Benefits of Iodine

Why this mineral mustn’t be ignored!

Iodine is a wonderful and extremely beneficial essential trace element that is abundant in a number of foods. Iodine is found in Fushi’s new Iodine Wholefood supplement as well as our
Multi Essentials Whole Food Vitamin Complex and the dietary supplement of iodine-containing Organic Fresh-Ground® Kelp Capsules too.

Most of the world’s iodine supply is found in the ocean, where it’s concentrated in sea life, especially seaweed. Iodine in the diet allows the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located in front of the
windpipe, just below the Adam’s apple in the neck function adequately. Thyroid hormones play an important role in a wide range of bodily functions including metabolism, energy, hair and skin regeneration
and improved foetal development.

The recommended daily intake of iodine is Adults need 0.14mg.

Most people should be able to get all the iodine they need by eating a varied and balanced diet.

For women who are pregnant or nursing, the requirements are higher and they must speak with a registered practitioner for a specialised dose.

The benefits of this mineral include:

Metabolism regulation

An iodine imbalance can lead to an overactive or underactive thyroid which may occur if the body does not have enough iodine to make thyroid hormones.Iodine helps convert thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)
to triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). This conversion is important for the thyroid to function properly. Thyroid hormones help control the speed of your metabolism, which is the process by which your body converts food into energy and heat. When your thyroid hormone levels are low, your body burns fewer calories at rest. Unfortunately, this means more calories from the foods you eat are stored as fat. Adding more iodine to your diet may help reverse the effects of a slow metabolism, as it can help your body make more thyroid hormones.

Increased energy

Fatigue and weakness are also common symptoms of an iodine deficiency. In fact, some studies have found that nearly 80% of people with low thyroid hormone levels, which occur in
cases of iodine deficiency, feel tired, sluggish and weak.These symptoms occur because thyroid hormones help the body make energy. When thyroid hormone levels are low, the body can’t make
as much energy as it usually does. This may cause your energy levels to plummet and leave you feeling weak.

May reduce hair loss

Thyroid hormones help control the growth of hair follicles. When your thyroid hormone levels are low, your hair follicles may stop regenerating. Over time, this may result in hair loss. For this reason, people with
an iodine deficiency may also suffer from hair loss. Moreover, it also speeds up hair growth and increases follicle strength.

Reduce dry skin

Thyroid hormones, which contain iodine, help your skin cells regenerate. When thyroid hormone levels are low, this regeneration doesn’t occur as often, possibly leading to dry, flaky skin. Additionally, thyroid
hormones help the body regulate sweat. People with lower thyroid hormone levels, such as those with an iodine deficiency, tend to sweat less than people with normal thyroid hormone levels.

Improved foetal, infant development and reduced birth defects

Pregnant and breastfeeding women must get enough iodine so their babies can grow and develop properly. Iodine can be found in breast milk. However, the iodine content in the breast milk typically depends on how
much iodine the mother gets. A sufficient quantity of iodine in pregnant women is essential to prevent stillbirths or neurocognitive conditions like cretinism in newborn babies.

Unfortunately, our body cannot make Iodine so it’s vital that we eat iodine rich foods such as cod, grass fed dairy, tuna, prawns, cranberries, eggs, prunes, butter beans, sea vegetables like kelp, arame, hiziki, kombu and wakame.
Kelp in particular is said to have the highest amount of iodine of any food on the planet.

By Elisha McDonald
Nutritional Therapiist