IODINE: Vital for hormonal balance

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ABUNDANCE: Seaweed absorbs iodine from the ocean CREDIT: Shutterstock

FOR more than 100 years, iodine has been known as the element that is necessary for thyroid hormones production.

However, it is rare to see any further mention of iodine´s other effects in the body, despite the fact that without adequate iodine levels, life itself is not possible.
It’s not just responsible for producing hormones for the thyroid, but also the production of all the other hormones of the body.

Dr Garant, of Long Life Clinic in Marbella, said adequate iodine levels are necessary for proper immune system function.

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“It contains potent antibacterial, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and anticancer properties. Iodine is also effective for treating fibrocystic breast and ovarian cyst.”
Approximately 1.5 billion people, about the one third of the earth´s population, live in an area of iodine deficiency according to the World Health Organisation.

Dr Garant added: “Iodine deficiency disorder can result in mental retardation, goiter, increased child and infant mortality, infertility, and socio-economic decline.

“And the deficiency disorder is the most common preventable form of mental retardation known.”
Primarily found in seawater in very small quantities and solid rocks that form when seawater evaporates, iodine can also be found in sea organisms, such as seaweed.

“In fact, seaweed is one of the most abundant sources of iodine because seaweed has the ability to concentrate a large amount of iodine from the ocean water,” he added.
There are different forms of Iodine. Dr Garant recommends Lugol´s iodine solution is recommended, which is made up of 10 per cent potassium Iodide, five per cent iodine and 85 per cent distilled water.

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