Iodine deficiency is a worldwide problem. Diets deficient in iodine can result in many severe medical conditions including severe brain damage occurring in very early life (cretinism), mental impairment, reduced intellectual ability, goitre and infertility. Iodine deficiency predisposes one to an increased risk of breast, postate, endometrial and ovarian cancer. There is also a decreased childhood survival rate associated with iodine deficiency. Other illnesses that may result include sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), multiple sclerosis, and other myelin disorders, as well as ADHD.
WHERE IS IODINE FOUND IN THE BODY?
Every cell in the body contains and utilizes iodine. Iodine is concentrated in the glandular systems of the body. The Thyroid gland contains a higher concentration of iodine than any other organ of the body. Without iodine the thyroid gland will become inactive. Iodine is also stored in the salivary glands, cerebrospinal fluid and the brain.
Without adequate iodine levels, life itself would not be possible. It is necessary for the production of all of the hormones of the body, particularly the production of the thyroid hormones.
The required daily intake of iodine necessary for maintaining iodine sufficiency for the whole body is at least 13mg per day. The Thyroid gland holds a total of approximately 5mg of iodine. The breasts need 6mg per day, which leaves 2mg a day for the rest of the body.
It is necessary to get your iodine levels elevated and to do this supplementation with the correct amount is necessary. We believe that the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 150ug/day is totally inadequate.
THE SELENIUM/IODINE CONNECTION:
Selenium is a trace element that is essential for health. Small (microgram) amounts of selenium are necessary for maintaining optimum levels. It cannot be manufactured in our bodies; therefore it must be found in our diets or supplemented. Adequate selenium levels are necessary for regulating thyroid function and iodine metabolism.
Selenium is found in the soil and taken up by (edible) plants, it is also found in meat and seafood. Nuts can also contain selenium with Brazil nuts containing the largest amount. Selenium is required to maximize the activity of the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxide, which is necessary to help detoxify the more toxic agents, such as pesticides, mercury, chlorine and bromide.
Selenium has a narrow margin of safety, so too much selenium can cause adverse effects. Symptoms of “Selenosis” (too much selenium in the blood) can include: hair loss, fatigue, irritability, garlic breath odor, and mild nerve damage.