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Iodine
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
 
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Function: Required to manufacture the thyroid hormone

Sources: Iodized salt and water; seafood; seaweeds, such as kelp

RDA:

0-0.5 yrs.

40 mcg

0.5-1 yrs.

50 mcg

1-3 yrs.

70 mcg

4-6 yrs.

90 mcg

7-10 yrs.

120 mcg

Deficiency Signs: Goiter (enlargement of thyroid gland), fatigue, depression

Optimal Intake: 250 mcg

Toxicity: Too much iodine can interfere with thyroid activity (hypothyroid) and may cause acne eruptions.

 
 
 
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