Iodine

What is Iodine? Although very little of this mineral is needed it doesn’t mean it isn’t important. It helps to produce the hormone thyroxine which influences physical development and helps the process of basic metabolic rate (using up the calories that are needed for function) Children that don’t get enough of this nutrient don’t do as well in school or develop properly.

• What it does: helps to make a hormone in the thyroid gland that is essential to body function

• Good Sources: iodized salt, seafood

• What happens if you consume too much of it: it will enlarge the thyroid gland

• How much is too much: more than 1100 ug/day**

• What happens if you don’t consume enough: enlarging thyroid gland (goiter)

• Daily Requirement Intake: 150 ug/day**

** ug= micrograms

This information can be found in any nutrition text book or on the National Institute of Health Website. This is only a basic description of vitamins and the amounts needed for an average adult diet of 2,000 calories. Some vitamins and foods may react with your body when on certain medications. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplements or diet. For further information consult with your Physician or a Registered Dietitian. Your way to excellent health starts with you.