Why iodine is important for your health
According to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, many Americans aren't getting enough iodine in their diets. Over the past 50 years, iodine consumption has dropped by nearly 20 percent. The cause? One theory is that the growing popularity of gourmet types of salt, such as sea salt and Himalayan pink salt, has led people to abandon the traditional source of iodine in this country, iodized table salt.
This is alarming due to the important health benefits of iodine. They include:
- Regulating thyroid function. Before the introduction of iodized salt, goiters were rampant in the U.S., especially in regions where crops were grown in soil depleted of iodine. A goiter is a swelling of the thyroid as a result of an iodine deficiency. Other than preventing goiters, iodine also helps to guard against the weight and hormonal issues that come with thyroid dysfunction.
- Promoting fetal development. Pregnant women need about 50 percent more iodine than non-pregnant women, about 150 micrograms per day, to ensure the proper development of the fetus. Iodine deficiency in pregnant women can cause stunted growth, cognitive issues and delayed sexual development in their children.
- Promoting childhood cognitive abilities. Studies have shown that iodine supplements increase the cognitive function and reasoning abilities of children in iodine-deficient areas. Iodine seems to be crucial for unlocking children's full cognitive capacity.
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