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Iodine is key to many functions in the body, including thyroid, breast, prostate and uterine health. 

In his book, "Minerals for the Genetic Code", Dr. Richard Olree talks about 4 minerals which are vital to human health which it would be wise to supplement.  They are Magnesium, Selenium, Iodine and Yttrium. 

Concerning Iodine, according to Dr. Olree, the minerals Chlorine, Bromine and Fluorine are all -1 in electron valence, and when Iodine is not readily available, these substitute for it, wrecking havoc in the human body.

But doesn't Iodized salt provide this need?  The Iodine in iodized salt is in chemical form, and is only about 5% available to the body.  In fact, most Americans are Iodine deficient.  The Iodine in Super Sea Veg is organic - it is attached to a carbon molecule, and therefore is 100% available to the body.  Super Sea Veg is your BEST source for bio-available iodine.

Try it for a month, 3 capsules a day, and see what a difference this world class supplement can make in your health.  Each bottle has 90 capsules.

 

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Iodine in pregnancy, needs, impact and controversy

25. February 2009 21:54  

The American Thyroid Association has recommended that all pregnant and breastfeeding women in the U.S. should take daily supplements containing 150 mcg iodine.

However, a study conducted by researchers at Boston University Medical Center has found that only 51 percent of U.S. prenatal multivitamins contain iodine.

"Normal thyroid function in fetuses and breast-fed infants, which is dependent on sufficient intake of iodine, is crucial for a child's normal neurocognitive development," said Elizabeth N. Pearce, MD, assistant professor of medicine, in a research letter appearing in the February 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (Vol. 360, No. 9).

According to the researchers, iodine deficiency affects more than 2.2 billion people worldwide and is the leading cause of preventable mental retardation. Over the last three decades, the iodine intake of U.S. women of childbearing age has decreased by more than half, and a subset of U.S. women of childbearing age may have mild iodine deficiency.

"Even mild iodine deficiency may have adverse effects on the cognitive function of children," said Dr. Pearce. "The measured iodine content of multivitamins with kelp as the iodine source was extremely variable, and often did not match labeled values," said Dr. Pearce. "Prenatal multivitamins containing potassium iodine were a more reliable source."

The iodine content of prenatal vitamins is not mandated in the U.S., noted the researchers, who suggest that manufacturers of prenatal vitamins in the U.S. should be encouraged to ensure that their products contain the amount of iodine recommended by the American Thyroid Association and to use only potassium iodine - which contains 76 percent iodine - to maintain consistency in iodine content.

Dr. Pearce will discuss "Iodine in Pregnancy: Needs, Impact and Controversy" at the American Thyroid Association's "Research Summit and Spring Symposium," held in Washington, DC April 16-17, 2009 at The Madison Hotel.

The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is the lead organization in promoting thyroid health and understanding thyroid biology. The ATA values scientific inquiry, clinical excellence, public service, education, collaboration, and collegiality. ATA members are physicians and scientists who work to enhance the understanding of thyroid physiology and pathophysiology, improve diagnosis and treatment of thyroid diseases, and promote the education of physicians, patients, and the public about thyroid cancer. Thyroid diseases are the most common disorders of the endocrine system, affecting almost 13 million Americans.

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Aug 14 04:34pm

Overall, children in mainland Australia are borderline iodine deficient, the Australian National Iodine Nutrition Study has found.

Involving 1709 students from 88 schools, the study is the largest of its kind carried out in Australia.

Close to half the participants, the majority of whom hailed from south-eastern Australia showed 'mild to moderate' iodine deficiency.

The researchers speculated that the reasons for greater iodine levels in Queensland and Western Australia could be due to a higher proportion of the population in these states using iodized salt, as well as variations in the regional milk iodine content and higher drinking water iodine levels.

The wide-ranging study's results varied from state to state. Overall, mild deficiencies were reported in NSW and Victoria; borderline deficiencies in South Australia; and sufficient levels found in Queensland and Western Australia. Tasmania was not surveyed.

The Australian Centre for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders has performed sporadic surveys of urinary iodine excretion over the past two decades. During this time, average levels have substantially dropped. Pregnant women displayed some of the lowest levels, prompting researchers' concerns that the next generation of children are at risk of the neuropsychological consequences of iodine deficiency.

Iodine is important for baby's brain development, visual motor skills and hearing, and is an essential nutrient required for normal thyroid function, growth and development.

While the study recommended the urgent implementation of mandatory iodization of salt, supplementation also presents an effective method for boosting iodine levels in schoolchildren.

Women also need iodine while planning conception, when pregnant and when breastfeeding, as it is essential for a baby's normal mental development.
 

Pregnant? Experts Say to Take Supplemental Iodine

If you are pregnant, you will want to make sure you learn about the latest recommendation to help protect your health and the health of your unborn baby. The Public Health Committee of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) issued a statement in late last year in the journal Thyroid, calling for pregnant women to supplement with iodine. Find out more about this important recommendation now.

According to the ATA, maternal iodine deficiency during pregnancy is considered the number one preventable cause of mental retardation in the world. Insufficient iodine leaves the mother unable to produce enough thyroid hormone during pregnancy, which can cause irreversible fetal brain damage. The body doesn't produce iodine itself, so the iodine is obtained through food and supplements, including iodized salt.

While iodine deficiency is common throughout the developing world, it is also seen in some developed countries, including the U.S. and Europe. In North America, the main source of iodine is dairy products, also bread, seafood, meat, and iodized salt. Iodine content can vary, however, from very little, to high amounts. Such variance is seen in milk, bread, and even infant formula, where iodine is essential for nutrition. Table salt in the U.S. and Canada is iodized, but studies have shown that only 70% of consumers are using iodized salt at home.

And because diets vary, some North Americans may not be getting enough iodine. Many brands of prenatal vitamins also do not include iodine. Iodine deficiency in mother, can cause mental retardation in the child. The ATA recommends that until additional data are available, supplementation with 150 mcg. iodine per day during pregnancy is in keeping with the current recommendations of national and international groups for increased iodine intake in pregnancy and lactation, and appears to be safe. (But always check with your doctor about taking any supplements or medications during pregnancy)

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Iodine Deficiency Linked to Pregnancy Loss

Iodine deficiency:  Affects fertility;  Increases the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth;  Can have devastating effects on the baby's developing brain and also on physical growth: such as severe mental retardation, growth stunting, apathy, and impaired movement, speech or hearing; and is considered the world's greatest cause of preventable brain damage.
Iodine is a chemical element needed for growth and survival. It is mostly derived from the ocean and the soil. It is found in varying amounts in fruit and vegetables, depending on the concentration of iodine in the soils in which they are grown. The most potent source of iodine is marine fish and other seafood.
Iodine is critical for normal development of the baby in the womb, so iodine intake is vital both during pregnancy, and while lactating.
The World Health Organization recommends the following daily intake for optimal iodine nutrition: pregnant & lactating women -- as well as those trying to conceive -- should have 200 micrograms per day Iodine deficiency disorders (IDD's) such as "goitre" pose a severe health hazard to the baby, as listed above.
Even mild iodine deficiency can impair development and cause subtle defects in visual motor skills, hearing and intelligence. Iodine deficiency has resulted in an estimated 80 million children suffering from some form of permanent mental retardation.
Sources of Iodine in our Diets:
- The richest sources of iodine are seafood and seaweed (such as kelp or nori).
Two or three servings of seafood per week will provide sufficient intake of iodine;
- Next richest are eggs, meat and dairy products;
- Followed by fruit and vegetables (grown in soils rich in iodine);
- Iodised salt (iodine has been added).
Note: sea salt is a poor source of iodine, with only 2 micrograms of iodine per gram of sea salt;
- Multivitamins which contain iodine *; and
- Kelp tablets (supplements) *.
* Patients are advised to check with your doctor before taking any supplements, as too much iodine can be toxic (over 1,000 micrograms per day is potentially harmful).
Source: The Australian Nutrition Foundation Inc. www.nutritionaustralia

 

The most damaging effect of iodine deficiency is on the developing brain, and to a lesser degree, any brain. Thyroid hormone is particularly important for myelination of the central nervous system, which is most active in the perinatal period and during fetal and early postnatal development. Numerous population studies have correlated an iodine-deficient diet with increased incidence of mental retardation. A meta-analysis of 18 studies concluded that iodine deficiency alone lowered mean IQ scores by 13.5 points (Bleichrodt and Born, 1994). Iodized salt is a special case. With only a few isolated exceptions, edible salt (sodium chloride) does not naturally contain iodine. Either potassium iodide or potassium iodate is used to fortify salt in 98% of U.S. Households (only found in 3% of English Households). These compounds are Pharmaceutically manufactured by drug companies, in order to create �stability� but with a side effect of HYPO and HYPER, thyroidism, which has grown to now epidemic proportions since the 1930�s when they were instituted in the name of iodine by the WHO.

In addition to these effects on the individual, iodine deficiency has adverse consequences for the community. The mental retardation can cover a wide range, from mild blunting of intellect to full blown cretinism (see "Zombieland"), and a large part of the population may have some intellectual impairment. The mean IQ of the deficient community is decreased by at least 13.5 IQ points, according to one review. Individuals in these communities have lower educability and lower economic productivity, and the output of the whole community suffers. Dramatic improvement typically occurs after appropriate addition of vegetable, organic iodine, as found in Ocean Treasure.

Other consequences of iodine deficiency are impaired reproductive outcome, increased childhood mortality, decreased educability, and economic stagnation.

 

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