18 Facts About Iodine and What To Look Out For

Seaweed is naturally rich in iodine, but the content varies by type…

Seaweed is naturally rich in iodine, but the content varies by type…

Continuing our series of blog posts on iodine, a mineral essential to your healthy life, we make you aware of two helpful videos which provide more information on just how beneficial iodine is, and what to look out for if your iodine levels are low.

It turns out that iodine is really good for us in a whole bunch of ways. 18 of them, as it happens, according to Doctor Scott Health in this video 18 Facts You Didn’t Know About Iodine. Filmed on the coast of Santa Barbara in California, our very chirpy presenter delivers all 18 of them in about the first 4 minutes of this 5-and-a-half-minute video.

We won’t list all 18 facts here, but to whet your appetite, here’s a selection of the many ways iodine helps you:

  • It rejuvenates the hair, skin and nails

  • It helps you lose fat and gain muscle (the metabolic regulation thing)

  • It bolsters the immune system

  • It protects against cancers in glandular tissue (thyroid, breast, prostate, and so on)

  • It helps prevent migraines (who knew?)

  • It’s a natural antiseptic

  • It’s a natural detox agent (again, who knew?)

OK, so that’s the plus side of getting your RI - or Reference Intake - of this most essential of vitamins. On a more serious note, this video from Healthline Authority Nutrition covers the 5 signs and symptoms of iodine deficiency. It’s 3-and-a-half minutes long, easy to understand and very informative. Here are the big 5:

  1. Swelling in the neck

  2. Unexpected weight gain

  3. Fatigue and weakness

  4. Hair loss

  5. Dry, flaky skin

Fortunately, the cure for 4 of these issues is usually, as you might have expected, to increase your iodine intake, either in the form of iodised salt or with iodine-rich foods like seaweed. On the hair loss front, sadly iodine levels can’t provide a miracle cure, but the research indicates that the rate of hair loss speeds up in those who are genetically pre-disposed to the condition and whose iodine intake is low.

So there you have it: why iodine is great and what to look out for if you’re deficient in it. smRt seaweed blends and retail products are the result of years of experimentation with the right types of Irish seaweed, in the right quantities, to give you the right amount of iodine in your daily diet. Now you know how good it is for you and what the stakes are if you don’t get enough!