B Vitamins: Necessary Nutrients for Hashimoto’s

B Vitamins: Necessary Nutrients for Hashimoto’s


Hi and welcome! This is Sarah Peternell
with Family Nutrition Services. I’m happy to be recording this video for you this
evening. One of the things I’ve been wanting to share with you about for a
little while now is the importance of the complex vitamins for those of you
with Hashimoto’s and I get this question a lot from my clients about what are
some of the key foundation nutrients that generally speaking work for most
people who have the autoimmune Hashimoto’s thyroiditis now I have also
written some information on my blog about some genetic variations that are
commonly associated with having Hashimoto’s this is what I’m referring
to is the MTHFR genetic variation and for a more in-depth and detailed
description about this genetic variation and how it plays a role in having
Hashimoto’s please do refer to my website at Sarah P tournelle calm and
check out that blog post but what I can tell you is irregardless of having an
empty edge of our genetic variation one of the things that I have found quite
commonly among my clients with Hashimoto’s is the need for additional B
complex vitamins support now I’m just going to state that kind of broadly at
this time and then then I’ll explain it a little bit more in just a second
so in regards to the MTHFR genetic variation which affects approximately
40% of the population so it is a pretty common genetic difference or genetic
variation that a lot of people experience this can reduce a person’s
availability of active folate which is needed for many of the functions in the
body including supporting the brain and nervous system health and also reducing
levels of homocysteine which may pose a threat or risk of cardiovascular disease
what I have found is that generally speaking through all of the
testing that I have done with my clients over the years using the spectra cell
micronutrient test is that most of my clients who have Hashimoto’s have quite
a number of deficiencies first and foremost in usually folate which is
vitamin b9 and also in vitamin b12 or methylcobalamin which is the active form
of b12 that these two nutrients are typically deficient in people with
Hashimoto’s now there may or may not be a direct correlation to having the MTHFR
genetic variation as I said but I do see this quite commonly that most of my
clients especially females who have Hashimoto’s have deficiencies in these
two vitamins other deficiencies in B vitamins that I see are b1 which is
thiamine and also B 3 which is niacin so those two are also quite common now if
there’s any corresponding adrenal issues or adrenal fatigue sort of secondary or
maybe you know kind of concurrently happening with the low thyroid function
then also those individuals typically also tend to be low in pantothenate
which is b5 so because of my clinical experience in in working with so many
clients where we’ve done testing and also knowing the strong correlation
between MTHFR genetic variations and the need for for B vitamins especially
folate and b12 one of the things that I can generally say is that if you have
Hashimoto’s you probably do need B complex vitamins support on an ongoing
basis so it’s very important to choose a high quality vitamin supplement you can
work you know directly with a holistic practitioner to gain access to the
professional lines of supplements I generally recommend my favorite B
complex is actually by vital nutrients and it’s therapy complex formula
has the methyl forms of both folate and b12 and it has a good level of all of
the different other B vitamins in their relationship to one another and because
what B vitamins are water-soluble you do need to take them you know on a daily
basis because whatever your body does not need you will excrete and then also
I do also recommend that you take them more than once per day so B vitamins can
be a little bit stimulating they can help support energy they help support
metabolism they can help with you know digestion and assimilation of your other
nutrients they are wonderful cofactors for other nutrients in your body that
you’re getting from food or other supplements and so you should take them
generally speaking in the morning with breakfast and then again take your B
complex with lunch so one of the things I also feel that is a great great
benefit to taking a b-complex vitamin when you have Hashimoto’s is that it is
very supportive to overall energy patterns and so most of my clients when
they come in with a significant amount of fatigue related to Hashimoto’s what
they notice is that when they start taking B vitamins they actually start to
feel like they get some of their innate energy back pretty quickly so it’s a
nice change that can start to happen pretty quickly when you start taking a
good B complex like the vital nutrients there are a lot of B vitamins available
in foods of course we see a lot of the B vitamins that are generally fortified in
certain things like processed breads and cereals and and things like that
that obviously is not the best place to get those vitamins from they’re
typically synthetic and maybe not going to be as valuable or available to the
body in that form and then also the natural forms of B vitamins are often
found in least from the plant food standpoint in some foods that maybe a
person would be trying to avoid if they have Hashimoto’s because they’re gonna
be following an anti-inflammatory or an a IP protocol or maybe a pail
program and so they might be avoiding some grains and legumes so people who
are you know using dietary strategies to help manage their Hashimoto’s might also
be avoiding some of the foods that tend to be richest in the vitamins now from
an animal food standpoint really the best source of getting b12 from your
diet is going to come from animal protein animal protein is a great source
of the vitamin b12 and also the carnitine which is a great cofactor with
b12 to enhance that vitamin in particular some people also again may be
avoiding meat if they’ve you know they have either some intolerance or some
digestive issues around meat so supplementing again with a B complex and
perhaps even in particular with an additional b12 there’s a great idea
symptoms of B vitamin deficiencies have a very wide range of symptoms and you
know generally complains that maybe a person doesn’t associate with a B
vitamin deficiency but here are some that I am aware of both from my own
personal experiences with having Hashimoto’s and also from working with
my clients first of all neurological function B vitamins are very very
important for taking care of our brains and for protecting our our brains our
cognition our nervous system memory mood even in proper sleep and helping to
stave off things like depression and anxiety so B vitamins can be very
helpful if you’re someone with Hashimoto’s who maybe is going through
some issues with depression or other maybe mental health issues and also B
vitamins can help clear up some of the brain fog that is typically associated
with Hashimoto’s as well which seems to be one of the number one things that my
clients come in talking about typically would be you know some of the kind of
just feeling like you can’t quite reach your thoughts you can’t quite come up
with the word or even remember what you were wanting to say when some of that
brain fog is prevalent so B vitamins can really help to resolve that issue as
well and
and B vitamins are really important in order to support the healthy metabolism
so deficiencies might look like again the fatigue but also resistant weight
loss difficulty with recovering from exercise or maybe starting a new
exercise regimen where you’re feeling like you don’t have as much stamina B
vitamins can help with that a lot B vitamins are really really important not
just for thyroid hormones production but also for other hormones in the body so
especially again for both women and for men but also especially for women many
women with Hashimoto’s experience some other hormonal imbalances may be issues
especially related to their menstrual cycle and having me be more estrogen
dominant types of symptoms or PMS and taking these B vitamins including
especially b6 can be very very helpful for alleviating some of those complaints
like maybe heavier flow cramps irritability fatigue again so that’s
really really helpful other B vitamin deficiencies can affect the mucous
membranes of really everywhere in the body sometimes people with B vitamin
deficiencies will have kind of cracks around their mouth or maybe even around
their eyes skin tends to suffer and also skin on the hands and around the
cuticles and the nails can also be affected by B vitamin deficiencies our
digestion strongly relies on a good steady source of these essential
vitamins every single day so for a really good digestive health you also
want to make sure you have a good source of a quality B complex vitamins so this
is just a quick primer just a quick video I wanted to share with you about a
question that I get a lot about foundation nutrient that helps people
with Hashimoto’s I do want you to think about the B complex I want you to think
about extra folate methylfolate also methylcobalamin which is b12 which is
the active form of b12 b6 for corresponding hormonal b5 for
corresponding adrenal and then if there are some neurological concerns looking
into b1 again which is thiamine and I really
like the products called benfotiamine and which is a high dose of of actually
a synthetic thiamine that’s easily absorbed and can be very helpful with
vertigo dizziness depression anxiety and even help with things like migraines so
that’s a really great one to consider and then for energy niacin b3 is very
very helpful so start out with just a great B complex a high quality becomes
like the vitamin like I said the one from vital nutrients if you’re one of my
clients and you have access to full script you can find that product there
if you’re one of my clients are probably taking it so anyway please do check out
my blog for a lot of other information and resources for Hashimoto’s I also
have a lot of other videos in this whole series I have a whole video about why
you may need more protein animal protein if you have Hashimoto’s you can check
that one out as well thanks so much for tuning in thanks so
much for watching please subscribe like and share and I’ll be back soon with
more information have a great day

3 thoughts on “B Vitamins: Necessary Nutrients for Hashimoto’s”

  1. For more details about MTHFR genetic variations and the role that plays in b vitamin needs, check out my blog post: https://sarapeternell.com/hashimotos-in-genes-and-mthfr/

  2. I love a recommendation on how to get B vitamins when I have an allergy to microcrystalline cellulose which is the filler or used as the veggie capsule in 98% of all supplements. I did find a B12 as a liquid but not a complex

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