Last week we put our spotlight on A Critically Important Nutrient You Probably Don’t Think About. Did you tune in to find out what it was? This week we dive into one of our top ten lists, the 10 important health benefits of this critically important nutrient.
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The fact is that iodine is utilized for just about every function in your body. Yet many people are unaware of their body’s need for iodine, and that iodine deficiency has reached epidemic proportions worldwide.
10 Important Health Benefits of Iodine
Here are 10 reasons why maintaining sufficient iodine levels is an absolute MUST for your health:
#10. Iodine Helps Stabilize Your Mood
It is well known that low iodine levels can have an impact on the brain, as mentioned above. More recent research has also linked iodine deficiency to depression and anxiety. A 2004 study conducted by German researchers and published in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC524961/ ] found a link between “alterations of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and mild cases of depression and anxiety.” TSH is produced by the pituitary gland to signal the thyroid to produce more thyroid hormones. Fluctuations in TSH are often an indication that the thyroid is not getting enough iodine to do its job [https://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid/how-your-thyroid-works ].
#9. Iodine Maintains Strong Teeth and Bones
Iodine assists in the production of strong teeth and bones by being a key player in calcium absorption. In fact, the connection between low iodine, low calcium absorption, and hypothyroidism has been known by researchers for at least the last hundred years https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/542133?redirect=true One of the functions of the thyroid is the production of calcitonin, a hormone which helps balance blood calcium levels. This mechanism not only leads to maintain strong bones; it also plays a role in healthy functioning of the nervous system, heart and muscles.
#8. Iodine Helps Prevents Hair Loss
Besides protecting the skin and eyes from UV radiation, adequate levels of iodine can give your skin and hair a healthy glow. This is because iodine is involved in cellular rejuvenation [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3686082/ ]. Healthy iodine levels also prevent hair loss because of the nutrients supplied to the thyroid gland [ https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/vitamin-deficiencies-are-a-lot-more-obvious-than-you-might-think/news-story/13bdd6f148d12b29b3d3cc53f9910766 ]. Iodine in combination with other essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, and zinc can be a powerful internal tonic for thinning hair.
#7. Iodine Ensures Reproductive Health
Did you know that Japanese women have the lowest rates of breast cancer in the world? A 2003 report published in the journal Breast Cancer Research postulated that this could be a direct result of eating iodine- and selenium-rich seaweed, which is a staple in the Japanese diet [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC314438/ ]. Iodine is fuel for reproductive glands as well as the thyroid. Studies suggest that getting enough iodine can help prevent fibrocystic breast disease, preeclampsia, ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts, vaginitis, polycystic ovary syndrome, and even breast cancer. Enough iodine in the body is also one aspect of a healthy pregnancy [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28260263 ].
#6. Iodine Is a Powerful Antioxidant
According to some experts, iodine may be as powerful in this regard as vitamin C! [https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/93/11/4381/2627273 ] It can help reduce free radical damage that may lead to gene mutation and disease. It is a great boon for the immune system as it helps clean the blood of harmful pathogens. A 2013 m