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Green Tea and Synthroid
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Green Tea and Synthroid

I am a two time cancer survior, Non-Hodgekins Lumphoma at 27, and Breast at 45.  I am doing wonderful, but did develop thryoid nodules.  I was put on Synthroid .88 mg 3 years ago and since the nodules have disappeared.  I still remain on Synthroid.  I would like to take Green Tea tablets instead of just drinking the tea randomly.  I never realized the side effects of green tea which I have been drinking a cup a day for years.  If I took Green Tea tablets, once a day, how bad would this effect my thyroid?  As you can well understand, a balancing act in my case is necessary.  I eat well, take a multi-vegetarian ALIVE capule daily.  Please advise.  Thank you.  
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The green tea can be over-stimulating; so can too much thyroid medication.  This is the main possible conflict.  There may be absorption issues that have not been researched.  I have had patients take too much green tea (several servings/day) and not feel well; so in moderation, it is fine - but don't overdo it.
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I have hypthyroid and didnt realize Green Tea had a negative effect on Thyroid...could you please tell me in what way....thank you
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This is what I am trying to get an answer to.  I read on line that there could be adversie side effects, perhaps the caffine or the fluoride that is in the tea.  I have been drinking the tea for years now, a few cups a week, but I want to take the extract daily, as it has proven great for breast cancer surviors.  I'm sure it is a balancing act....I wish the Dr. that reads these postings would answer my question.  Even my own endocrinologist can't answer this question.  
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Sorry for the spellings errors, between clients and writing faster than I should.
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Hi Cass52.....the answer you posted was not about MY question....there must be another person,  maybe another Barbara that asked the question about the tea....hopefully she will read your answer....bye for now.
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