Iodine: One of the body’s vital nutrients
-Sep 19, Jenny Paul , Health -
Iodine is an essential trace element that is vital for normal growth and development.
Iodine controls the healthy functioning of the thyroid gland. It combines with the amino acid tyrosine to create T3 and T4 (triiodothyronine and thyroxin), thyroid hormones that influence heart rate, blood pressure, body weight and temperature.
What is Iodine and what is it used for?
Iodine is essential in the formation of healthy skin, teeth and hair. It speeds up hair growth and increases follicle strength. An iodine deficiency can result in hair loss.
Iodine helps in the normal growth and maturity of reproductive organs. A sufficient quantity of iodine in pregnant and breastfeeding women is also essential to the healthy development of the baby. Iodine deficiency during pregnancy can lead to high blood pressure during pregnancy for the mother and mental retardation for the baby, as it plays an important role in development of the central nervous system.
Iodine is also a major booster of the immune system. Iodine is itself a scavenger of free radicals, and also stimulates and increases the activity of antioxidants throughout the body to provide a strong defensive measure against various diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
Which foods contain Iodine?
If you’re looking to add iodine-rich foods to your diet, then sea vegetables are ideal.
Wakame, Kelp, Arame, Hiziki and Kombu are all packed with Iodine.
Kelp in particular has high amounts and one serving will give you four times the recommended daily requirement.
If you’re not a fan of sea vegetables, then cranberries are also very high in iodine. Opt for freshly squeezed juice.
Strawberries are another iodine-rich berry.
You could also try Navy beans, also known as haricot, or raw cheese and organic potatoes are another source of iodine.
What are the benefits of Iodine?
Iodine can help eliminate toxins in the body, such as fluoride, lead and mercury. This detoxifying role is very important. Iodine has antibacterial qualities and is also effective at protecting the body against the toxic effects of radiation.
The body maintains its BMR (basal metabolic rate) with the help of these hormones, which also help in protein synthesis.
The basal metabolic rate affects the efficiency and efficacy of many of the body’s organ systems and regular processes, including absorption of food, sleep cycles and the transformation of food into usable energy. Iodine thus plays an important role in maintaining optimal energy levels in the body by ensuring the efficient utilization of calories.
If the thyroid gland does not receive sufficient iodine to make hormones, feedback systems in the body cause the thyroid to work harder, which can result in goitre (an enlarged thyroid gland/swollen neck). Low levels of thyroid hormone can cause women to stop ovulating, leading to infertility.
FAQ: What is the recommended daily dosage of Iodine?
If you are in any way concerned about your daily intake of iodine, then it is essential that you consult your doctor. Lumity Morning & Night supplements contain 22.5 mcg of Iodine which is 15% of the RDA.