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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58

Omega-9 supplementation helps improve symptoms of thyroid disease

1 Nutritional Society, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, China

Date of Web Publication1-Jan-2013

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Kamon Chaiyasit
Nutritional Society, Mahidol University, Bangkok
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2278-019X.105342

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Chaiyasit K, Wiwanitkit V. Omega-9 supplementation helps improve symptoms of thyroid disease. J Med Nutr Nutraceut 2013;2:58

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Chaiyasit K, Wiwanitkit V. Omega-9 supplementation helps improve symptoms of thyroid disease. J Med Nutr Nutraceut [serial online] 2013 [cited 2023 Dec 7];2:58. Available from: http://www.jmnn.org/text.asp?2013/2/1/58/105342


The usefulness of clinical nutritional management for the endocrine disorder is interesting but limited mentioned. Here, the author would like to present a case study on using omega-9 supplementation helps improve symptoms of thyroid disease. The index case is a male patient with hyperthyroidism diagnosed for 2 year and on standard PTU treatment. At present, the thyroid function test was within normal limit but the patient still complained for the palpitation, malaise and fatigue. The use of propanolol (10 mg/day) cannot help improve these subjective symptoms. The patient was consulted to the clinical Dietitian for supplementing management of the symptoms. In this case, the patient was given Clinoleic acid from olive oil (Omega-9) parenteral nutrition 100 ml drip intra venous continuous in 1 hour and the symptoms dramatically improved. However, challenging with usage of vitamin antioxidant supplementation fish oil 1 mg/day, alpha lipoic acid 60 mg/day and diet advise focus in anti-inflammation food source the relapse of symptom occur. In this case, the long term use of omega-9 supplementation is still effective. There is still no problem at follow-up at 3 months. Indeed, there are some recent reports indicating the use of clinical nutritional therapy for help manage the case with thyroid disease. With the basic belief that the oxidative stress can be the cause of subjective complaints in the patient encountering the thyroid disease, the focus of nutritional management is usually counteracting the oxidation. The use of antioxidant supplementation was mentioned for its usefulness in control both biochemical parameters and subjective complaints of the patients.[1],[2] However, the use of vitamin antioxidant is not effective in this case. The use of omega-9 seems to be effective in this case. Indeed, the use of omega-9 is approved for reducing cellular oxidative stress.[3] In general, the food source of omega-9 is olive oil and nut. However, oral supplementation might not be as effective as parental since poorer absorption and bioavailability.

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1.Bacic-Vrca V, Skreb F, Cepelak I, Mayer L, Kusic Z, Petres?B. The effect of antioxidant supplementation on superoxide dismutase activity, Cu and Zn levels, and total antioxidant status in erythrocytes of patients with Graves' disease. Clin Chem Lab Med 2005;43:383-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Baciæ Vrca V, Skreb F, Cepelak I, Mayer L. Supplementation with antioxidants in the treatment of Graves' disease: The effect on the extracellular antioxidative parameters. Acta Pharm 2004;54:79-89.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Hart CM, Gupta MP, Evanoff V. Oleic acid reduces oxidant stress in cultured pulmonary artery endothelial cells. Exp Lung Res 1997;23:405-25.  Back to cited text no. 3


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