The thyroid gland needs iodine to produce the body hormone thyroxine, which regulates the release of energy in the body. Iodine is mainly found in the thyroid glands and is an indispensable element for the body metabolism. Without it, a person gains weight and is fatigued. On the other hand, with hyperthyroid, a person loses weight and is hyperactive.
|shellfish is rich in iodine|
Benefits of Iodine:
- Iodine prevents the development of simple goiter.
- Iodine plays a role in the development of hair, fingernails, skin and teeth.
Symptoms of Deficiency: People lacking in iodine may have an enlarged thyroid gland called goiter.
- Infant: 25 to 45 mg.
- Children: 50 to 100 mg.
- Adults: 110 to 150 mg.
Food Sources: Seaweeds, onions, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, fish, shellfish, and other seafood.
Note: Trace minerals; use only under doctors guidance.