Iodine

Iodine's primary function is to keep the thyroid gland healthy and manufacturing sufficient thyroxine, a hormone that is needed throughout the body.

Deficiency Diseases: Acne, Bad Circulation, Confused Thinking, Cretinism Fatigue, Goiter, Hormonal Imbalance, Menstrual Difficulties Miscarriages, Scaly or Dry Skin, Sterility, Weight Gain and Weight Loss etc.

Overdose Disease: Hyperthyroidism

Deficiency Symptoms:
  • Apathy, Drowsiness
  • Hair loss, Fatigue, Dry skin
  • Increased blood fats, hoarseness
  • Delayed reflexes, and reduced mental clarity
Rich Sources:

Iodine is added to most table salt so people generally get the required amount from just one teaspoon of iodized salt. Other Iodine sources include eggs, milk, sea fish and sea food, sea vegetables - such as kelp, seaweed, asparagus etc. Fruits and vegetables grown in coastal regions are other good sources of iodine.

Important for:
  • Thyroid gland to produce thyroxine
  • An important hormone for growth and metabolism
  • Prevention of goitre
Best Suitable Composition:

Iodine is rapidly eliminated from the body, so high intake or toxicity is not very likely, but if your diet is supplement with too much kelp or iodine you could have problems with acne or skin rashes.

Recommended Daily Intake:
  • Men & Women: 0.5 mg
  • Females require higher iodine amounts during periods of puberty and pregnancy.