In this video, Dr. Berg addresses a frequently recurring topic in discussions about diet and health: the impact of cruciferous vegetables on the thyroid gland. He clarifies that the fear of these vegetables causing thyroid problems and leading to the development of goiters is very rare.
It would require consuming large amounts of these vegetables over many years, excluding other foods, to create such a situation.
It is true that some cruciferous vegetables might consume or reduce iodine in the body, which is needed for proper thyroid function. However, one would need to consume these vegetables in very large quantities for this to occur. A moderate intake is not harmful.
Dr. Berg points out that the real cause behind a slow thyroid is often due to an excess of estrogen in the body, whether from pregnancy, environmental factors, overactive ovaries, or fibroids. Therefore, it’s important to consume cruciferous vegetables to balance these estrogen levels.
He also explains that common thyroid issues nowadays are not usually due to a lack of iodine. Taking large amounts of iodine might not bring noticeable change, highlighting the importance of understanding the real causes behind thyroid problems.
Dr. Berg advises the natural consumption of cruciferous vegetables, noting that he includes seaweed in some of his products with these vegetables to ensure the provision of necessary iodine, thus preventing any potential iodine loss due to the cruciferous vegetables.
In conclusion, Dr. Berg reassures that consuming cruciferous vegetables, including the kale shake he recommends, is safe and beneficial. He thanks the viewers and promises more in the next video.