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Posted by: Annemarie | 2011/02/04

kelp / chromium / coffee

Morning doc Ingrid

1) Is it a good diet option to change to de caf coffee. Or is coffee coffee?

2) I have a friend with an underactive thyroid. Will she benefit by using Kelp suppliment?

3) I heard that Chromium picolonate will assist with sweet and carb cravings. And that it assist with bloodsuger levels. Is this true? Can i use it with Glucophage?

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Dear Annemarie
Thank you for your compliment. To answer your questions: 1) Changing from standard coffee to decaff coffee is an individual decision. Standard coffee is not regarded as unhealthy and there is even some evidence that moderate intakes (about 4 cups a day) can counteract the development of diabetes. Excessive intake of coffee can lead to an excessive intake of caffeine which is a stimulant and can cause insomnia, shakiness, irritability, etc. So moderation is once again the key. 2) If your friend suffers from underactive thyroid because she has what is called a 'goitre' (enlargement of the thyroid because of a lack of iodine in her diet), then taking kelp or using iodated table salt should help. If she has hypothyroidism because of other causes (nodules, auto-immune disease) then taking kelp can make the condition worse. She should discuss the use of any medications, including homeopathic ones, with the dr who is treating her condition. 3) Some research has shown that chromium can help for sugar cravings and assist diabetics. However it should be kept in mind that chromium is a heavy metal which can cause a toxic buildup in the body, so one should not take more than 200 microgram of chromium per day. Research in the UK has also indicated that the use of chromium picolinate is less safe than using chromium polynicotate (also only use a max of 200 microgram per day - more is not better!).
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011/02/04

Dear Annemarie
Thank you for your compliment. To answer your questions: 1) Changing from standard coffee to decaff coffee is an individual decision. Standard coffee is not regarded as unhealthy and there is even some evidence that moderate intakes (about 4 cups a day) can counteract the development of diabetes. Excessive intake of coffee can lead to an excessive intake of caffeine which is a stimulant and can cause insomnia, shakiness, irritability, etc. So moderation is once again the key. 2) If your friend suffers from underactive thyroid because she has what is called a 'goitre' (enlargement of the thyroid because of a lack of iodine in her diet), then taking kelp or using iodated table salt should help. If she has hypothyroidism because of other causes (nodules, auto-immune disease) then taking kelp can make the condition worse. She should discuss the use of any medications, including homeopathic ones, with the dr who is treating her condition. 3) Some research has shown that chromium can help for sugar cravings and assist diabetics. However it should be kept in mind that chromium is a heavy metal which can cause a toxic buildup in the body, so one should not take more than 200 microgram of chromium per day. Research in the UK has also indicated that the use of chromium picolinate is less safe than using chromium polynicotate (also only use a max of 200 microgram per day - more is not better!).
Best regards
DietDoc

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