Skip to content
FREE SHIPPING on Orders Over $69!
FREE SHIPPING on Orders Over $69!

Seaweed Shown to be Good Source of Iodine

Iodine deficiency is a growing problem in the Western world due to several factors, including the removal of iodine supplements from many foods, reduced sodium intake, and reduced consumption of dairy products and seafood. Iodine deficiency can lead to tiredness, dry hair, skin and nails, tired muscles, and underactive thyroid. According to a recent study, seaweed supplementation may help increase iodine levels in women with iodine deficiency.

Participants in this study were healthy, non-pregnant women of childbearing age who had self-reported low dairy product and seafood consumption. They were given a branded form of seaweed supplement that contained approximately 700 ?g/g of iodine daily for two weeks.

After two weeks of supplementation, urinary iodine excretion increased by approximately 50%.  Concentrations of thyroid-stimulating hormone increased from 1.5 to 2.1

The women found the seaweed to be palatable and acceptable as a whole food or a food ingredient, and proved to be an effective source of iodine.  The researchers therefore concluded that seaweed supplementation could potentially be used to boost iodine levels in deficient populations.

Researchers from the University of Galsgow in Scotland conducted the study. It was published in the September 2014 issue of the British Journal of Nutrition.

Previous studies have linked seaweed extracts to boosting the immune system, weight loss and improving liver health.

 

Previous article Vitamin C Deficiency May Have Negative Effect on Cognitive Function

Related Posts

High Fructose Corn Syrup May Adversely Affect Liver Health
High Fructose Corn Syrup May Adversely Affect L...
High-fructose corn syrup is a liquid sweetener made from corn that is us...
Read More
Walking For Exercise May Help Alleviate Knee Discomfort
Walking For Exercise May Help Alleviate Knee Di...
Walking for exercise can provide cardiovascular health benefits and help...
Read More
Higher Levels of DHA Associated With Reduced Risk of Cognitive Impairment
Higher Levels of DHA Associated With Reduced Ri...
DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid found in cold water, fatty fish such as sal...
Read More
Stay up to date with Health News you can use!
×