Who Should Take Iodine?
Your doctor should check your levels, and if depleted, recommend supplementation. Those who eat a lot of raw broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, bok choy, collard greens, mustard greens, radishes, rutabagas, turnips, kale, millet, soy, spinach, pine nuts, pears, peaches, sweet potatoes, peanuts, or bamboo shoots should supplement with iodine. The aforementioned are all sources of goitrogens, which, when eaten raw, prevent iodine uptake by the thyroid gland. Cooking takes care of most of the problems, but variety is always good.
There are many symptoms of iodine deficiency…. Low body temperature (never above 97.7), cold hands and feet, excessive mucous production, etc. In a nutshell, Iodine is critical for our overall health and most of us do not get enough to obtain optimal health, especially those suffering from disease. Iodine deficiency is linked to many things, but most importantly cancer, mainly of the breast. The people of Japan’s daily intake of Iodine is about 13 mg. The RDA in the U.S. is only 150 mcg. This is way too low. The people of Japan have the lowest incidence of breast cancer or of any cancer in general in the world. Pretty amazing! There have been many clinical studies supporting the use of Iodine. Before popular anti-fungal drugs like Nystatin came out, Iodine was primarily used to treat yeast infections. Iodine is a powerful antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antibacterial element. Don’t take my word for it…do your research!