What is NOW Foods Thyroid Energy Veg Capsules?
Now Foods Thyroid Energy Veg Capsules are a daily nutritional supplement intended to boost thyroid function. The product markets iodine and tyrosine as its two primary active ingredients, but also includes other minerals and also herbal extracts. The anticipated effect of a thyroid supplement is generally to regulate homeostatic functions including body temperature control, energy, weight gain, mood, and digestion, and nutritional supplements are intended to help users maintain the hormone balance that supports optimal thyroid function.
Now Foods Thyroid Energy Veg Capsules contain the following active ingredients:
- Vitamin B-6 (from Pyridoxine HCl) 2mg
- Folate (as Folic Acid) 400mcg
- Vitamin B-12 (as Methylcobalamin) 60mcg
- Iodine (from Potassium Iodide) 225mcg
- Zinc (from L-OptiZinc) 25mg
- Selenium (from L-Selenomethionine) 50mcg
- Copper (from Copper Amino Acid Chelate) 1mg
- L-Tyrosine (Free-Form) 1g
- Guggul extract (Commiphora mukul) 75mg
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) 50mg
The capsule is composed of the following:
- Cellulose (capsule)
- Cellulose Powder
- Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source)
The product directs users to take two capsules daily in divided doses. The manufacturer’s website makes no mention of whether the product should be taken with food.
The capsules are available on the manufacturer’s website in two sizes: 90 and 180 capsules. At a dosage of two capsules daily, this is either a 45- or 90-day supply. The 45-day supply is listed at $19.99, or $0.44 per capsule. The 90-day supply is slightly cheaper at $35.99, or $0.40 per capsule. We recommend that interested users check if the product is available at their local superstore or pharmacy, or check for purchase online. When we checked Amazon, the 90-tablet bottle was available for $12.73, or $0.11 per tablet, and the 180-tablet bottle was available for $19.50, also $0.11 per tablet. Free same-day shipping was available on Amazon for members.
Possible Side Effects
The product is not recommended for children or women who are pregnant or nursing. The manufacturer’s website instructs users to consult a doctor if they are taking medication or have a medical condition or ulcer. Side effects listed on the manufacturer’s website include mild, transient gastrointestinal upset. The product is also listed to interact with warfarin, thyroid medications, L-dopa, SNRIs, MAO inhibitors, and other mood altering medications. For allergy information, the capsules are marketed on the manufacturer’s website to be free of soy, tree nuts, sugar, GMOs, eggs, dairy, fish, gluten, shellfish, hexane, and they are kosher.
Now Foods Thyroid Energy Veg Capsules do not come with any manufacturer’s commitment or guarantee of any sort.
The Bottom Line
We are impressed by several features of the Now Foods Thyroid Energy Veg Capsules product. It contains many of the ingredients that one would expect from thyroid supplements, containing both mineral supplements and a few herbal remedies. The price listed on Amazon (not on the manufacturer’s website) was similar to products of comparable quality. User reviews on Amazon seem generally positive. When we checked there were nearly 700 reviews, and 50% were 5 stars. Almost two-thirds were 4 or 5 stars. The lack of guarantee is this product’s major downside. We recommend that users compare these ratings, ingredients, and prices against comparable products, and see for themselves whether other products will be generally held to be more effective.