The Benefits of Iodine

Iodine is an element that’s required for the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones. Since the body does not produce iodine on its own, it needs to come from dietary sources—and striking the right balance is key. Inadequate levels or overconsumption of iodine can lead to or worsen thyroid disease, as well as cause other significant health concerns.

Why is Iodine so important?

Iodine is one of the most important minerals required by the body for healthy cellular and complete metabolic function. Breast tissue, the uterus, the ovaries, the thyroid, the brain and the prostate depend on iodine. But typical intake levels for most people are not optimal.

Iodine supplementation can be life-changing!

Why Increase Iodine Intake?

  • Healthy Metabolism and Weight Management Support
  • Increased Energy
  • Improved Libido
  • Breast Health
  • Prostate Health
  • Detoxification
  • Increased Immune Function*

In our family if we have been around crowds or plan to be around a lot of people we take Iodine supplementation. We also start taking iodine any time we have the slightest scratchy throat. Even if you think you have been around dust or your allergies may be acting up we have found that by fortifying our body with Iodine we decrease our risk of these things turning into an infection.

We have often seen in our family that if we start taking our iodine with we first feel a cold or flu coming on it will considerably decrease the length of time that we are sick. Instead of having a 2 week flu we may just have a 3 day flue.

I don’t mean to make any medical claims by sharing my story but just wanted to share why and how iodine supplementation has helped our family.

The Supplement Tri-Iodine provides the 3 beneficial forms of iodine you need most.

Tri-Iodine contains three beneficial forms of iodine to nourish multiple body systems. Three forms are included because different tissues in the body prefer different forms. For example, your thyroid tissue absorbs iodine best as potassium iodide, while breast tissue takes up iodine in the
form of molecular iodine. Additionally, there is evidence that using sodium iodide enhances the absorption of the other forms.

Iodine and the Immune System

Iodine also helps regulate the immune system as it helps fight infections. In addition, iodine can enhance the immune function by helping remove both toxic chemical toxins and biological toxins. Additionally, iodine is effective in suppressing autoimmunity which keeps immunity in check. It also protects the body against invasion by foreign organisms, especially in the stomach. In addition, Iodine reinforces the T-cell adaptive immune system.

The Importance of Iodine

When you consume iodine, it is quickly absorbed and enters your bloodstream. Your thyroid, which has tiny cells that capture the circulating iodine, takes it in and to be used to create triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4)—thyroid hormones that make their way throughout the body to regulate metabolism and ensure healthy functioning of the heart, brain, and other organs.

Thyroid cells are the only ones that absorb iodine, and every cell in the body relies on this essential process.

Foods Rich in Iodine include:

  • Spinach
  • Lentils
  • Kidney beans
  • Potatoes (with the skins on)
  • Oats
  • Soy Beans – green or fermented is best
  • Swiss Chard
  • Almonds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Figs

If you have difficulty getting enough of these foods we have a few favorite Iodine supplements to choose from. Click on any of each to see the details on what is in them:

Tri-Iodine
Kelp


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Iodine is a mineral important in many body functions
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