By: Dr. Ravishankar M
The thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine glands located just below the voice box or the larnyx. This butterfly shaped gland is responsible for producing major metabolism hormones that control every function of the body. It synthesizes Triiodothyronine (T3), Thyroxine (T4) and Diiodothyronine (T2) hormones responsible for regulating growth, metabolism, temperature and heartbeat.
Under normal situation, the thyroid gland works so perfectly that it hardly makes its presence felt but if for some reason the functionality gets disrupted then one is sure to realize its importance.
When the thyroid gland fails to produce the required amount of hormones it is termed as hypothyroidism. This condition is mostly linked to iron deficiency but can be caused by some other factors as well. Hypothyroidism impacts the overall health and well-being of an individual.
Some of the common symptoms of hypothyroidism are:
Lethargy, Fatigue and lack of energy.
Unaccounted Weight gain
Dry Skin and hair troubles
Low basal temperature.
With the latest trend of modern life taking a toll on the health, thyroid issues are becoming more common. Researchers are coming up with new theories to combat hypothyroidism; however there is an age-old technique that has proven to be a boon for thyroid – The use of coconut oil!
What’s under the shell?
The unique composition of coconut oil makes it a rare specialty gift that helps in treating hypothyroidism and relaxing its symptoms. It contains medium chain fatty acids consisting of components like lauric acid, caprylic acid and Capric acid. These constituents of coconut oil are rich in antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and health-promoting properties.
The goodness of Coconut oil in a nutshell
Coconut is aptly named as “kalpa vriksha”, in Sanskrit which translates to ‘tree which gives all that is necessary for living’. Every part of this exotic nut is a blessing to mankind. Coconut offers major benefits for those suffering from hypothyroidism as it helps in soothing the signs and symptoms and pushing the glands to be back on track. Its unique structure makes it a highly usable source of energy for the body and its particular fat balance is nourishing to the thyroid.
The fatty acid chain of coconut oil contains lauric acid which can be readily absorbed by the mitochondria of the cell thus supplying an instant energy boost. This helps in combating the feeling of lethargy and fatigue.
Unaccounted weight gain is one of the common problems related to hypothyroidism. Coconut oil helps in internal fat busting thus aiding in maintaining a healthy weight.
The unbalanced hormone levels in hypothyroidism lead to inflammation and muscle pain. The natural ingredient of coconut oil cures inflammation and helps to repair tissues thus making it highly effective in the treatment of hypothyroidism.
Low thyroid hormones may also cause constipation. Coconut oil helps in stimulating bowel movements and works as a natural laxative that aids in treating intestinal problems.
Dr. Ravishankar M, Physician, AyurCentral, Girinagar, Bangalore