"Iodine is critical to human health. It forms the basis of thyroid hormones and plays many other roles in human biochemistry. While the thyroid gland contains the body’s highest concentration of iodine, the salivary glands, brain, cerebrospinal fluid, gastric mucosea, breasts, ovaries and a part of the eye also concentrate iodine. In the brain, iodine is found in the choroid plexus, the area on the ventricles of the brain where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is produced, and in the substantia nigra, an area associated with Parkinson’s disease.
"Iodine is essential to normal growth and development. Iodine deficiency in utero and during growth can result in cretinism, a condition of severely stunted physical and mental growth due to prolonged nutritional deficiency of iodine or from untreated congenital deficiency of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism). The condition is characterized by short stature, delayed bone maturation and puberty, infertility, neurological impairment and cognitive impairment ranging from mild to severe. Iodine deficiency also causes goiter, the gradual enlargement of the thyroid gland. Both conditions have led to public health campaigns of iodine administration in many countries. The addition of iodine compounds to table salt or water represents the first attempt to provide nutrient supplementation via “fortification” of common foods."
While iodine is important, be VERY CAREFUL when supplementing with iodine. There is much debate about proper levels, along with unknown quantities already in a person's diet, such as from iodized salt. This can lead to possible thyroid conditions, such as Grave's disease or hyperthyroidism. Follow recommended levels.
Read the following article to learn more about the research of Dr. Abraham and Dr. Lugol.
- See more at: http://www.westonaprice.org/modern-diseases/the-great-iodine-debate/#sthash.AHb5WxQn.dpuf
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