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Iodized salt falls short of supplements for pregnant women, study shows

Iodized salt falls short of supplements for pregnant women, study shows

In past posts, we've mentioned just how important it is for expectant mothers to have access to all of the vitamins and minerals they need to promote the healthy development of their little ones. Iodine, in particular, is one compound that is truly essential for these women, as even a slight deficiency during pregnancy has been shown to impact the IQ scores of a child years later.

Due to the essential role iodine plays in mental development and thyroid function, the U.S. government introduced iodized salt during the 1920s to ensure that the population got enough of it in their diet. However, a new study from the University of Adelaide in Australia has revealed that pregnant women can't take for granted that this common seasoning will provide all the iodine they need during these all-important nine months.

Much like the U.S. government's introduction of iodized table salt, Australian authorities also sought to boost national consumption of this compound by incorporating it in a common food. A press release from the university states that bread manufacturers in Australia were required to use iodized salt in their products as of 2009, and researchers have been working to determine whether this measure benefited pregnant women in particular.

Ultimately, though, the scientists have concluded that eating bread that contain iodized salt just isn't enough. As such, it is still advised that expectant mothers take some form of iodine supplement.

"The message is simple: by taking iodine supplements, pregnant women will be able to prevent brain and organ development problems in their babies and also maintain a healthy level of iodine for themselves," said University of Adelaide professor Professor Basil Hetzel.

Iodine deficiencies are the leading – and most preventable – causes of brain damage around the world. Seagreens® Iodine + capsules are an excellent source of safe amounts of iodine, as well as other all-natural vitamins and minerals that expectant mothers need.

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