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Maintain Your Thyroid in Top Condition with This Juice

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Maintain Your Thyroid in Top Condition with This Juice

The thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine glands in our body and sits low on the front of the neck. It has a butterfly-shape and has two side lobes that are connected by a bridge in the middle. Because it has such an important role in our body, it is important to maintain it in top condition.

The Important Role of the Thyroid

The thyroid gland produces T3 and T4 hormones

The thyroid gland is rich with blood vessels. Also nerves important for voice quality pass through this gland. The thyroid has a very important role in our body and secretes several hormones called thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).


These hormones regulate the body’s metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature. They also regulate heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development and bone maintenance. The thyroid gland controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body is to other hormones.

TSH controls the thyroid

The brain’s pituitary gland controls the activity of your thyroid gland by secreting TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). This is the hormone that stimulates the thyroid to produce thyroid hormones. Doctors check if TSH levels are normal or abnormal to find out if a person has thyroid issues.

  • Low TSH levels usually mean that your thyroid is producing too much T3 and T4 thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism).
  • High TSH levels usually mean that your thyroid is not producing enough T3 and T4  (hypothyroidism).

Maintaining your Thyroid in Top Condition

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with your thyroid gland. Common thyroid disorders are hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, and hypothyroidism, which is the underproduction of the thyroid hormones (read more in my article The Most Common Thyroid Disorders and What You Need to Know).


These conditions require a supervision by a doctor, preferably endocrinologist, and any recommendations by your doctor should take precedence.

Radish and the Thyroid Gland

When I researched the subject of how to maintain the thyroid in top condition, I’ve noticed that radishes and radish juice came at the top of the list in terms of balancing the activity of the thyroid gland.

Dr. Mercola 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.

Radishes or radish juice – how much and how long to take it?

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 about this topic, 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 vegetable juice/smoothie, which takes about 1 typical bunch of small radishes to make.


Dr. Mercola, 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. A study from 2012 said that vitamin A has been shown to regulate thyroid hormone metabolism, and found that vitamin A supplementation might reduce the risk of subclinical hypothyroidism in premenopausal women.

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. For example, a study from 2008 found that there is a high prevalence of B12 deficiency in hypothyroid patients (approx 40%).

Some people suggest 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.


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.

For example, according to a study published on 2007, iodine is essential for the synthesis of thyroid hormones T3 and T4. A lack of iodine leads to insufficient production of these hormones, which has negative affect the muscle, heart, liver, kidney and the developing brain.

Another study from 2014 concluded that both iodine deficiency and iodine excess are associated with an increased risk of thyroid disorders.

According  to the National Institutes of Health, the recommended daily intake of iodine is 150 mcg for men and women over the age of 19. Food sources containing iodine include mainly seaweed, as well as seafood, dairy products, grain products, eggs and iodized salt.

Thyroid Maintenance Juice – Safety Notes

This juice is used for a general maintenance of the thyroid gland and is not intended to treat thyroid disorders.

Thyroid disorders need to be treated by a professional health practitioner.

Just like you maintain the healthy function of any other organ in your body, such as the liver, kidneys or colon, it’s important to nourish the thyroid gland so it works more efficiently.

However a caution should be applied if you have any special condition with your thyroid and any recommendations by your doctor should take precedence.

For example, Dr. Weil when talking about under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) recommends against excessive intake of certain foods (called goitrogens), which radish is one of them, and while you don’t have to avoid these foods completely, don’t overdo them either.

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87 Responses to Maintain Your Thyroid in Top Condition with This Juice

  1. ruth layosa says:

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

  2. 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.

        • sabina says:

          I used to have Graves Disease. I cured it with herbs. My doctor had me on medication, and I added herbs after telling him. After a year, my blood tests came back normal. He weaned me off meds and I kept taking herbs. Now it is neither, needed.

    • 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.

  3. 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.

  5. Harsha says:

    Hi will surely try the radish juice .

  6. 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 🙂

  7. Sunil Badwaik says:

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

  8. Cecilia says:

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

  9. 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. ( 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.

  10. Donna Thornton says:


  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. scienceisforsale says:

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

  14. 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…….


  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. scott says:

    how about v8 juice will that help

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Deborah Lewis says:

    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.

    • Marife Barredo says:

      Hi! May I ask if radish juice is good for the hyperthyroid or hypothyroid patient? coz Im a hypo and some foods are not suitable for my condition like cabbage ,turnips,cassava,beans and brocolli.

  23. 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.

  24. Mary. E. Murphy Hice says:

    How do I get the recipe…downloaded….hugs

  25. 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.

  26. 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. 😉

    • Alainna says:

      I have had hypothyroidism since I was in 7th grade(currently 35yrs old), around the same time my kidney disorder-that I was diagnosed with at age 3- went into remission. I still struggle with Epilepsy, but have it under control with Modified Atkins Diet and some medications, but not currently taking the Levothyroxine because I am without a primary, however last time this happened I just took the Prolamine Iodine my aunt-a chiropractor and board certified in nutrition-gave me for a couple years & was on the diet and by the time I got one my dosage decreased. That’s what I intend to do for now. Go Whole Food Supplements(Standard Process is what I use through my aunt as they are sold through healthcare practitioners). I started Modified Atkins Diet as a trial, at first after brain surgery didn’t stop my seizures completely. Keeps them from turning into generalized ones, but if I get any now they are Complex-Partial(staring) seizures. I also have had an implanted device-VNS(Vagus Nerve Stimulator) that controls them since 2004, my brain surgery was done on January 17th 2009. I actually, had my nerve bridge cut in the process of that in November 2008. Been quite an experience. The Vagus Nerve controls a lot of neurological/hormonal problems too, because of the stomach and gut being attached to that nerve. That’s why all the “good fats” like coconut oil, almond milk/butter/flour, flaxseed, chia seeds, etc. are making a comeback in health food. Even eggs and bacon-as long as it doesn’t have nitrates and nitrites, with the exception of celery juice like the Oscar Meyer Selects products. I know mine is getting rather long because of everything, but I thought I should share why I did it to begin with. I actually have tried different medical fields myself, and would love to go back to Human Services-similar to counseling, which is one of the degrees I haven’t finished, but loved.

  27. 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 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.

  28. 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 – – but it does not come instead of a medical treatment, but as an add-on.

  29. Lhynn says:

    I have had both Graves. (Hyper) and Hashimotos ( hypo) 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 is great to do!!

  30. 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..

  31. pallavi kapadia says:

    I have hypothyroidism I read somewhere that coriander seeds juice is effective for 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.

  32. lori gonzalez says:

    I have hasimotos is this good for that.
    I feel horrible depressed. My weight is to much.
    My energy is Lost non existent.

  33. MGB says:

    Im so depressed with wat is happening with me i both have hyperthyroidsm and graves.. Wat else tonic can you share. Tnx!

  34. lina says:

    So is the foot swelling because of hypothyroidism? How about my joints, I’ve been on the synthroid 5 years ago, this year 2015 started with the joints pain, is it due to my thyroid gland? I started on 75 mcg, then 100, now 88 due of sometimes losing weight, sometimes I gain.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Lina, I have read in Mayo Clinic website that for some people, hypothyroidism can contribute to joint and muscle problems, including swollen joints in hands and feet (see more information here).

  35. DANKOSS says:

    The world must visit african herbalists,there is no sickness or illness or diseases an african herbalist cannot cure

  36. Ruth A. Joles says:

    What is it call ? When your thyroid just stop working. My Doctor have me on Levothyroxine 112MCG and 125MCG. I still fill tried and don’t have very much energy. Is there something else might help? Smoothie or juices or food?

  37. Nadia Akinin says:

    I don’t have a juicer but I have a ninja blender. Would this work?

  38. Kassie says:

    Radishes are part of the cruciferous vegetables which are bad for hypothyroid, I don’t recommend this.

  39. Nasera says:

    Hi I have been diagnosed by multi nodules goiter can I use this juice and would be helpful for me?

  40. Eryn Sample says:

    I’m not a medical doctor, however, as has been said here many times this juice is for keeping a healthy thyroid. Therefore, if your doctor has told you no kelp because you are hyper and are producing too much or are hypo and are not supposed to eat cruciferous vegetable then don’t make this and drink this juice. Talk to your endocrinologist about your diet. See what they say about making/drinking this juice.
    Everyone reacts differently to medications, environmental stressors and life.
    Thanks for the article.

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