Goitrogen means something is interfering with the functioning of the thyroid. Goitrogenic vegetables include; cauliflower, kale and broccoli, that are also cruciferous.
During the earlier days, 50-100 years ago, hypothyroidism was caused by iron deficiency that was believed to have been caused by Brassica vegetables e.g. kale and cabbage that prevented entry of iodine into the thyroid gland. At that time the remedy was quite simple since the cause was already addressed, all one needed to form their thyroid hormones was tyrosine and iodine.
The solution was discovered fast enough by scientists and public health officials, which was putting iodine into salt, a measure that greatly reduced the number of people suffering from hypothyroidism. After that, Hashimotos’ rates went up and it became the leading cause for hypothyroidism. Yes, addition of iodine to salt reduced cases of hypothyroidism due to lack of enough iodine; what they did not know it heightened other hypothyroidism causes.
This is because iodine has a thin beneficial index nutrient. Too little of it could lead to issues with your thyroid, so is too much of it.
Studies have been done over the years in countries that recently added iodine to salt such as some countries in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The results showed that hypothyroidism caused by iodine deficiency greatly reduced but Hashimotos’ cases were reported and have been on the rise since then.
If one previously suffered from hypothyroidism due to iodine deficiency then they could use some Brassica vegetables that will prevent their body from in taking iodine from food. With Hashimotos’, the situation is quite opposite since it is found to be as a result of excess iodine.
Generally vegetables have been considered an important part of human diets. Vegetables have detoxifying properties. It is worth noting that inorganic vegetables contain toxins and pesticides so one might want to stick to organic. Soy should however be avoided since it increases the thyroid antibodies.