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Common Thyroid Problems Linked to This Ultra-Important Vitamin

You might already know that vitamin D works with calcium to keep your bones healthy.

But what about your thyroid?

Even if you eat a diet that contains plenty of vitamin D or take a vitamin D supplement, you might still have low levels of vitamin D.

Problems with your thyroid can lead to stubborn weight gain, thinning hair, constipation, brain fog, and even infertility. And there’s a strong link between low levels of vitamin D and thyroid disorders. Scientists have known about the relationship between vitamin D and the thyroid for decades.

For example, we know that:

  • Receptors for vitamin D and thyroid hormone look a lot alike.
  • Receptors for vitamin D are found within the thyroid gland.

These discoveries led scientists to explore how vitamin D fits into the overall picture of thyroid health. They found that low levels of vitamin D are linked to Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and thyroid cancer.

While this doesn’t mean that thyroid disease is caused by vitamin D deficiency—it does imply that vitamin D plays an important role in the overall health of your thyroid.


Immune cells are loaded with receptors that are waiting to bind with vitamin D.

But what are they doing there?

Scientists found that vitamin D silences some inflammatory signals. It also makes the immune system more flexible, meaning it’s less likely to fall out of balance and into autoimmunity.

A recently published study looked at the impact of vitamin D deficiency in folks who are otherwise healthy. Researchers found that low levels of vitamin D are associated with a higher risk of thyroid antibodies—which are found in those with autoimmune thyroid disorders, like Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

While previous research had underscored the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and those with autoimmune thyroid disorders, this was the first study to look closely at the impact of vitamin D deficiency in healthy men and women.

Even when autoimmunity isn’t present, inflammation within the body can reduce levels of circulating thyroid hormones. Vitamin D stops inflammation and the expression of pro-inflammatory messages.


You can improve vitamin D absorption by eating fermented veggies every day to heal a leaky gut.

The Veggie Culture Starter makes it easy and convenient to ferment vegetables at home. And it is now available at Pathways Holistic Center.