Vegan Diets Improve Thyroid Function

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Vegan Diets Improve Thyroid Function

November 21, 2013

Vegan diets protect against hypothyroidism, according to a new study published in the journal Nutrients. As part of the Adventist Health Study 2, 65,981 men and women completed diet questionnaires and reported whether they had been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Compared with the omnivorous group, the vegan group had fewer diagnoses of hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce enough of the hormones that are essential for a wide variety of functions in the body, including proper cardiac, nerve, gastrointestinal, and psychologic function. Read more on

Tonstad S, Nathan E, Oda K, Fraser G. Vegan diets and hypothyroidism. Nutrients. 2013;5:4642-4652.

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