Are You Getting Enough Iodine?

IAS News 25 March 2015 | 2 Comments

Did you know that many Americans are increasingly iodine deficient? Since the 1970’s the amount of iodine being consumed by the average American has decreased due to changes in the food and dietary habits. It is also known that not only are people taking in less iodine but the receptors which absorb whatever iodine is being consumed are being blocked by other compounds which create more of a problem.

Iodine is necessary for adults due to it helping with the production of thyroid hormones; however recent reports have also suggested it also plays a part in protecting our bodies against fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer. There is also believed to be a link between iodine deficiency and obesity, ADHD, psychiatric disorders and fibromyalgia.

The recommended daily intake for iodine is 150mcg per day, although this does rise to 200mcg for pregnant women; however this has recently been seen to be inadequate for several reasons including the promotion of fetal brain development or indeed optimal health in adults. It is thought that a dose of closer to 3-6mg per day, which is consumed in Japan without increased problems of hypothyroidism, may in fact be necessary to support good thyroid production and other important antioxidant functions.

Did you know that there are several risk factors that could increase your chances of being iodine deficient? It is very likely that you have no idea how much iodine you’re getting in your diet, so here are a few risk factors for iodine deficiencies that you should consider. These include:

  • selenium deficiency
  • pregnancy
  • tobacco use
  • alcohol use
  • oral contraceptive use
  • increased intake of goitrogens such as calcium

It has been suggested that getting enough iodine is as important as ensuring enough vitamin D is in your body, and for this reason we recently started stocking Iodine-Pro (among a variety of other trace mineral products). Iodine-Pro™ is non-GMO, allergen and gluten free, and vegan friendly so it won’t have any unpleasant side effects, and it’s blended with 72 trace minerals and elements to fill in any gaps in your nutritional regime.

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