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Goitrogens are substances (whether in drugs, chemicals, or foods) that disrupt the production of thyroid hormones by interfering with iodine uptake in the thyroid gland. This triggers the pituitary to release TSH, which then promotes the growth of thyroid tissue, eventually leading to goiter.

Goitrogenic drugs and chemicals[edit]

Chemicals that have been shown to have goitrogenic effects include:

Goitrogenic foods[edit]

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