How it helps
■ A component of the thyroid hormones, which control energy metabolism, regulate body temperature and are necessary for reproduction and growth.
■ Important for physical and mental development in children.
■ Helps metabolize excess fat.
Where iodine can be found
Seafood, saltwater fish, asparagus, lima beans, mushrooms, sea salt, sesame seeds, soybeans, spinach and summer squash.
What are the signs of deficiency?
Fatigue, weight gain and there has been some anecdotal linkage to breast cancer.
Some foods block the uptake of iodine into the thyroid gland when eaten in large amounts. These include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, peaches, pears and turnips.
Vitamins and Minerals: A Self-Hep Guide
This book provides a simple overview of the common vitamins and minerals available to help you supplement your diet when appropriate.
The information within this book is basic and does not claim to provide in any way comprehensive information of the subject matter but hopefully it can point you in the right direction when you need more information. All the information has come primarily from the government and authoritative bodies recommending daily intakes and pinpointing the limits of dosages per day. Experts in the field have tried to make the information easy to follow in this book.