Quercetin and Resveratrol Help Combat Thyroid Cancer

Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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Quercetin and Resveratrol Help Combat Thyroid Cancer
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Thyroid cancer is on the rise in the U.S.--not surprising since the thyroid gland is sensitive to chemicals from environmental pollution and digestive tract imbalance. The most aggressive forms of thyroid cancer cause the thyroid gland to lose its identity and no longer produce properly or respond to thyroid hormone signaling. Cell studies show that resveratrol and quercetin1 can inhibit abnormal changes to thyroid tissue while shrinking tumors. This ability is not possessed by any drug.

This is very good news for individuals undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer; it raises the possibility of a better outcome in difficult situations. Because this was a cell study, precise doses for humans were not tested. However, both nutrients are readily absorbed.

Since thyroid cancer is on the rise, supplementing with resveratrol and quercetin to help protect the thyroid gland from chemical/toxic stress is a good idea. Small amounts of resveratrol are in some red wines. Quercetin is in many fruits and vegetables, especially onions and apples. Supplementation of both nutrients is common for many people. This study adds one more reason to do so.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Quercetin, Reseveratrol, and Thyroid Cancer  J Korean Med Sci.   Kang HJ, Youn YK, Hong MK, Kim LS.

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