December 24, 2016


Many patients and physicians who practice alternative medicine, consider Dr. John C. Lowe a pioneer in the field of of thyroid disorders. Although his primarily field of study seemed to be fibromyalgia, he held many theories regarding hypothyroidism that many felt aligned with their values. According to this article, and many others on the web, Lowe believed that clinical tests that determined the T3, T4, and TSH levels within a patient were often false and could not be reliably trusted. Someone could still have hypothyroidism if there tests came back well within normal ranges. He recommended thyroid hormone therapy to his patients, even if diagnostic tests did not indicate a patient had hypothyroidism. Some of his patients seemed to feel better as a result of this extra thyroid hormone. Lowe believed that all hypothyroidism patients should take thyroid hormone replacement therapy as a cure for their thyroid issues, and according to the website, eventually developed Thyro-Gold, a dietary supplement that contains desiccated thyroid, in order to achieve this.


Thyro-Gold primarily contains thyroid gland powder from bovine in New Zealand along with other secondary ingredients such as 100 mg of L-Aspartic acid, 25 mg of 10% Extract of Coleus Forskohlii, and Glyceryl Behenate. The secondary ingredients of Thyro-Gold’s formula have been shown in scientific studies to have little benefits for the thyroid itself. Rather Thyro-Gold uses these as the frame for its vegetable capsule. One of them is also used as an herb powder although it is not as effective as some of the other more popular herbs such as Bladderwrack, or Cayenne Pepper. Studies, in particular, have shown the benefits of Ashwagandha for the thyroid. It is a bit surprising that Thyro-Gold does not include it in their formula.

The main ingredient, the thyroid extract, is touted as the best and most advantageous element for the thyroid, but many experts disagree with this statement. They caution against the use of thyroid extracts in supplements as dietary supplements are unregulated. Each capsule can contain any amount of thyroid hormones. One capsule may contain any range of T3 or T4 hormones, or possibly even nothing at all. If this capsule was produced by a regulated pharmaceutical company or obtained through a prescription, it would list the exact amount of hormone in each pill. However, as mentioned before, the unregulated nature of supplements makes the exact amount known.

This is the primarily safety aspect to be concerned with, with extracted thyroid hormones. If you accidentally take too much, you can experience many unpleasant symptoms such as high blood pressure, anxiety, sleeplessness, and increased heart rate. We would at least recommend talking to your doctor before deciding to take these supplements.

Another safety risk to consider is that extracted Thyroid Glands from bovine is Mad Cow Disease, which can be fatal to humans. While it is certainly rare for Mad Cow Disease to occur in New Zealand, as Thyro-Gold’s website so often says, it has occurred before contrary to what the website states. Mad Cow Disease and its variants are much greater risks in countries such as the United Kingdom, so it is safer that Thyro-Gold is sourced from New Zealand, but the risk is still there.

Company Practices

Thyro-Gold and its parent website has a lot of information about thyroid conditions and potential ways to alleviate the symptoms. Some of the information I have read so far looks good but there is some that is based on the theories of one man and not exactly supported by the major scientific community yet. Some of this information is regarded as pseudo-science from many scientists and experts. Furthermore there is no money-back guarantee. If this product does not work for you, it is likely you will not be able to get your money back.

We do like how Thyro-Gold’s website is made and is not bombarding you with marketing terms and stock images. The website has a personal touch to it. On the contrary, it does seem a bit outdated and could use a few improvements.


Thyro-Gold has the potential to boost T3 or T4 levels within your body. Since this is a dietary supplement, however, the exact amount of hormone in each capsule is unknown and unregulated. You will have to do a significant amount of experimenting to find the optimal dosage for your specific conditions. Some may need to take as many as 6 capsules a day.

Once you do find the right dosage, the additional intake of T3 or T4 hormones within each capsule may help your underactive thyroid but at most will just mask the real symptoms underneath. Many underactive thyroid users suffer from a lack of specific minerals, herbs, and amino acids. Thyro-Gold will do little to help you in this regard.


Thyro-Gold starts at $32.94 for one bottle without including shipping and handling costs. With all of these added together, the price you are looking at is at least $38. There is a slight discount for multiple bottles but this still makes it the most expensive thyroid supplement we have reviewed thus far.

Wrap Up


  • 5.5/10
  • 8/10
    Company Practices
  • 6.5/10
  • 7/10
    Side Effects
  • 7/10


  • May work for some
  • Contains an herb


  • No Iodine
  • No Money Back guarantee
  • Lacking Vitamins and Minerals
  • Contains Desiccated Thyroid


  • Dawn March 11, 2017 at 12:14 am

    I don’t like it at all. I take it and it makes me feel kinda crappy. No energy, arms feel weak. I have e-mailed this company and they haven’t even bothered to return a response. The first email I sent about taking proper dosage was answered immediately, but when I wanted to get my money back…. it’s like they fell off the face of the planet. No responses whatsoever. I don’t trust this company at all. I think they are a little shady. I give them no stars!!!!!!

    • Paula August 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Maybe because they only return unopened items and they say that on their website.

  • Kellie R. May 19, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I love it!I have taken it on and off for several years!Its worth checking out. I found it on the website Stop the Thyroid Madness.

    • Alana June 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      I also was taking Thyroid Gold, but In December 2016 it just stopped working for me. I called to ask if anything had changed and they say no. Was wondering if you have noticed any difference in it’s effectiveness. Thank you for any information, as I’m miserable.

      • phoenix23002 July 30, 2017 at 10:32 am

        You could have reverse T 3 going on. This is where you are taking enough thyroid medication but… it just isn’t getting into your cells. There is a R T 3 blood test that will tell you if this is the case. The ‘cure’? Drop your NDT dosage down to 1 – 1.5 mgs daily with some T 3 or take T 3 only for approx. 12 weeks. At that time test for R T 3 again. It should have dropped and you can then resume dosing up (slowly but not too slow) your thyroid meds. You do need to correct whatever caused the R T 3 condition in the first place or it will return. Some causes… low B 12, D 3, iron or stressed adrenals. It is always a good idea to be working with your doc (even if he/she has no clue about thyroid conditions) for blood tests at the very least. Most of us find that it takes some tweaking to find that ‘sweet spot’ when it comes to dosing. You don’t want to go over but you don’t want to stay under medicated for too long either. This is where your doc can be helpful.. running tests every few months until you have found your optimal dosage.

  • Lorraine August 2, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    I have been using it for some years and love it. My double chin is gone and I feel so incredibly good. I was looking for something besides pig for my thyroid and this is wonderful. Love this product. The price was a bit more than Armour, but I can order it myself and have 3 months + supply.

  • Susan October 16, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I have been on 88 mcg levothyrocine for underactive thyroid for 7 yrs … I can’t seem to lose weight I’m always tired they always tell me that my dosage is correct… family doctor…. I have high blood pressure on meds for that…. is it safe to quit my current medication and to start taking your product ???

  • Pamela October 22, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I have been on 50mg Synthroid for years now for hypothyroidism….and still; always tired, could not lose weight, In fact, I eat half of what I used to and still weigh the same after a year.
    Then last month my doctor told me I have high blood pressure. So I started reading about that; I read that the thyroid could actually cause high blood pressure.
    My doctor does not even test T3 and when I asked her if we should; she just brushed it off and said ‘oh, that’s too hard to test” And here is the strange thing, when I went to a walk-in clinic on a Sunday for a hand accident they tested my BP and said I do ‘not’ have high blood pressure.
    Anyway, I took the Thyro-Gold and after awhile noticed I did lose some belly fat and my hair started looking a little better. I am not telling my doctor that I am taking the TG and I am alternating days with the Synthroid. I will see what the bloodwork says in a few months. I am going by how I feel. And the blood pressure medicine made me feel so terrible I called the pharmacist to make sure I got the right thing. I am no spring chicken and I have learned one thing over the years…(doctor’s do not know everything)…they only see us like what 15 minutes two times a year; then on top of that the medical profession is controlled by the government so they are limited there. I can tell you one thing I am thrilled to have this alternative to even try. I finally learned to listen to my own body that I live in everyday and a body that I know how I feel.

  • Pamela October 22, 2017 at 8:15 am

    PAMELA (50mcg) not 50 mg. Please give us an edit link.

  • Pamela November 10, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Can you please give me the link to re-purchase the Thyro-Gold supplement.

  • Leah November 24, 2017 at 9:44 am



    I’m not affiliated with this company at all but here is where to go to purchase the Thyro-Gold:

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