Liquid Iodine Supplement
Iodine Dietary Supplement
Iodine is an essential trace element for the metabolism of fats and is important for physical and mental development. Iodine is concentrated in the thyroid gland and helps guard the brain and other parts of the body from harmful toxins that could have entered through the blood. This mineral helps with the assimilation of phosphorus and the utilization of calcium.
Iodine functions in the body: Aids in the assimilation of minerals like calcium, silica and phosphorus, Found in the blood, spleen, tears and perspiration, Essential for thyroid, spleen, liver and brain function, Neutralizes albumin.
As an essential trace element iodine is essential for the metabolism of fats and is important for physical and mental development. Iodine is deficient in our soils and is a widespread problem. Iodine is the metabolizing mineral of the body and is one of 16 vital biochemical elements that keep us in an optimum state of health. Iodine is vital to brain and thyroid gland function. "The primary role of iodine is as a component of thyroid hormone, and ultimately the regulation of cellular oxidation. Thyroid hormone accelerates cellular reaction, increases oxygen consumption and basal metabolic rate, and influences growth and development, energy metabolism, differentiation, and protein synthesis." 48
Iodine is concentrated in the thyroid gland and helps guard the brain and other parts of the body from harmful toxins that could have entered through the blood. All of the blood in the body passes through the thyroid every hour and a half. This mineral helps in the assimilation of phosphorus and the utilization of calcium. All of the glands that neutralize toxins within the body rely, at least in part on the thyroid. It is known that secretion of the thyroid enhances assimilation of silica, calcium and other biochemical elements. "A diet lacking trace iodine weakens the thyroid function; this leads to formation of albuminous toxins which affect the brain and nervous system adversely." 49
Iodine causes the metabolism to increase the pulse rate, to increase respiration, to increase arterial pressure, to lower and increases the quantity of urine. It is necessary for the proper utilization of oxygen and improves the assimilation of certain mineral salts. Manganese and magnesium assimilation is defective in the absence of iodine. Iodine keeps the brain from becoming liquefied which can lead to idiocy, manic depression or other psychoses. The lymph system also needs iodine whose function is in absorption and assimilating essential fluids of materials entering the circulatory system.
A sign of iodine hunger is extreme nervousness. A deficiency of iodine leads to cell destruction especially in the brain. Blood that is loaded with toxins can be carried to the brain and other parts of the body and the brain is not properly oxygenated. This can lead to anxiety disorders. "Iodine is used by the thyroid gland to produce an important hormone called thyroxine. This hormone helps regulate energy production, body temperature, breathing, muscle tone and the manufacture and breakdown of tissues. Iodine deficiency usually results in an enlargement of the thyroid gland known as a goiter, visible as a swelling on the front of the throat." 50 When iodine reserves are exhausted the cells in the brain and other parts of the body destroy themselves. A person that is iodine deficient may tend to fidget or jump around from one place to another. Iodine is essential for metabolism and has a number of important functions in the body.
There are some foods that block the uptake of iodine into the thyroid gland when eaten raw, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, pears, spinach, turnips and kale. If an individual has an under active (hypo) thyroid they should avoid or limit the consumption of these foods.
39. Robert Garrison, Jr., M.A., R.Ph. & Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D., The Nutrition Desk Reference, Third Edition, (Keats Publishing, Inc., 1995), pg. 194.
40. Bernard Jensen, Ph.D., The Chemistry of Man, (Bernard Jensen, 1983) page 196.
41. The Editors of Prevention Health Books, Healing with Vitamins, (RodalePress, Inc., 1996)