Iodine Benefits: the health benefits of iodine

February 9, 2010

Diets & Nutrition

Recommended daily dose of iodine: 150-200 mcg

Iodine food sources
The main sources are iodized salt, algae, fish, saltwater seafood, sea salt.

The health benefits of iodine
• It enters the composition of thyroxin, the hormone that regulates energy production, maintaining a constant body temperature, breathing and muscle tone;
•It provides healthy skin, hair and nails;
•It helps in maintaining body weight;
• Serves in external use as an antiseptic on wounds on the skin to treat inflammation and infection.

Useful health tips about iodine
• Iodine supplementation should be given by doctors and it is contraindicated for pregnant and nursing women;
• Certain foods like broccoli, cabbage and peanuts slow the absorption of iodine by the thyroid.

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