Name (common): Iodine

 

General description:

Iodine is an essential trace element required for proper functioning of the thyroid gland.  Main dietary sources are sea salt, shellfish, sea water fish and sea vegetables such as seaweed. 

The iodine produced grown on the land is influenced by local geography and soil quality. There is evidence of iodine-deficient soil in many areas of Australia.

 

Functions and general science:

Iodine is rapidly absorbed from the stomach to the small intestine, then distributed around the body particularly to the thyroid gland which contains 80% of the body’s iodine – around 15mg in adults.  It is important for thyroid function as well as normal, healthy growth and development.  Low levels of iodine have been linked with challenged school performance in children.



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Disclaimer:

The information provided in reference to this ingredient is general in nature and provided as information only. Any product specific therapeutic claims for this ingredient are linked to specific dosage requirements based on evidence of traditional or scientific nature.