Iodine and Your Health
Your body produces no iodine it has to be ingested. Iodine deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the United States. No organ other than your thyroid can store significant quantities of iodine. In some areas of the US, including mountain regions, the Mississippi River Valley, the Ohio River Valley, and the Great Lakes regions, the soil has always had a very low iodine content. But even in other areas of once iodine-rich soil, industrial farming has depleted this iodine content.
We cannot get adequate iodine from the food we consume. To compensate for this in the past, iodine was added to salt, bread, and milk. Bread and milk were dropped from the list, and the amount of iodine added to salt has been lowered over the years.
Iodine supplements made from sea vegetables contain valuable minerals and are especially important at a time when vitamin and mineral content in most foods is declining. Sea plant-sourced, natural iodine balances your hormones and supports your thyroid to manage your metabolism.
Really low iodine levels in the thyroid end up as a thyroid goiter (enlargement of the thyroid). Areas of the world where iodine deficiency is high, such as in Switzerland and parts of Asia and Africa, have also high incidence of thyroid cancer.
Iodine is also needed by breast tissue, and a lack of iodine in the breasts manifests as fibrocystic breast disease (painful breasts with nodules and cysts are often more symptomatic prior to menstrual periods PMS). 93% of American women have fibrocystic breast disease and the longer the deficiency persists, the higher the risk of breast cancer.
Iodine is needed in the ovaries, and Russian studies done some years ago showed a relationship between iodine deficiency and the presence of cysts in the ovaries. The greater the iodine deficiency, the more ovarian cysts a woman produces. In its extreme form, this condition is known as polycystic ovarian disease.