Iodine - Nutrient Spotlight
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Iodine is an essential mineral vital for our health. Unfortunately, the human body is unable to produce iodine. Therefore, we must rely on a diet that includes iodine-rich foods, saltwater & sodium chloride to ensure we get the recommended daily amount. A human body can store about 70% - 80% of iodine in the thyroid gland.
According to studies, the daily recommended amount of iodine for adults is 150 mcg. It's vital that we get the daily recommended amount of iodine because it plays a huge part in regulating various bodily functions. The major function of the mineral is to regulate thyroid hormones. It is also important during pregnancy because it helps in fetal development.
➕ helps reduce the risk of goiter (irregular growth of the thyroid gland)
➕ used to eliminate germs and potential infection from wounds
➕ plays an important role in the brain development of the fetus
➕ boosts energy levels and helps boost metabolic rate
➕ helps protect against the negative effects of radiation
➕ helpful with hair growth
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- The element is used to prevent paint from contamination. It's for this reason that most painters use iodine in paints.
- The name comes from the Greek word 'iodes' which means violet. The colour of iodine vapour is actually violet, something that was first discovered in 1811 but a French chemist.
A deficiency of the mineral is the most common cause of thyroid disease. Severe symptoms include:
- Unexpected weight gain
- Swelling in the neck
- Hair loss
- Fatigue and general tiredness
- Dryness and flaky skin
- Feeling cold
- Memory problems
- Pregnancy complications
- Irregular and heavy periods
Kelp, a specific type of seaweed, is incredibly rich in iodine. Just 1 gram of kelp can contain up to 2,984 mcg!
Consuming kelp supplements or seaweed daily can cause you to ingest too much iodine. While this is well-tolerated for the majority of people, it can be cause for concern in those who are more susceptible. One of the 23 ingredients in our Natural Thyroxine supplement is kelp. This special formula we created means you get the needed amount of iodine while not over-doing it!
Other food sources of the mineral include:
- Dairy - plain yoghurt, eggs
- Seafood - shrimp, tuna, cod, seaweed (nori, wakame, kombu kelp)
- Iodized salt
- Lima beans