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Fewer iodine foods are eaten, and iodized salt is shown to be an unreliable iodine source. It is important to know what iodine rich foods may prevent iodine deficiency.

 

Do I Need Iodine? Why Do We Need Iodine?

While not as popular as Vitamin C or D, iodine is an important nutrient that we should consume everyday. Iodine is necessary for proper thyroid hormone production and tissue development. Iodine deficiency can lead to a number of health issues, including weight gain, high cholesterol, fatigue, and even mental illnesses like depression.

In the early days of medicine, iodine was successfully used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is now known that iodine relaxes the blood vessel, which lowers the blood pressure.Iodine deficiency can have serious effects on the body. The symptoms include: abnormal weight gain, mental retardation, poor levels of perception, depression, decreased fertility, coarse skin, fatigue, constipation, goiter, and chances of still birth in pregnant women.Recent health studies are again showing how essential iodine really is. A recent study conducted at University of Washington connects higher intakes of iodine with good health. In the past, Americans consumed a lot more iodine than they do now. Years ago, iodine a regular ingredient in bread and dairy products, making it a lot easier to get your recommended intake. Today, iodine has unfortunately been replaced with bromide, a substance that actually competes with your body's iodine level. This makes the average American's iodine deficiency even worse. 

Do You Need Iodine?

Benefits of Iodine
  • Iodine helps your thyroid gland function properly by assisting with hormone production, which directly influences basic metabolic rate. These hormones affect heart rate, body weight, blood pressure, and temperature.
  • Iodine helps you maintain healthy teeth, hair, and nails.
  • Iodine plays an essential role in helping you maintain optimal levels of energy by effectively using the calories you eat and reducing the amount converted to excess fat.
  • Iodine aids in the normal growth of reproductive organs and assists in regulating blood sugar and prevents and treats diabetes.
  • Iodine removes toxic substances that can be harmful to the body, such as lead and mercury. It also prevents the production of harmful bacteria in the stomach.
  • Iodine can reduce the effects of certain medical conditions, such as fibrocystic diseases, ovarian cysts, and cancers.
  • Iodine is essential for the health of the mammary glands and prevents the growth of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors in breast tissues.
  • Iodine has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties and promotes immune function.
  • Iodine is essential for the health of the mammary glands and prevents the growth of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors in breast tissues.