Five berries for those with thyroid disease

By Mai Hoa   June 4, 2023 | 02:59 pm PT
Along with medication, thyroid patients are advised to eat fruits like green grapes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cherries daily to stay healthy and alleviate their symptoms.
Five berries for those with thyroid disease

Green grapes: A healthy diet can prevent thyroid disease and aid patients’ recovery. According to Dr. Tran Thi Tra Phuong from Nutrihome Nutrition Clinic System, people with thyroid disease should eat grapes regularly. Every 100 g of grapes contains 69 kcal, 0.9 g of fiber, 191 mg of potassium, 3.2 mg of vitamin C, 10 mg of calcium and 14.6 μg of vitamin K.

Grapes have strong antioxidant flavonoids that can help the body eliminate toxins and remove harmful agents for the thyroid gland. This fruit also contains other nutrients such as calcium and potassium, which provide energy and help boost the immune system.

Five berries for those with thyroid disease

Strawberries: Nutritional components in 100g of strawberries include: 35 kcal, 1.8 g of fiber, 12 mg of calcium, 89 mg of potassium, 0.28 mg of manganese and 56 mg of vitamin C. Strawberries have two antioxidants (anthocyanins, ellagic) that can prevent cancer, fight inflammation and protect the body from cardiovascular diseases.

Anthocyanins can help destroy free radicals so that cells can function normally. Ellagic aids in preventing the rapid growth of cancer cells. People with thyroid disease should choose strawberries with bright green stems and even-colored skin.

Five berries for those with thyroid disease

Blueberries: People with hypothyroidism have higher levels of harmful free radicals than people without the disease. Blueberries contain pterostilbene that can help prevent the influence of free radicals and limit the production and growth of abnormal cells.

Dr. Phuong said blueberries also contain vitamins and minerals that improve health and enhance the immune system. Every 100 g of blueberries contains 57 kcal, 84.2 g of water, 2.4 g of fiber, 6 mg of calcium, 77 mg of potassium, 0.336 mg of manganese and 9.7 mg of vitamin C.

Adults should eat about 128-150 g of blueberries per day, three times a week, which is the equivalent of 1-2 glasses of juice a day.

Five berries for those with thyroid disease

Raspberries: In 100 g of raspberries worth 43 kcal, nutritional components include: 35% being vitamin C, 32% manganese, 25% vitamin K, 8% copper and 6% folate.

Raspberries are rich in manganese, which is essential for brain function, helps improve memory, and reduces inflammation caused by injuries leading to thyroid conditions, as well as preventing thyroid disorders. They also enhance the recovery of damaged cells.

Five berries for those with thyroid disease

Cherries: In 100 g of cherries, nutrients include 63 kcal, 2.1 g of fiber, 13 mg of calcium, 11 mg of magnesium, 222 mg of potassium, 0.07 mg of manganese and 7 mg of vitamin C. Cherry fruit contains many good antioxidants for the body such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein, which help fight inflammation and prevent aging and carcinogenic agents.

In addition, it reduces the absorption of bad cholesterol into the bloodstream, protecting the heart. Patients can eat cherries raw, juice them, or eat them with oats.

Dr. Phuong advises people with abnormal symptoms such as constant fatigue with no obvious cause, weight loss, a swollen throat, or difficulty swallowing to see a specialist in endocrinology - diabetes mellitus for early detection of the disease and effective treatment.

During treatment, patients need to adhere to medication and a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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