Easy and Effective Tonic for the Thyroid

how to make thyroid tonic

I know several people that suffer from thyroid disorders, and these greatly affect their health and wellbeing. Thyroid disorders can affect your weight, mood, energy, cholesterol, bowel problems and more.

The thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine glands and is found in the neck. The thyroid gland has a very important role in our body: it controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body is to other hormones. Common thyroid disorders are hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, and hypothyroidism, which is the underproduction of the thyroid hormones. Both conditions require a supervision by a doctor, preferably endocrinologist, and any recommendations by your doctor should take precedence.

When I researched the subject of how to maintain the thyroid in top condition, I’ve seen that radishes and radish juice came at the top of the list regarding balancing the activity of the thyroid gland. Mercola.com website mentioned that radishes and radish juice can be quite beneficial. This is because a sulphur compound found in the radish (called raphanin) is a regulator of the thyroid hormones. When enough of this sulphur compound is circulating in the bloodstream, the thyroid is less apt to over or under produce these hormones.

One of the problems that I was facing when researching this subject was how much and how long to take this tonic. This was a real problem, since there is no specific medical research that was done, and the exact dosage and time frame haven’t been determined. It is probably a good idea to start from about 1/2 cup of radish juice combined into your daily vegetable juice/smoothie, which takes about 1 typical bunch of small radishes to make.

Mercola.com for example recommends a thyroid tonic that contains radishes, and the juice of carrots or cucumber, celery and lemon. Carrots contain large amount of beta-carotene which is the precursor for vitamin A in the body. If you are low on vitamin A, your ability to produce thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is limited. B-complex vitamins are required for good thyroid function. Cucumbers contain B vitamins, so they are a good choice when trying to nourish the thyroid glands. Mercola website suggests to add to this tonic a dash of powdered kelp or dulse seaweeds for a boost of iodine. This is because iodine is an essential trace mineral that is crucial for the thyroid to function properly, so eating foods rich in iodine ensures the proper function of the thyroid. Global Healing Center website say that research has shown that a lack of dietary iodine may lead to enlargement of the thyroid gland, lethargy, fatigue, weakness of the immune system, slow metabolism, weight gain and more.

eHow website talks about the healthy benefits of juicing radishes, and it is mentioned there that there is no time frame for using radish juicing to cure certain ailments. eHow website say that most people continue juicing until their symptoms disappear or improve. This is why I believe that periodical medical supervision and dietary guidelines in cases of thyroid disorders are important, as only your doctor is able to perform the tests needed to monitor your thyroid activity along time.

If you suspect that you may have a thyroid disorder please read my other post about the Top 13 Signs That You May Have a Thyroid Disorder. But of course you will need to consult with your doctor for a proper diagnosis.

If you suffer from hypothyroidism, you may wish to read the post about natural remedies for hypothyroidism:

8 Natural Remedies To Treat Hypothyroidism

86 Responses to Easy and Effective Tonic for the Thyroid

  1. Neice says:

    I have hypothyroidism,although, it must not be to far out of range since I am on the lowest dose of meds. there is. How will I be able to tell if this tonic is working w/o going off my meds?

    • Jenny says:

      I believe that as long as your are on medications, it will be hard to tell, but it’s probably something to speak about with your doctor.

  2. Betty says:

    Radishes ! I had over active one . Do u think is good though ? Just by avoiding gotrogenic food , it went away. So I red about about radishes as not good list .

  3. ruth layosa says:

    Pls give me some info.about hyperthyroidism and how to cure it

  4. Shaukat Islam says:

    Can you pls clarify the fwg?

    1) In the tonic, which size radish is to be used? There are small red ones plus the larger red and white ones.

    2) Can this tonic be beneficial for hyper-thyroidism (goitre)?

  5. Imran Naseer Kakezai says:

    Jenny, thank you very much. Undoubtedly you have delivered the guidance of great Value. I am very happy, I am very happy.

  6. naeem haider says:

    My father is the patent of hypothyridism.will this tonic be effective for this or not?

  7. Karen says:

    My daughter had her thyroid radioactively ablated, so now she has no thyroid at all. I wish now that we had done more research and had found another alternative. She never feels good now, always so exhausted that she can barely function, body aches daily, food cravings, headaches, etc..

    • DMW says:

      I’m sorry to hear about that. Did she have the operation recently, maybe her body is learning how to cope. I can’t believe doctors are so cavalier about removing anything from the body. We probably have much more propensity to self-heal than we can imagine but we don’t give our bodies a chance to step up to the plate. Take pills and having surgery could very well impede our ability to self-heal. Shouldn’t we be exercising that “muscle” so it can be developed?

      • reinhilde says:

        itotally agree ! there is a lot of thruth about self-healing – first try this before pills & surgery

    • Deborah Hillman says:

      I been told to have mine removed. No way. I have gravesdisease. MMedication works. But I get very ill. Heart races. Horones gone. Tired exhaustion. Shaking. Eyesight is greatly affected.

      • Tracy says:

        I have graves disease as well, Have not been on meds for 10+ years, have used IV supplements, and diet to keep and stabilize levels. with a team of GP, ND and endocrinologist. In my case, it worked. Though I have fallen off the wagon, am working to get back on. Something to think about.

    • Dana says:

      May I suggest she look into treating her adrenals & possibly natural HRT? The thyroid is just a small part of the endo system. One part shouldn’t be treated without looking at the rest. They all must work together.

  8. Mary says:

    I have Hypo since”93″ and my Dr.cant seem to get it under control so the weight keeps coming, I will try this and see if it helps. Thank You.

    • cheryl says:

      See another doctor. I have hypothyroid and have gained weight from it .It seems no matter what I do i cant take it back off. doctor was no help. Just said watch your diet, yeah right. Makes it hard to breath sometimes. Becareful take care of your self. Maybe you need better tests.


    If a dialysis patient is having thyroid problems where as it causes like swelling of the gums n fingers and rappid weight last weakness etc What’s your advise on what can be done apart from removing the thyroid.

  10. Mor says:

    Ok, guys, but what about what this doc is talking about as far as iodine is concerned?

    • Jenny says:

      The doctor is right – when it comes to Hashimoto disease, which is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in USA, the recommendation is to avoid iodine as it can worsen the situation. People with specific medical conditions, such as hashimoto disease or hyperthyroidism should always follow the specific recommendations of their doctor or endocrinologist. These specific guidelines given by your doctor should always take precedence over what is recommended to the general public.

  11. Harsha says:

    Hi will surely try the radish juice .

  12. Zoe says:

    I was diagnosed over 4 years ago with an under active thyroid , I was taking 50 mg of thyroxine , then gradually
    on to 75mg , over time I have seen myself gain weight
    , moody , angry , tearful , happy , confused and felt like I had a permanent head cold and my hair fell out , so recently I decided no more thyroxine , stopped taking it the change dramatic felt calmer , my dietary habit changed and felt more energetic and alert that I have felt in a long time , awaiting another blood rest but refuse to take some thing that makes me feel worse .

    • lisa says:

      I was on levothyroxine for 12 years and I also stopped taking it–I felt SO MUCH BETTER WITHOUT THAT PILL!! But then 5 months later I went hyperthyroid! ugh–now they put me on anti-thyroid med and I hate it too–it hasn’t stopped my heart from racing and now I have side effects from the med. Sooo…I like radishes anyways, so maybe I’ll give it a try too :)

  13. Sunil Badwaik says:

    Chewing small pieces of ginger every 2-3 hours will help you overcome all problems of hypothyroid

  14. Cecilia says:

    I don’t like radishes. So what can I do?

  15. fish bele says:

    I’m interested to follow your website. ths.

  16. Pam Josey says:

    Thyroid issues are related to the throat chakra, to not being able to speak up for yourself or your own truth. A tonic is fine but why not allow the body to fully heal. I was hyperthyroid first then hypo after that. I took synthroid 100mcg for approximately 8 years. Then I found a natural therapist who practices many modalities but for treating my thyroid we used diet and BodyTalk. (www.bodytalksystem.com). This enabled major energetic shifts within my bodymind, and true healing has taken place. Speaking my truth is now easy and just last week I had blood work confirmation of a functioning thyroid.

    • milad says:

      Please could you tell me in more details about your thyroid treatment?
      I have :
      Not feeling well in my body
      My teeth are shaking
      I be been taking levothyrocine for four years 125 mg.

  17. Donna Thornton says:


  18. Barb Michel says:

    I had Grave’s Disease and I was amazed at the problems it caused. Racing heart, weakness, weight loss, bulging eyes, the list goes on. My endocrinologist put me on meds which were working. He pushed for radiating my thyroid so I finally gave in. If I had it to do again, I would continue meds until my thyroid burnt up. I gained 40 lbs. in 30 days and had to have eye surgery to get my eyes to settle back in place. Please look at all your options before doing anything drastic.

  19. deedee says:

    Why can’t you just eat the raw radishes and other vegetables instead of juicing them, more fiber and I will feel full as well.

    • Jenny says:

      Of course you can eat raw radishes and other vegetables, but for some people it is quite a large amount to consume, and by juicing them or adding them to smoothies it’s easier to consume larger amounts of veges. Also some people don’t like radishes, but if mixed with the other veges in juice, their taste is less evident.

  20. scienceisforsale says:

    I resolved a 25 year hypothyroidism taking Armour by removing fluoride. It’s been 5 years no meds.

  21. Hester says:

    How do I know if my thyroid is over active, under-active or not working as it should. I’ve been to several Drs in Aus & they say nothing is wrong YET I experience about ALL symptoms as on this web page…….


  22. Nancy says:

    I had Micro Cell carcinoma and my thyroid was removed about a year and a half ago. Will this help me feel any better than I am now? I have been extremely tired and fatigued for quite a few months now.

    • Jenny says:

      I am not sure about it Nancy, as this tonic is for a general maintenance of the thyroid gland, but once it had been removed, I don’t know if it helps.

  23. Zella Maquiso says:

    I”ve been drinking/juicing radish (daikon. I drink 1 glass daily sometimes twice if lots of supplies….Im feeling good! I had subtotal thyroidectomy.

  24. Vonda says:

    What do you mix the vegetables with to make the tonic or smoothie?

    • Jenny says:

      If you use a juicer, you just juice the vegetables as they are. If you use a blender, add a little bit of water to get a consistency of a smoothie.

  25. Miina says:

    It is a great idea to boost your thyroid function- BUT- this cocktail might be very dangerous to people suffering from Hashimoto- you already replied to some issue about this- BUT a lot of people with hypothyroidism aren´t always diagnosed with hashimoto (due to lack of knowledge and bloodtest measuring antibodies)- and drinking this cocktail with radish might increase the goiter and iodine will increase the inflammation of the thyroid. You should make people aware of this before promoting it as a healthy thing- otherwise I really like the idea.

    • Jenny says:

      The article clearly says in the beginning that special conditions such as hypo and hyperthyroidism should be supervised by a specialist, and that this tonic is for a general maintenance.

  26. scott says:

    how about v8 juice will that help

  27. Gina says:

    I’m on 125mg of synthroid for Hypo Thyroid ,would this help me in weight/tieredness?

    • Jenny says:

      This tonic is more for a general maintenance, but if you have special condition or take medication, I would talk to your doctor first.

  28. Ratna khadka says:

    i m suffering from back pain .pls suggest

  29. Michelle says:

    You mention your live cleanse recipe….where I can find the info on this please?

  30. Debi Tucker says:

    To help the thyroid heal start by eliminating all processed foods.If you are going to eat cruciferous veggies lightly cook them first to decrease goitrogens. Juice whole fruits and veggies, the fiber is important. The next step is to get good probiotics in your diet along with medium chain triglycerides (Coconut Oil)and add whole food B complex and D3. Please try to buy all organic as you don’t want to add pesticides to an already stressed immune system. If you don’t have other endocrine issues yet, gallbladder or liver disease, healthy sources of other fats such as pasture raised butter will assist you on your quest for better vitality.

  31. Rose says:

    I have had a hyperthyroid/hashimotos for years and read up on juicing radishes and decided to give it a try. I had a TSH level of 5.3 which is too high and juiced 3 radishes everyday with my other fruits and vegetables. Retested after one month and my TSH dropped to .1. I kept this up for one more month and dropped again to .01. So now I am hypo, which means I need to decrease my intake of radish juice because it worked too well for me. Everyone’s body is different and will react in different ways. You have to test and retest to find the right balance for your body.

  32. Hi I am confused as if u have an under active thyroid it said in article you wrote to avoid radish broccoli cabbage etc. So juicing with radishes in theory would make it worse or is the juice with radishes for over active thyroid. please advise very confused

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Deborah, this tonic is for a general maintenance of the thyroid to keep it in peek condition, just like you do for any other organ in the body. The article mentions that people with medical conditions should stick to their doctor’s advice.

  33. wilson says:

    Iam sufferring autoimmune disease due to hypothyroidism and under went plasmapharasis taking immunisuppresent tab cellcept. Is it help ful to drink raddish juice for my disease condition

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Wilson, people with special medical conditions should always seek the advice of a doctor first. You may have certain limitations due to your condition or medication that you take, and these will always take precedence.

  34. How do I get the recipe…downloaded….hugs

  35. laxmi says:


    I have used 25 mg thyroxine tablets when I was pregnent, after that I stopped taking the medicine. But with in 4 to 5 months my TSH levels got incresed to 55. after taht doctor suggested me to use the 100mg Thyroxie tablets.. Is this the correct treatment?
    Could you please suggest what food I have to take…


    • Jenny says:

      Hi Laxmi, I don’t have the knowledge about medications and doses for thyroid disorders. This is a specialized area that requires the knowledge of a health professional, preferably endocrinologist.

  36. mez says:

    I’m 34 yrs n have been diagnosed a hypothyroidism n I’m in the early stage so have been asked to take 25mg of thyroxine tablet but I believe in zero medicine n do practice zero medicine with my self n even with my kids as well, but here out of fear I did start taking these
    Tablet then I realised that they don’t suit me I feel acidic throughout the day n uneasiness so I have stop taking them n more so I believe I must give my body my inner system Some time to repair on its own b’coz that’s What zero medicine teaches us trust in ur own body system created by the almighty n the solution to it is from our own inner mind body n soul….so I have forgotten that I have any such thing called as hypothyroidism coz after all its a name given by we humans.since then I’m tension free n stress free of having anything wrong in my body sometimes such scientific terms play with our human psychology n make us feel even more vulnerable…hope m right dint correct me if not..

    • Anns says:

      Hi, I wouldn’t recommend not to be as hesitant about thyroid meds, specially since it’s the main gland that regulate the hormones in the body. Ask your Dr for Armour that may helps and you’ll feel like wonders. 😉

  37. himal says:

    hi i am 24 years man one year ago i had felt like body pain and went to doctor and he gave me thaironorm tablets 75mg..how can i eliminate the tablet uses and get free from.that problem ?please suggest me asap

    • Jenny says:

      I am not a doctor, and I’m afraid I don’t have enough knowledge to give you advice about this matter.

  38. Annette Tweedel` says:


    I have no thyroid glands because I had thyroid cancer in 2006. Would this tonic help me out? Also, beings I have no thyoid glands is there a natural alternative to Armour thyroid? Thank you for your help.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Anette, this tonic is for a general maintenance of a good thyroid function like you maintain any other organ in your body. Any person with special condition, like yours, should consult with a doctor. I’m also not familiar with natural alternatives to Armour thyroid – hormonal issues are specialized area that require the treatment of an endocrinologist. You can read my article about hypothyroidism – http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/natural-remedies-to-treat-hypothyroidism/ – but it does not come instead of a medical treatment, but as an add-on.

  39. Anns says:

    Hi, I’m still confused I’m hypo but isn’t radishes in raw stage not good to the thyroid…so is it recommended the radish juice for hypo or not? Thanks! Someone please Answer!!!

    • Jenny says:

      This is a tonic for a general maintenance of the thyroid like maintaining any other organ of your body. People with special conditions such as hypo or hyperthyroidism should follow their doctor’s advice as for what they are allowed to eat or not and this should take precedence.

  40. Lhynn says:

    I have had both Graves. (Hyper) and Hashimotos ( hypo)..do not fool around with this as it can in tially help but then take you into Graves disease.not worth it..goitrogens are not great for autoimmune Hashimotos …..just don’t buy into this..if you have no autoimmune diseases..and you are just plain hypo..it is great to do!!

  41. lijo angelina says:

    Hi my dear brothers and sisters… let me always see smile on ur faces.. nothing to worry about our diseases.. let it be whatever try to live a happier life.. want to tell u something.. I too have thyroid when we are started thinking abtour diseases totally we are going upset and worring abt our future.. let put our trust upon our almighty God who created us in this world.. he knw what is good for us.. and we are here to do only goodness and to think only goodness for others.. be happy dont get tension.. we all have limited period In this world..believe always that God is good… and everything will be good and all comes good.. just always think positively..

  42. pallavi kapadia says:

    I have hypothyroidism I read somewhere that coriander seeds juice is effective for this.is it true or it is cumin seed juice

    • Jenny says:

      I have seen several references in the web that soaking coriander seeds overnight in a glass of water and drinking it on an empty stomach in the morning may help, but I don’t know how trusted these sources are and whether it is effective.

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