Thyroid Booster Supplements to Increase Fat Loss

June 5th, 2008 by Paul Johnson

The thyroid is one of the most important regulators of your metabolism. It has a role in not only how many calories and fat you burn, but over regulating the rate of protein synthesis. When your thyroid slows down during dieting, it is one cause behind the fat loss plateau. Below is a list of some common thyroid booster supplements found that can help boost your thyroid levels. These would be especially ideal to take to get through a fat loss plateau.

Thyroid boosting supplements

Ephedra / Ephedrine Ephedrine or it's natural herbal supplement form Ephedra, are stimulants and increase your metabolism by stimulating the thyroid. It also plays a important additional role in fat burning, through it's action on beta receptors on fat cells. It does this by increasing adrenaline and nor-adrenaline (called beta agonists because they bind to beta receptors on the fat cells.). Ephedrine also can act like a beta agonist itself. This action on the beta agonists cells leads to increased cAMP production, which increases enzymes that directly cause fat breakdown.

Gugglesterones: This natural extract found from an Indian Tree, shows in studies that it may help increase the conversion of T4 to T3 in the liver and kidneys. T3 is much more potent and is the main form of circulating thyroid.

Forskolin: Derived from the plant Coleus forskohlii, it has been used medicinally for centuries. This supplement isn't talked too much in the bodybuilding community, but it is severely underrated. Studies have shown it plays a direct role in stimulating cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). cAMP as said earlier, is produced after ephedrine stimulates the beta receptors. Stimulating cAMP increases thyroid levels, insuline levels, and fat breakdown in the cell.

Synephrine Similiar to structure as Ephedra, but a weaker stimulant, it can also boost your thyroid and fat breakdown through stimulating the beta receptors.

Caffeine Caffeine is a stimulant and also slows the breakdown of cAMP. By keeping cAMP at high levels, it leads to more direct fat loss and increased thyroid function. It is also breaks down in the liver into a compound that increases the increases the amount of circulating fatty acids in the blood, allowing more fat to be burned for energy. Caffeine by itself according to studies, doesn't seem to be too potent a fat burner for those who ingest it regularly already. It is commonly stacked with Ephedra or Synhephrine, to make the stack more potent because of caffeine's role on cAMP levels.

That was just a list of the most common. There are many other types. Check here for the full list of thyroid boosters on the market today.

  1. Susan on January 29th, 2011

    Hi, I was wondering about your thyroid booster. I had my thyroid out July 2nd 2010. I have been on levothyroxine and I have not seen a change in my weight. I watch what I eat but the weight does not seem to want to come off. I exercise but not every day. I started out slow. I am exercising atleast 3 days a week for about 45min. Is this a product that can help me. I am very frustrated. I had hypothyroidism.