exercise tolerance,30its beneficial effect on the lungs, and its effect on HGH levels. Which helps with building lean muscle tissue.
- ProArgi9 Plus may be used to improve the function of the prostate.31
- ProArgi9 Plus may prevent and possible reverse the effects of osteoporosis by positively affecting bone mass.32
- ProArgi9 Plus has been used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome33and to reduce the occurrence of ulcers – especially stress- related – without affecting gastric acid production.34, 35
- ProArgi9 Plus may improve renal function and slow the progression of renal disease and age-related chronic renal failure.36,37Arginine`s protective effect on the kidneys may also benefit those with diabetes.
- KochupurackalP,etal.Nitricoxide:anantioxidantandneuroprotector.Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2002; 962:389-401.
- Kumar CA, Das UN. Lipid peroxides, antioxidants and nitric oxide in pa- tients with pre-eclampsia and essential hypertension. Med Sci Monitor. 2000 Sep-Oct; 6(5):901-7.
- 18. Brown, M.D., Dengel, D.R., Supiano, M.A. Nitric Oxide Biomarkers are As- sociated with the Blood Pressure-Lowering Effects of Dietary Sodium Restriction in Older Hypertensives. Circulation (Abstract I). 1997; 96:I-539.
- Rosano, G.M.C., Tanina, G., Cerquetani, E., Leonardo, F., Pelliccia, F., Bonfigli, B., and Chierchia, F.L. L-arginine Improves Endothelial Function in Newly Diagnosed Hypertensives. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Supplement A). 1998; 31:262a
- Moncada, F., Palmer, R.M.J., Higgs, E.A. The Discovery of Nitric Oxide as the Endogenous Nitrovasodilator. Hypertension. 1988; 12:365-72.
- Pautler EL. The possible role and treatment of deficient microcirculation regulation in age-associated memory impairment. Med Hypotheses. 1994 Jun; 42(6):363-6.
- Tarkowski E, et al. Intrathecal release of nitric oxide in Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2000 Nov-Dec; 11(6):322-6.
- Ghigo E, Arvat E, Gianotti L, et al. Hypothalamic growth hormone-insulin-like growth facto-1 axis across the human life span. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab.2000; 13 Suppl 6:1493-502.
- Fried R, Merrell WC. The Arginine Solution. New York, NY. Warner Books, 1999.
- Efron D, Barbul A. Role of arginine in immunonutrition. J Gastroentol. 2000; 35 Suppl 12:20-3..
- Korting GE, Smith SD, Wheeler MA, Weiss RM, Foster HE. A randomized double-blind study of oral L-arginine for treatment of interstitial cystitis. J Urol. 1999 Feb; 161(2):558-65.
- Piatti PM, Monti LD, Valsecchi G, et al. Long term oral L-arginine admin- istration improves peripheral and hepatic insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2001 May; 24(5):875-80.
- 28. Mohan IK, Cas UN. Effects of L-arginine-nitric oxide system on chemical induced diabetes mellitus. Free Radic Biol Med. 1998 Nov 1; 25(7):757-65.
- Heys SD, et al. Dietary supplementation with L-arginine: Modulation of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes in patients with colorectal cancer. Br J Surg. 1997 Feb; 84(2):238-41.
- Brittenden J, et al. Dietary supplementation with L-arginine in patients with breast cancer (> 4cm.) receiving multi-modality treatment: report of a feasibility study. Br J Cancer. 1994 May; 69(5):918-21.
- Khedara A, Kawai Y Kayashita J Kato N. Feeding rats the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor, L-N(omega) nitroarginine, elevates serum triglycerides and cholesterol and lowers hepatic fatty acid oxidation. J Nutr. 1996 Oct; 126(10):2563-7.
17.Chen J, Wollman Y, Chernichovsky T, et al. Effect of high dose nitric oxide donor L-arginine in men with organic erectile dysfunction. BJU Int. 1999 Feb; 83(3):269-73.
- 33. Wolf A, et al. Dietary L-arginine supplementation normalizes platelet aggregation in hypercholesterolemic humans. J Am Coll Cardiol. 1997 Mar 1; 29(3):479.
- Podjarny, E., et al. Pregnancy-induced hypertension in rats with adriamycin nephropathy is associated with inadequate production of nitric oxide. Hypertension. 1997; 29:986-991.
- De Gouw HW, Verbruggen MB, Twiss IM, Sterk PJ. Effect of oral L-arginine on airway hyper-responsiveness to histamine in asthma. Thorax. 1999 Nov; 54(11):1033-5.
- De Gouw HW, Marshall-Partridge SJ, et al. Role of nitric oxide in the airway response to exercise in healthy and asthmatic subjects. J Appl Physiol. 2001 Feb; 90(2):586-92.
- Fried R, Merrell WC. The Arginine Solution. New York, New York. Warner Books, 1999. pp 4-5.
- Stevens BR, Godfrey MD, Kaminski TW, Braith RW. High intensity dynamic human muscle performance enhanced by a metabolic intervention. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2000 Dec; 32(12):2102-8.
- Heitzer, T., Just, H., and Munzell, T. Antioxidant Vitamin C Improves Endothelium Function in Chronic Smokers. Circulation. 1996; 94:9.
- Zeiher, A.M., Schachinger, V., and Minners, J. Long-Term Cigarette Smoking Impairs Endothelium-Dependent Coronary Arterial Vasodilator Function. Circulation. 1995; 92:1094-1100.
- Barbul A, et al. Arginine enhances wound healing and lymphocyte immune responses in humans. Surgery. 1990 Aug; 108(2):331-6; discussion 336-7.
- Braga M, Gianotti L Raedelli G, et al. Perioperative immunonutrition in patients undergoing cancer surgery: results of a randomized double-blind phase 3 trial. Arch Surg. 1999 Apr; 134(4):428-33.
- De-Souza DA, Greene LJ. Pharmacological nutrition after burn injury. J of Nutri. 1998 May; 128(5):797-803.
- Kirk SJ, et al Arginine stimulates wound healing and immune function in elderly humans. Surgery. 1993 Aug; 114(2):155-9; discussion 160.
- Bednarz B, Wolk R, Chamiec T, et al. Effects of oral L-arginine supplementation on exercised induced QT dispersion and exercise tolerance in stable anginapectoris. Int J Cardiol. 2000 Sep 15; 75(2-3): 205-10.
- Aikawa K, Yokota T, et al. Endogenous nitric oxide-mediated relaxation and nitrinergic innervation in the rabbit prostate: the change with aging. Prostate. 2001 Jun 15; 48(1):40-6.
- Fini M, et al. Effect of l-lysine and L-arginine on primary osteoblast cultures from normal and osteopenic rats. Biomed Pharmacother. 2001 May; 55(4):213-21.
- Sahin AS, Atalik KE, Gunel E, Dogan N. Nonadrenergic, noncholinergic responses of the human colon smooth muscle and the role of K+channels in these responses. Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol. 2001 Jan-Feb; 23(1):13-7.
- Ohta Y, Nishida K., Protective effect of l-arginine against stress-induced gastric mucosal lesions in rats and its relation to nitric acid-mediated inhibition of neutrophil infiltration. Pharmacal Res. 2001 Jun; 43(6):535-41.
- Khattab MM, Gad MZ, Abdallah D. Protective role of nitric oxide in indo- methacin- induced gastric ulceration by a mechanism independent of gastric acid secretion. Pharmacol Res. 2001 May; 43(5):463-7.
- De Nicola L, Bellizzi V, Minutolo R, et al. Randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study of arginine supplementation in chronic renal failure. Kidney Int. 1999 Aug; 56(2):674-84.
- Reckelhoff JF, et al. Long-term dietary supplementation with L-arginine prevents age related reduction in renal function. Am J Physiol. 1997 Jun; 272(6 Pt 2):1768-74.
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