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Expecting a child? Don’t forget your iodine intake!

Expecting a child? Don’t forget your iodine intake!

The first time that pregnancy test stick turns pink, or when your OB/GYN first shows you your ultrasound, odds are that the most immediate thought running through your mind isn't how much iodine you're getting. And fair enough — but iodine intake should be a priority for expectant mothers nevertheless!

Iodine is one of the body's most crucial nutrients. This mineral fuels the thyroid gland, which in turn controls a slew of different bodily functions — brain, organs, muscles and metabolism, to name a few — ensuring you are at your peak. But this is also true for children in utero. Since the body doesn't naturally produce iodine, we need to get enough of it from the food we eat, and not doing so can present risks for not only the mother but their unborn child too.

"Iodine deficiency disorder [IDD] is the single greatest cause of preventable mental retardation," says former UNICEF deputy executive director Kal Gautam. "Severe deficiencies cause cretinism, stillbirth and miscarriage. But even mild deficiency can significantly affect the learning ability of populations. Scientific evidence shows alarming effects of IDD. Even a moderate deficiency, especially in pregnant women and infants, lowers their intelligence by 10-15 IQ points."

One of the best ways to reduce health risks associated with iodine deficiencies — for both children and adults alike — is to consume sea plants like organic seaweed. The ocean floor is a natural source of iodine, and seaweed absorbs these nutrients like a sponge. Scientific research backs this claim, with one Glasgow University study finding that supplementing meals with Seagreens seaweed products can increase iodine intake to healthy levels in women with iodine deficiencies.

Seagreens organic wild wrack seaweeds are produced to the company's award-winning proprietary standard (patents pending) among Scotland's remote Western Islands in pristine Grade A waters. Our whole food organic seaweed products and natural health supplements like Seagreens Iodine Capsules contain all the micronutrients, trace elements, minerals and vitamins.

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