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