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Iodine -- Heavy Trace Element

It is part of thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

However, iodine is also used in over 100 enzyme systems involved in the gene transcription of the production of energy, nerve function and growth of our hair and skin.

Through its effects on promoting body fat to energy, it regulates our basal metabolic rate. It also protects us against the toxic effects from radioactive material by keeping the body from absorbing radioactive isotopes that are biologically equivalent or similar into your thyroid.

It can help prevent or relieve the pain and soreness of fibrocystic breast disease. It loosens clogged mucus in breathing tubes.

Symptoms of iodine deficiency include: goiter (an enlarged thyroid gland), hypothyroidism, physical and mental sluggishness, poor circulation, low vitality, dry skin and hair, cold hands and feet, obesity and hearing loss.

Natural sources of iodine include: seaweed especially kelp, seafood, eggs, garlic, turnip greens and watercress. It's commonly added to commercially sold salt, which has undoubtedly decreased the incidence of goiter.

Nobody should need an iodine supplement unless they're a vegan who also doesn't eat kelp or salt.

Taking large amounts of iodine could interfere with your thyroid's functioning.

By: Richard Stooker

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