First off, to better understand what a thyroid regulator is and what it does, let's take a look at the thyroid gland itself:
The thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body. It's located in the neck, below the thyroid cartilage or “Adam's Apple”. The thyroid controls how quickly the body uses energy, it also makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body is to other hormones.
The thyroid gland participates in these processes by producing thyroid hormones, the principal ones being triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones regulate the rate of metabolism – the thyroid is often called the “master of the metabolism” and affect the growth and rate of function of many other systems in the body. T3 and T4 are synthesized using both iodine and the amino acid tyrosine.
The thyroid gland is controlled by the hypothalamus and pituitary. The name “thyroid” comes from the Greek word for "shield", after the shape of the Adam's Apple. Some of the problems that you can have with your thyroid will negatively affect your metabolism. So, looking at the functions, it should be obvious that this is a very critical component of the human body! In terms of supplements, thyroid regulators are tied into weight control. They provide support to the thyroid, allowing for healthy thyroid production. When the thyroid is working at it's optimum, you can achieve faster fat loss. This is actually a very important aspect that often gets overlooked by the main stream public and does not have a long supplement history at all. Despite the fact that this is another small category, it's been reported by many users that once they've added a thyroid product to their fat burning line-up, they notice much faster results. Typical ingredients include iodine, tyrosine, forskolin and guggulsterones.
- Promote healthy thyroid production allowing for increased fat loss through optimal functioning of the metabolism.
- Allows for all thyroid functions to operate at peak efficiency.
As with GH, these benefits are more functions of the thyroid itself, these are not arrived at solely because you take a supplement. The products in this category allow for optimal support and function of the gland, just as other hormonal boosters allow for optimal function of the target hormone. Looking at the role your metabolism plays in fat loss, it's common for the mainstream public to have no idea how important a properly functioning metabolism is. Keeping your metabolism active and increasing the rate to burn faster is critical to fat loss. The idea of starving yourself, eating only one meal a day will slow down your metabolism, thereby burning less calories. How will you lose fat if you are not burning that many calories? You won't! Sometimes your metabolic rate seems to slow on it's own and a problem like this can be tied into your thyroid gland because the thyroid controls the metabolism and even the slightest malfunctioning will slow your fat loss efforts. As with all aspects of the human body, if the thyroid is not 100% healthy and operating without problems, you will suffer for it. Adding a thyroid support product to a complete program geared towards fat loss which should include other supplements as well, will allow you to cover all bases and reach your goals. This is especially true for those that just can't lose fat despite their best efforts – it only makes sense to look at what controls the metabolism in the first place!
Virtually all of the available products are formulas geared towards fat loss and come in tablets and capsules. There are a few products that focus on iodine and it's role in thyroid function. The point here is to provide iodine in supplement form in an age when health conscious people typically restrict salt intake, which is where iodine comes from. The thyroid hormones T3 and T4 contain iodine and the thyroid absorbs it from the blood in support of these hormones. Lack of iodine in the diet will affect thyroid function. There are only a handful of choices when it comes to thyroid products and virtually all of them contain the typical ingredients as listed above, provided as a formula product. As is usually the case there are a few that include the thermogenic ingredients such as caffeine so be sure to read each label to completely understand what you are buying. While I highly recommend thermogenics some people just can't tolerate the caffeine they contain. You can buy iodine by itself but I recommend a formula product, as a product containing numerous nutrients will do more for your goal than a product containing just one nutrient. Timing and dosage will vary from product to product, so be sure to read the instructions and follow them for best results.