Iodine

Iodine is an essential component mineral for synthesizing certain hormones of the thyroid gland. Iodine is responsible for maintaining healthy skin tone, strong teeth, nails, and hair.

Symptoms of deficiency include dry and dull hair, cold hands and feet, fatigue, hypothyroidism, mental retardation, nervousness and excitability, obesity, depression, goiter, brittle nails, stunted physical growth, and heart palpitations.

It is best taken with selenium, vitamins A and E, zinc.

It is canceled out by: excessive consumption of nuts and soya products, Amiodarone/ Cordarone, red food coloring (erythrosine), arsenic.

Foods rich in iodine tend to be all dairy products, and all sea foods. Otherwise below are some examples:

Dairy –  Cottage cheese, eggs, milk, natural yoghurt, . 

Fruits  Pineapples, rhubarb, strawberries.

Herbs and Spices  –  Garlic

Meats –Turkey.          

Seeds/Nuts – Black walnuts, sesame seeds,.

Sea Foods Fish oil, haddock, kelp, nori,  seaweed, tuna, salmon

Vegetables etc Asparagus, carrots, lettuce, lima beans, mushrooms, potatoes (unpeeled), spinach, summer squash, turnip greens,

Other Iodized salt, sea salt.

Sources:

Iodine http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=69

Rain, M.S. “Earthway.” 1990. Pocket Books, U.S.

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