I feel it is very important that I consume dark greens (I drink two smoothies of bananas, water and about 100g of dark green leaves daily) but am worried because all of them seem to be goitrogens.
What would be the best dark green leaves to eat? Are there ones which are NOT goitrogens at all? Which are the least?
Virtually any plant we eat technically can be considered goitrogenic since virtually every plant we eat contains compounds that can suppress the thyroid such as phytoestrogens. But many of these plants also contain other compounds that also support the thyroid. For example, seaweeds contain phytoestrogens that have a weak goitrogenic effect, but they also contain iodine that counters the goitrogenic effect.
There are very few plants though we eat where the goitrogenic effect is sufficient to cause issues. These include plants in the cabbage family that are raw, raw or unfermented soy, lemon balm and flax seed.
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