There is a war on the Internet: which hormone medication is better to take if you suffer from hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s? Synthetic Levothyroxine (Names: Synthroid, Tirosint, Levoxyl, Levothroid, Unithroid, and Novothyrox) which has T4 hormone only or Natural hormones containing blend of T3, T4, T1 and T2 (Calcitonin if it is Nature-Throid). Natural hormones, animal-derived, are suppose to be more like human hormones. (Names: Nature-throid, Armour). Which medication to choose?
In general, conventional doctors usually prescribe synthetic hormones. Especially in Poland, where I am originally from, there’s no really access to natural – derived meds. For that reason I was on levothyroxine for over 4 years, but I did not feel better at all. My TSH levels came back to normal, but after some time went back to high (!). I also became gluten intolerant (or at least started having bad sides effects) and at the end, I’ve lost some weight which in my case is like a suicide. I also felt sleepy and cold (in the summer in… Texas!?), especially my hands and feet. I went to a doctor and got Nature-Throid prescribed.
Is it better?
I would say that everything what is natural is better, at least because you put less chemicals to your body which is important to me. Why? Because I do not believe in everything I am told by a doctor (no offends, but some doctors can only prescribe tones of meds, which may actually make your liver overloaded). The same story with taking supplements: be careful, most of the time those available in your grocery store won’t make you feel better – if you do not know REAL daily VALUES of all vitamins/minerals you should be taking, you’re actually playing Russian Roulette. Values depend on your age, weight, and most importantly on significant deficiencies of a given mineral/vitamin/element you have.
Nature-throid general impressions
no stomachache, no bloating – I was able to start eating SOME gluten again (some means here NOT consuming crazy amounts of bread to see your reaction, but that OCCASIONALLY you can have some cookies or pizza etc. if you’ve been gluten intolerant earlier)
no more such often migraines – which was happening sometimes on synthetic levo
no weight loss (in my case – on levo I started to lose weight a bit too much)
Cons: I actually did not notice except hair loss BUT I’ve started taking vit B & folic acid which I had deficiency according to my doctor, and hair are getting better, so it may have been for THIS reason – I cannot blame it on nature-throid meds
I’ve been on 50-75mcg levothyroxine, on Nature-throid only 48mcg is already enough for me. My numbers came back to normal (on levo TSH was over 5.5, now 2 months on Nature-throid, TSH is around 1,8!)
To sum up, I feel better and not planning to switch back to synthetic levothyroxine for now. If you would like to try natural hormones, but you are afraid fore some reason, read more here or here. It depends on what you’re expecting from your meds; just changing the numbers or treating your thyroid. Of course healthy life style and diet mean a lot, so do not forget to eat more veggies, and less processed foods – which is a challenge nowadays I know, but it is possible. 🙂