Thyroid hormone is a metabolic hormone secreted by the thyroid gland. It regulates temperature, regulates healthy weight, and cerebral function that result in increased energy, temperature and warmth. It increases fat breakdown resulting in weight loss and lowers cholesterol. Thyroid hormones control the growth differentiation and metabolism of each cell in the body. They also control how fast our body uses the fuel that we consume particularly carbohydrates and fat. This in turn helps to regulate our temperature and body fat percentage. The thyroid hormone protects against cardiovascular disease by its cholesterol lowering properties. It improves cerebral metabolism, prevents cognitive impairment and relieves symptoms of thin, sparse hair, dry skin and thin nails. Persons who suffer from low thyroid function tend to experience weight gain, fatigue and low energy, slowness in their speech and actions, forgetfulness, mental confusion, depression, arthritis-like pain and susceptibility to colds and infections. Many of these aspects are considered normal aging. However, we now know that it is secondary to thyroid insufficiency. The thyroid hormone is an indispensable ingredient in the total hormone package.
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