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Iodine and your Thyroid

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Posted on 10-10-2012

Iodine is an essential element that enables the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones.

One needs the proper amount of iodine for optimal thyroid function.

A severe iodine deficiency can cause a condition called hypothyroidism, also brain disorders, and severe goiter. Less severe iodine deficiency is linked to hypothyroidism, thyroid enlargement (goiter) and hyperthyroidism.

Iodine Deficiency is Serious

There are many areas around the world where soils are deficient in iodine, and iodine must be supplemented in the diet. In the U.S., for example, the area around the Great Lakes used to be known as the goiter belt because the soil is particularly iodine-deficient, and this resulted in higher incidences of goiter among residents of the area.

In 1999, global health experts announced that iodine deficiency continues to be a serious threat to global health. Insufficient iodine is, in fact, considered the most common -- yet also most preventable -- cause of brain damage throughout the world, with 1.6 billion people at risk.

Children with iodine deficiency and its resulting hypothyroidism can suffer from stunted growth, with mental retardation and problems in movement, speech or hearing. Worldwide, iodine deficiency actually affects some 50 million children. When a woman with iodine deficiency becomes pregnant, she risks miscarriage, stillbirth and mental retardation in her baby. Even what's considered a mild iodine deficiency can hamper the growth of children's brains, reduce their IQ, and cause learning disabilities. The World Health Organization estimates that some 1 billion people around the world are at risk of health problems due to iodine deficiency.


11.7% of U.S. citizens are iodine deficient. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reported that over the previous 20 years, the percentage of Americans with low intake of iodine has more than quadrupled. Of particular concern is the fact that the percentage of iodine-deficient pregnant women has increased from 1% to 7%. Maternal iodine deficiency is particularly dangerous to a developing fetus.

The relationship between iodine and the thyroid is complicated. Some alternative practitioners simplistically declare that all thyroid patients should take iodine -- or an iodine-containing herb like kelp.

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