How does liver suppress thyroid function?

Discussion in 'Organ Meat' started by j., Feb 3, 2013.

  1. j.

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    Ray Peat says it's not good to eat liver too often (more than 2 times a week, I think) because it suppresses thyroid function. What is it about liver that suppresses thyroid function?
     
  2. charlie

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    I was wondering that too. I assumed it was the amino acids.
     
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    It's the large amount of Vitamin A (retinol) that can suppress the thyroid.

    "Since vitamin A is highly unsaturated, in excess it suppresses the thyroid, so it has to be balanced with the thyroid"

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    "I avoid carotene, because it blocks thyroid and steroid production, and very large, excessive, amounts of vitamin A, retinol, can do the same. I use halibut liver oil-derived vitamin A, or retinyl palmitate."

    From Danny Roddy's: Ray Peat's Brain Post - (ctrl + f "vitamin A")
     
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    I had the impression that liver suppressed thyroid function for another reason. A serving of liver typically has 25,000 IU of vitamin A, and RP mentioned that he took 100,000 IU of vitamin A daily at some point.
     
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    Yes someone asked ray and ray said he thinks there are other things in liver that suppress thyroid besides vitamin A.
     
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