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What are some foods that help with hyperthyroidism?

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Some foods that may help with the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are cherries, squash, blueberries, bell pepper, tomatoes, lean cuts of meat, vegetables, cold water fish and food sources that have the nutrients calcium, vitamins B and D, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Although nutrition can be useful for hyperthyroidism symptoms, it cannot treat or prevent hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces an excess of the thyroid hormone called thyroxine.

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The symptoms of hyperthyroidism can include weight lose, being irritable, nervousness, sleeping problems, fatigue, sweating and a fast heartbeat. Although good nutrition may be helpful for hyperthyroidism, the condition also requires prescribed medications, such as radioactive iodine and anti-thyroid drugs to slow down an overactive thyroid gland and help with the symptoms.

Foods, such as cherries, blueberries and squash, have antioxidants, states the University of Maryland Medical Center. Foods that are good sources of vitamin B are whole grains. These different foods may also be useful for symptoms of this condition.

Getting the proper amounts of calcium and vitamin D through either diet or supplementation are especially important for patients with hyperthyroidism because the condition can cause bones to become thin or weak, states Mayo Clinic. This can in turn lead to osteoporosis. Calcium and vitamin D are necessary for healthy bones. Some foods, which are rich sources of calcium, are dairy products. Vitamin D foods include dairy products, fatty fish and eggs, as stated in the July 2012 issue of Today's Dietitian Magazine.

The daily calcium requirements needed for adults aged 19 to 50 are 1000 milligrams. For vitamin D, the daily recommended requirement is 600 IUs for adults 19 to 70 years of age, notes Mayo Clinic.

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