What is Armour Thyroid?
Armour Thyroid is a medication used to treat hypothyroidism. The Thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located on the windpipe which produces several different hormones.
The hormones the Thyroid produces have an influence on metabolism, growth, development, body temperature, and the brain development of infants and children.
When the body does not produce these hormones, or produces a low quantity of these hormones, it is called hypothyroidism.
Benefits of Armour Thyroid
Armour Thyroid can be used as a hormone replacement therapy in many different situations including ordinary hypothyroidism, atrophy of the thyroid gland, and partial or total loss of the thyroid gland.
Armour Thyroid can also be used as a pituitary TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone) suppressant in the treatment or management of certain diseases including prevention of types of goiters, Hashimoto’s disease, and the management of Thyroid cancer.
Taking Armour Thyroid to combat your hypothyroidism may improve your quality of life. Relieving the symptoms of hypothyroidism leads to improved energy level and metabolism, which can help you to achieve weight-loss. You may begin to feel better which will put you in a better mood. Unhealthy levels of triglycerides and cholesterol may begin to lower. If given to a child with hypothyroidism, their growth and development may return to normal since it may have been stunted during the hypothyroidism.
Armour thyroid is the hypothyroidism medication of choice for people who are looking for a natural alternative instead of taking synthetic medications as it is derived from porcine thyroid glands. It also contains both the T3 and T4 Thyroid hormones as opposed to levothyroxine sodium medications (Synthroid, Levothroid, Levoxyl, Euthyrox) which only contain T3. There have also been studies done which feature Armour Thyroid outshining its competition. In an article titled “NEJM Study Proves Armour Thyroid Better Than Synthroid” published in 2008 by the New England Journal of Medicine, the writer starts that “Patients with hypothyroidism show greater improvements in mood and brain function if they receive Armour Thyroid rather than Synthroid”. In fact, the article went on to state that “No score was better after Synthroid”.
Side Effects of Armour Thyroid
Always consult your doctor before taking any medicine. If you are thinking about taking Armour Thyroid be sure to mention any medical conditions which may affect your use of Armour Thyroid.
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Give a list of your current medications and supplements and inform the doctor of any allergies you have. Heart problems, diabetes, and any condition which affects your body’s ability to absorb nutrients should also be talked about with your doctor. Medicines such as anticoagulants (Blood Thinners), estrogen, birth control pills, thioamines, and diabetes medications.