Iodine Supplements – Just What Your Thyroid Needs
Iodine, as contained in all good iodine supplements, is a trace element that is essential to overall good health. Your thyroid gland, which produces thyroxine (T4) and triiodothryonine (T3), requires this mineral to work effectively. The hormones produced by the thyroid regulate the bodies overall metabolism and also help in regulating other hormones produced by the body. These hormones help out in the circulatory and nervous systems, support mental and physical growth and may even help prevent hearing loss in children.
Since the human body contains about 20 to 30 mg of iodine and 75% of that is contained in the thyroid gland, it should not be any surprise that the thyroid needs iodine in order to function properly. When it doesn’t have enough it is unable to produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone which can result in weight gain, poor concentration, depression, low energy, blood sugar fluctuations and a host of other symptoms. Clearly, having enough iodine is important.
For both men and women the daily recommended daily intake of iodine is 150 mcg. However, getting this amount of iodine strictly from your diet is becoming more difficult as the iodine content in food depends largely on where it has been grown and what kind of soil is present. Some of the better food sources include salt water fish, lima beans, soybeans, garlic, seaweeds, kelp, mushrooms, sesame seeds and salt. Interestingly, foods such as cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and broccoli can hinder the absorption of iodine.
So if your diet does not provide enough iodine you need to turn to iodine supplements which is normally derived from seeweed and available in both capsule, tablet or liquid forms. Each usually contains about 150mcg and is the preferred form for use in treating low thyroid conditions. For those simply wanting a daily iodine supplement un-standardized kelp is usually adequate. Of course, as usual, consult with your health advisor before taking any kind of supplement.
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