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Guide To The Health Benefits And Concerns About Soybeans

May Affect Thyroid Function

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Though soy is popular for its potential health benefits, there are also several concerns researchers advise individuals to keep in mind. One worry is soybeans may adversely affect thyroid function. In addition, they might interfere with the body's ability to absorb synthetic thyroid hormones. This means if an individual is being treated for hypothyroidism, their treatment may become less effective if you have soy in your diet. There have been some studies regarding the effects of soy foods and isoflavones on thyroid function. 

When healthy individuals added soy to their diets, there was not a measurable adverse effect on thyroid function. This indicates there isn't significant scientific evidence showing soybeans can negatively impact thyroid function in individuals whose thyroids already function properly. However, in patients who already have hypothyroidism, soy might interfere with the body's ability to absorb their medication, which means they might need to use a higher dose of thyroid hormone. With that said, researchers say there's no need for hypothyroid patients to avoid soy foods entirely.

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