Sea Weed collects the minerals from sea water and concentrates them in its tissues. If you dont eat a lot of sea weed, or your garden is not fertilized with sea weed compost, you are deficient, and you will be paying the price, sooner or later.
You may have the impression that iodine is needed for the proper function of your thyroid, and thats where it ends. As if that were not enough: controlling your energy, your temperature, your weight, and your drive, your thyroid decides if you are going to be chronically tired, or stubbornly obese. But there is much more to it: iodine is involved in the functioning of your mucosal barrier, the interface between the sterile inside, and the dirty outside. These tissues line your digestive system, your breathing passages, and your sexual organs.
In fact, every organ that secretes something (not just the mucus) needs large amounts of iodine to function well. Yes, the thyroid glands need and hog the greatest amount of iodine, but the others wont last long without sufficient iodine. The organs that secrete something are the same organs that are most likely to develop cancer. The abundant presence of iodine almost guarantees the absence of cancer.
Here is the list of organs that require abundant iodine:
- Thyroid gland
- Salivary glands (mouth)
- Digestive mucosal lining (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon)
- Breathing system: nose, sinuses, lungs
- Urinary system: (kidneys, ureter, bladder, urethra)
- Sexual organs (Breasts, Ovaries, Vagina, Uterus, Prostate)
- Liver and Gallbladder (bile)
- Pancreas (digestive enzymes)
- Adrenal glands (hormones)
- Brain (Substantia nigra, Choroid plexus)
- Eyes (conjunctiva, ciliary)
- Bone marrow
As a society, the Japanese people consume more seaweed (rich in iodine) than any other nation, and they enjoy the lowest cancer rates of anyone on the planet! NIH says:
By combining information from dietary records, food surveys, urine iodine analysis (both spot and 24-hour samples) and seaweed iodine content, we estimate that the Japanese iodine intakelargely from seaweedsaverages 1,000-3,000 ?g/day (1-3 mg/day).
When they move to America, their cancer rate rises average American, so the link points directly to the diet. They also use composted seaweed to fertilize their vegetable gardens. It makes me shudder what is going to happen on the east coast of Japan now that the waters are being polluted by the leaking Fukushima reactors. Ample iodine supplementation is needed to prevent the radioactive iodine I131 to becomes lodged in the gland. Its result would be the destruction of your thyroid, and possible thyroid cancer. Iodine kills all single-celled organisms, and they cannot become resistant to it. The parts of your body exposed to the unclean and hostile outside world contain 30 times the amount of iodine as your blood.
Iodine helps creates a defensive shield around your body, protecting it from invaders and infections. To raise your shields you have to consume sufficient iodine. If microorganisms get past your iodine shield, white blood cells create hydrogen peroxide and ozone to kill the bugs. This process makes you tired, and drains your metabolic resources. There is not enough iodine in our soils and all food grown inland is iodine deficient. To maintain health, you must be either eating lots of seaweed, or supplementing with iodine. We offer iodine supplementation in either the detoxified iodine tincture, or as carefully selected natural laminaria (kombu) in capsules. We also add several species of sea plants to our superfood blends.