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Striking the perfect balance with iodine

Striking the perfect balance with iodine

Iodine is an essential nutrient, but it is surrounded by a lot of confusion among the general public. Iodine deficiency is the leading cause of preventable cognitive impairment, and it isn't just a problem in developing countries. Research has shown that many women and adolescent girls in the United Kingdom fall short of their recommended daily intake of iodine. In addition to its role in brain health, iodine also supports the thyroid – which produces the hormones that spur a number of bodily functions.

Recently, the Epoch Times covered the somewhat puzzling position of iodine and how seaweed may be tapped to meet dietary needs. The source notes that there is a specific iodine threshold that must be met to support thyroid health, and that too much iodine can also lead to serious health complications.

Seaweed supplements have been positioned as a potential source of iodine, and the news outlet provided an overview of their potential benefits in this regard:

"Seaweed is higher in vitamins and minerals than any other class of food. In fact, all the minerals required for health are supplied in seaweed in proportions quite similar to those found in human blood. These key minerals include calcium, iodine, phosphorous, sodium, and iron."

The only caveat to taking seaweed supplements to boost iodine consumption, the Epoch Times states, is to make sure your supplements of choice contain safe amounts that fall within the "Just Right" range.

Seagreens® Iodine + Capsules contain safe amounts of iodine as well as other vitamins, minerals and trace elements to enhance overall health. Seagreens® seaweed is sustainably wild-harvested in Grade A pristine waters in the Scottish Outer Hebrides to Human Food Seaweed™ standards (patents pending) and is a natural multi-nutrient whole food.

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