Thyroid Superfood Kills Stress and Boosts T3

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You’ve seen the ads before, right?

Ads that promise unparalleled health benefits from a newly discovered “superfood” that only grows in the most remote place of the world.

And now for the first time ever… you can use the extract of this superfood that has helped a society of hermit monks to live hundreds of years without any signs of cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.

While I won’t deny the fact that many foods contain special molecules known to help protect against disease…

…most superfoods are not all that special or unattainable.

Most are right in front of your face and you don’t even know it.

And the thyroid superfood I’m about to share with you is one of them.

It’s something I learned from Dr. Raymond Peat and have been using with my clients ever since.

This thyroid superfood works to improve your thyroid health by killing the Thyroid-Adrenal Stress Cycle that’s ruining your thyroid health.

And a special compound it contains has been shown to help protect against a number of chronic health conditions including…

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Endotoxin
  • Inflammation
  • And more…

Given all of these benefits, it begs to question…

…why do so many people go out of their way to avoid this superfood?

I’ll tell you exactly what this superfood is in just a second.

First, let’s take a look at why it’s so good for your thyroid.

How This Thyroid Superfood Kills the Thyroid-Adrenal Stress Cycle and Boosts T3

One of the biggest problems driving your hypothyroidism is what we call the Thyroid-Adrenal Stress Cycle.

It’s a vicious cycle where the more hypothyroid you become, the more you become dependent on stress hormones, while these same stress hormones further suppress your thyroid.

This creates a feedback cycle that can trap you in an endless hypothyroid state…

(Note: This is the primary factor that drives adrenal problems as I discuss in detail in this article on “Why Treating Adrenal Fatigue Is Ruining Your Thyroid.)”

This has everything to do with your ability to regulate your blood sugar (or lack thereof).

When you become hypothyroid you lose the ability to regulate your blood sugar.

Your liver requires thyroid hormone (T3) to store sugar in the form of glycogen which acts like a blood sugar fuel tank.

As your body (predominantly your brain) uses the sugar in your blood to produce energy every single second of the day…

…you depend on your fuel tank (your liver) to release that stored sugar to prevent your blood sugar from dropping too low.

But for hypothyroidism sufferers, there’s simply no fuel in your tank to stop this, thereby allowing your blood sugar to drop too low.

And it’s primarily this continuous cycle of low blood sugar that drives this Thyroid-Adrenal Stress Cycle

…and ultimate traps you in that endless hypothyroid state.


This chronic cycling of stress hormones is also responsible for blocking your liver from converting inactive thyroid hormone (T4) into activate thyroid (T3).

(Note: And it’s this chronic cycling of stress hormones that can also lead to diabetes as discussed in detail in this article “Hypothyroidism and Diabetes: How to Reverse It and Why Sugar Is NOT the Problem”).

So, what do you do when your fuel tank is empty and you can’t store fuel, and you can’t convert thyroid hormone?

The good news is that this thyroid superfood helps break this Thyroid-Adrenal Stress Cycle by helping your liver to store more sugar and preventing this continuous struggle with falling blood sugar.

In other words, we use it to help do the job your liver is supposed to be doing while your thyroid and liver heal.

And by breaking this Thyroid-Adrenal Stress Cycle it also helps to lower stress hormones which unblocks your conversion of thyroid hormone and boosts your T3.

However, many thyroid sufferers today are turning to illogical and dangerous methods for regulating blood sugar which only drives your Thyroid-Adrenal Stress Cycle even harder.

High Protein / Low-Carb Blood Sugar Disaster

Many practitioners and “experts” are recommending the use of more protein to regulate your blood sugar, and oftentimes a high-protein low-carb type diet.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but… this simply doesn’t work.

Protein doesn’t help your liver store fuel.

In fact it does the opposite…

“Since insulin lowers blood sugar as it disposes of amino acids, eating a large amount of protein without carbohydrate can cause a sharp decrease in blood sugar.”

– Dr. Raymond Peat

In other words, eating protein alone (without carbohydrates) simply…

  1. Drives your blood sugar lower…
  2. Forcing your body to over-produce more stress hormones…
  3. And promotes insulin resistance which blocks your cells from using sugar.

Yes, these stress hormones will convert protein into sugar to bring your blood sugar back up.

That’s their primary purpose.

But they also suppress your thyroid by preventing your liver from converting T4 into T3.

And, by making you more insulin resistant, they block your cells ability to use blood sugar.

So, while you might think this is solving the problem, it’s actually making it worse.

And that’s what makes this thyroid superfood so effective.

How This Superfood Protects Against Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, and More.

This thyroid superfood also has a number of other health benefits that extend far beyond protecting against stress and boosting T3.

It contains a special molecule called Naringenin, which is currently being studied for its protective effects against inflammation and various types of diseases.

It’s been shown to be protective against cancer, including malignant melanoma

[See Study Here], lung cancer, and prostate cancer [See Study Here].

Studies have also shown it to be protective against heart disease by increasing blood flow, preventing clotting, protecting against oxidative damage, and reduces blood pressure [See Study Here].

It’s been shown to improved cognitive function and protect against Alzheimer’s disease [See Study Here].

It’s been shown to protect against diabetes by significantly lowering fasting blood sugar and restoring insulin levels [See Study Here], as well as preventing the inflammatory effects of high blood sugar [See Study Here].

What Is This Thyroid Superfood?

As I mentioned, this superfood is widely available (although under-utilized today).

Yet, it doesn’t come close to getting the attention it deserves.

And its protective effects with diabetes are interesting because most diabetics are scared to even touch it (even though it has been shown to be an ideal food for diabetics).

This thyroid superfood is none other than… orange juice.


Pulp-free and not from concentrate is best because the pulp cellulose can contribute to bacterial issues in the gut.

It’s something I use effectively with all of my clients.

Find orange juice too acidic?

Just add a pinch of baking soda to neutralize the acidity.

While fresh squeezed oranges aren’t very acidic, store bought juices oftentimes use unripe oranges that are more acidic.

And over the years, I’ve had maybe three clients who couldn’t use orange juice, in which case we use the next best option, cherry juice.

Try sipping on small amounts of orange juice slowly throughout the day.

And for an even greater therapeutic effect, add a little salt.

Using orange juice properly can have a huge impact on your thyroid health.

But combining it with other thyroid-boosting foods can have an exponential effect.

And that’s something I show you how to do in our 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol.

If you’re not using this daily protocol then download it right now and get started today. See for yourself the difference it can make while feeling calm, clear, and full of energy.


Click here to download the 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol for free right now.

About the Author:

Tom Brimeyer is the founder of Forefront Health and the creator of the popular Hypothyroidism Revolution program series. Specializing in thyroid and metabolism disorders, Tom's work has impacted over 50,000 people spanning more than 60 countries. Tom is also a highly sought after practitioner who runs a successful health consulting practice where he continues to help clients across the globe to take back control of their lives from their devastating health conditions.


  1. Louise Dunn April 21, 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply

    I am really feeling the benefits of superfood orange juice! And a little bit before bed helps me fall asleep instead of lying awake for ages. Tastes great too – added bonus!!

    • Tom Brimeyer April 21, 2016 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Hi Louise, it’s working like it should so that’s great to hear.

      • Shaneez Ishwar May 29, 2016 at 11:58 am - Reply

        Hi Tom
        my blood results are as follows:
        TSH =1.86
        T4 =12.6
        T3 = 4.6
        Ferritin =110
        anti TG antibody = 19.07
        anti TPO antibody= 0.69
        ALT= 269
        AST= 105
        fasting glucsoe= 4.3
        I was on a low carb, high fat diet and continuously put on weight 🙁
        I started with your weekly diet plan and I have already lost a kg so my question is HOW MUCH ORANGE JUICE AM I ALLOWED TO DRINK IN A DAY?
        Thanks for all the great articles Tom.

  2. Rachel Butler April 21, 2016 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Thank YOU So Much for THIS Information!! I could not have done this ON My own! It works SO good….I am telling everyone I know. It truly is such a MYTH that O.J. is bad for Diabetics!! I KNOW this saved MY LIFE. I was so HYPOTHYROID and doctors said YOUR #’s are FINE. I don’t have a THYROID….So I was on medication and MADE my Doctors TRY every kind of drug out on the market. NONE WORKED Only 1 Day on OJ and I was SO SO SO MUCH Better!!! I CAN”T say it ENOUGH!! THIS WORK’s!! and I thank Jehovah GOD for YOU and I now able to DO SO Much MORE for him!! THANK YOU TOM

    • Tom Brimeyer April 21, 2016 at 8:38 am - Reply

      Hi Rachel, you’re welcome!

    • Janet Kaye April 29, 2016 at 10:38 am - Reply

      Rachel, I too am Jehovah’s witness and want to be able to do more in his service. I have been taking desiccated thyroid hormone, but started looking for something else I would feel more comfortable with. I have only started the reading process with this program, so I have hopes of many improvements with all my health issues. Would you mind contacting me? It would be encouraging to hear about your path to improvement. Thanks,

      • Linda May 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

        Hi Janet I too am on of Jehovah’s Witnesses and would love to hear from both of you, I am also a nurse working three shifts a week and out in the service as much as I am able at the moment I am ill with some type of flue I have hashimoto throiditis. Love to hear from both Rachel and you as to how you have overcome this issue of thyroid and weightgain Kind sisterly Love Linda

    • Aracelis Gonzalez May 30, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Rachael, I am also a sister and I just downloaded some of the program. It’s encouraging to know it has help you. Feel positive about it now. Thanks for sharing

  3. heather April 21, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

    i have such a hard time believing this could work but i will give it a try.

    • Tom Brimeyer April 21, 2016 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Hi Heather, there are a lot of people who have and couldn’t be happier. See some of the comments left here.

  4. Cindy April 21, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Love it Tom! (Except the part where you say “your” hypothyroidism – I don’t want it and it’s definitely not mine!?). Tim’s latest labs just came in and His TSH is down to 2.1 (it was up to 18+ When this ordeal started!, So thank the good Lord and you – He’s been doing your plan, along with some juicing for detox, and a few rounds of Whole 30, with the exception of raw milk and organic, pulp free OJ, for the past year and a half, a gradual build) and he’s back to his energetic, athletic, vibrant self and we are so grateful to you for sharing the plan and showing the way! He enjoys the OJ best of all!?

  5. Robyn April 21, 2016 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Hi there,

    I’ve had a full thyroidectomy and I’m currently taking desiccated thyroid each day. Can I benefit from these super foods without having a natural thyroid? Can they improve the function of my medication?

    So much of the research that I’ve seen on thyroid applies to those who have one that is dysfunctional and either hyper or hypo. There seems to be little to suggest what could work for those of us without one altogether.

    Thanks kindly,

    • Tom Brimeyer April 21, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Hi Robyn, the short answer is yes, everything we teach still applies 100%. The only difference is that you will need to supplement thyroid hormone to the degree that you cannot produce it. However, it’s important to understand that just because you take thyroid hormone doesn’t mean that the hormone is getting to your cells. Thyroid hormone can get blocked many places along this pathway. For example, most hypothyroid people can’t convert inactive T4 thyroid hormone to active T3 thyroid hormone that your cells need. Thyroid hormone can also get blocked in the bloodstream, at the cell receptor, etc.

      You can supplement all of the thyroid hormone you want but if you can’t get the hormone to your cells then you will still be hypothyroid.

      We focus on all facets of the thyroid. You can learn a little more about this here:

      I’ve also written more about RAI and thyroidectomy here:

  6. Diane Brewster April 21, 2016 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    I notice that a lot of the foods you recommend use dairy. I have dairy allergies and am wondering if I would get the same benefits by using goat milk kefir instead of cow’s milk. Any feedback you have on that is most appreciated!

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  8. Andree brown April 21, 2016 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    How much orange juice should you drink a day?

  9. Diane Archer April 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tip about adding a pinch of baking soda. I love orange juice, but I do have an acidic reaction after drinking it. Will try it again!

  10. maureen April 21, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I was using this as you directed till I read how manufacturers use a deaeration or heating process to remove the oxygen as the juice is stored in large vats for up to a year, then `flavor packets` are added containing a chemical called ethyl butyrate to make it taste like oj again .. not exactly a healthy choice unless you are making fresh squeezed juice !

  11. Catherine April 21, 2016 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    I never thought I would like the salt in the OJ. I used very little salt in my cooking, just some. I actually have found that now I’m spoiled to how great it tastes and I don’t want my OJ withOUT the salt! It’s delicious!!

    This whole thing has changed my life. It’s slow and I’m not where I want to be yet, but it’s a huge improvement over where I was before I started following your instructions.

    Thank you. Thank you for doing the research, being a writer who I can understand, being specific and thorough in your instructions, and making it available to me for a price I can afford.

    Thank you, Catherine

    • Tom Brimeyer April 21, 2016 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Catherine, I’m happy to hear that!

  12. Jula April 22, 2016 at 12:58 am - Reply

    I have stomach pain when drinking fresh homemade orange juice.

    • Tom Brimeyer April 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Jula, as mentioned try adding a pinch of baking soda and that can help. The flavonoid naringenin discussed here as well has been shown to help with heal ulcers as well.

  13. Usha April 23, 2016 at 6:41 am - Reply

    Will the sugar in the orange juice have any effect on prediabetics ?

    • Tom Brimeyer April 25, 2016 at 7:04 am - Reply

      Hi Usha, as mentioned in the article, it’s been shown to be beneficial and protective for diabetics which would include prediabetics as well.

  14. Amber April 23, 2016 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Can just eating an orange do the same thing or do you have to squeeze the juice?

    • Tom Brimeyer April 25, 2016 at 7:03 am - Reply

      Hi Amber, thyroid sufferers have issues with bacterial overgrowth which can feed on the fiber. So, we use the juice.

  15. Sharon De Bruyn April 24, 2016 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    I was very interested to read about yoghurt and kefir being a burden on the liver. Having had GERT for years along with Hashimotos, I have been encouraged by professionals to go low moderated starch, grain free, diary free, caffeine free to stop irritating my gut and to heal it with fermented products like sauerkraut, kefir etc etc. I find tho that these fermented products irritate me more than help.

    I was raised on plenty of milk and love it and have been off it for years supposedly for better health. Now I am osteopenic so am back on the milk again. I have been having milk kefir tho will stop that now after reading the above. When I buy cottage cheese, all I can find is the 97% fat free type. Is that ok or should I be looking for the full fat version?

    I never could drink orange juice without it burning, however, the addition of the Bicarb and salt has changed that, thank you.

    My doc would like me to lose some weight, is that possible eating with your plan? I do walk an hour each day and also do crossfit a few times a week. I get tired early at night and fall asleep while watching TV. Taking weight off when I was young was easy, now I don’t find it that way. Any tips would be appreciated. Thank you 🙂

  16. Yaz April 25, 2016 at 2:44 am - Reply

    What about all the sugar content of orange juice? One cup could have 21 grams. And the fructose? Isn’t that less ideal to manage blood sugar levels? I am having a hard time believing this information.

    • Tom Brimeyer April 25, 2016 at 7:10 am - Reply

      Hi Yaz, quite the contrary. Fructose (not high-fructose corn syrup) can be metabolized without insulin and has been shown to improve glucose utilization in type 2 diabetics. It’s ideal for regulating blood sugar.

  17. Holly April 27, 2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Hi, what kind of salt should we be using? I have been using pink Himalayan salt and stopped using regular table salt. But now I don’t know if this is good. Thank you so much for your research on this autoimmune sickness . It is def needed.

    • Tom Brimeyer April 28, 2016 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      Hi Holly, What I recommend is the canning and pickling salt because it’s pure salt without any additives, iodine, or harmful ingredients. I don’t recommend pink Himalayan salt because it contains metals that are toxic and other components that can irritate the digestive tract.

  18. Jaki May 3, 2016 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    What happens if you are allergic to orange juice? Is there another type of juice that would work just as well? My mother is allergic to oranges and orange juice but not lemons, limes or grapefruit strangely enough.

    • Tom Brimeyer May 4, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

      Hi Jacki, the next best option would be cherry juice.

  19. CJ Strehle May 19, 2016 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I cannot stomach coffee….believe me, I have tried. Just don’t like it! Can I drink hot chocolate or chocolate milk for the same result? I eat carrots, orange juice and avoid cruciferous vegetables, and have noticed some difference in my health. I still have to take Armour, stil have heart murmurs( or palpatations, I guess) but am starting to feel quite a bit better….thanks, Tom.

    • Tom Brimeyer May 19, 2016 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      Hi CJ, unfortunately those won’t act as a direct replacement.

  20. rosanna May 21, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I have food allergies, all dairy, egg, pineapple, green beans, tuna. What can i do instead.

  21. lucinda parmenter May 28, 2016 at 7:22 am - Reply

    I have been told to eat lots of protein, good fats and veggies. I have Hashi’s and low adrenal function and have blood sugar issues. I was able to get my blood sugar down to 98 but with limited fruit. Your diet makes sense to me but when I tried it, my blood sugar went up to 128 in3 weeks so I got scared and stopped. I’ve been dealing with these issues for YEARS and so want to get better. Any suggestions? If I start up again, will it eventually even out? Hate the high blood sugar!

  22. Sandy Taylor June 5, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    I have been following Tom’s program for about 8 or 9 months now and it has been life changing for me. I can live again.Thank you Tom for all your knowledge that she have shared.

    Tom my LDL has increased what do you suggested food wise that will help me too lower.

    • Tom Brimeyer June 6, 2016 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Sandy, based on research studies ideal cholesterol is 220, with an ideal range being 200 to 240. So, oftentimes trying to lower it will only further inhibit thyroid function.

  23. Jenn June 23, 2016 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Tom. Appreciate all your great work. I’m surprised to hear about the Himalayan Sea Salt having toxins. How about Grey Sea Salt? My Ayurvedic practitioner recommended I take that daily, so I’ve been enjoying that in my health regimen for a couple years now. Additionally, my fiancé and I are researching foods and the glycemic index/load as I’ve been dealing with having to heal from Candida overgrowth. How should I properly take the OJ, as in what is your recommended quantity and frequency? I need to be extra cautious at the time being so as not to create a reoccurring bloom with the candida, as I was having pretty bad symptoms. Don’t want to get back to that again. Thanks much. Really appreciate you and all your work. -Jenn

  24. JenE July 30, 2016 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Tom, I discovered you and your work a couple of weeks ago and purchased the Hypothyroid Revolution and am on the program. Not ‘fully’ on the program yet but getting there. I have been doing the Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol now for coming up on 1 1/2 weeks and my life has changed for the better. Thank you SO much. I love your articles and I love the comments. I am learning SO much and feel like ……………. finally at 53 that I understand my body and its needs (I suspect I have been hypothyroid most of my life) and can finally take control. I have lost 6 pounds and it just falls off. I have more energy, I am calmer (most likely because I was running on adrenaline for SO long) and I finally have hope for the future. Thank you for what you do and keep doing it. Namaste.

    • Tom Brimeyer August 1, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Hi JenE, that’s great to here and thank you for helping to show others what is possible. Looking forward to hearing about your continued success with the HR Program.

  25. Sandy Taylor July 30, 2016 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    I take a small amount of orange juice with a little salt added to bed each night at it really helps. I sometimes wake up for no reason wide awake like my energy just kicked in. I take very small sips of the OJ and I am able to go back to sleep. I am using Simply Orange juice that is the best I can find around the stores where I live.

    I have been taking Niacin to help lower my LDL a little bit is that ok for my thyroid? Also sometimes I think the Niacin makes me itchy! Thanks for all you do!

  26. Valerie Galdieri August 3, 2016 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Hi Tom-

    I signed up the 7-day meal plan at the beginning of the week. So far, I am feeling pretty good on the protocol, but I have noticed some edema from all the salt (?). The obvious answer would be to reduce the amount of salt I’m consuming, but I wanted to get your advice on the matter before I did that.

    Thanks so much!


    • Tom Brimeyer August 4, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Valerie, hypothyroidism sufferers waste sodium very quickly. So, it’s important to get adequate sodium through your diet. If salt intake increases quickly, it can cause a little edema initially. But only over the short term as the body will regulate sodium levels within a week or two. Hope this helps and happy to hear that you’re feeling better.

  27. Angela Graves December 3, 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Tom,

    I am fortunate to have orange trees on my property! I was wondering if it would be alright to eat oranges that have been peeled with pulp and membrane removed (so it’s basically just the little pieces of the fruit remaining)? Would it still need to be just the juice? (With the salt, of course.)

    • Tom Brimeyer December 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Angela, fresh squeezed orange juice is always best. But it’s important to remove as much of the pulp/fiber as possible.

  28. Jessica Mills September 28, 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Is there a brand you suggest?! Or ones to avoid?

  29. Terri March 14, 2019 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Hi Tom. I have been on your program for over a year now. I want to address those who cannot believe the info you are giving us. I too was there, eating all the other “hypothyroid experts” told us to eat. Tom is so right about it hurting your liver. I became so hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) that I personally contacted all of those I was following. Each told me I was getting too much sugar and believe me, I wasn’t consuming any type of sugar or fruit. I was so bad I was passing out and brain fog I couldn’t deal with. I was up eating “fats” 2-3 times a night trying to survive. So being at rock bottom made me look past what I couldn’t believe Tom was saying and I went full on with his program. I had to learn to digest dairy and coffee. But it all worked! I can think. I am at ideal weight. I can sleep all night. My stomach doesn’t hurt. I feel good. Please know Tom will help you. Thank you Tom.

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