If you google iodine deficiency, you’ll see a number of websites that say, “Iodine deficiency is rare in the U.S.” But I was talking with a doctor friend of mine and he said that’s just not true. In fact, it’s so common, they pretty much assume that everyone coming into their clinic has a deficiency. So they test everyone and it’s rare that someone isn’t deficient. Naturally, they recommend supplementing with iodine. But there’s something you should take with iodine to make it work even better.
As you may know, iodine is vital for a properly functioning thyroid. When it’s deficient, you can develop hypothyroidism. Most of the people I talk to are very aware of iodine deficiency. But what they don’t know is that a deficiency in another mineral can worsen the impact of an iodine deficiency. In fact, taking enough of this mineral could prevent iodine deficiency in the first place. And it can prevent damage to your brain function that an iodine deficiency can cause.
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The mineral is selenium. Back in 1993, researchers found that taking selenium can help protect against some of the neurological effects of iodine deficiency. The damage iodine deficiency causes explains why many people with hypothyroidism lose their memory and go into a fog.
The researchers also found that selenium can help protect you from having an iodine deficiency in the first place. And it can help with thyroid hormone synthesis and thus thyroid efficiency. In other words, selenium may be all you need to take if your thyroid isn’t functioning properly. If that doesn’t correct your thyroid function, then taking it with iodine may make a huge difference in your thyroid’s ability to function properly.
So if you have a thyroid problem or a gastrointestinal disorder, ask your doctor to check your mineral levels. It’s quite possible you’re not getting enough selenium.
Most doctors recommend 200 mcg of selenium every day. If you’re already taking Healthy Resolve, you’re already getting this dose. However, you may need to take more if you have a stomach ailment. I’ll tell you why on Monday.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
Source: Am J Clin Nutr. 1993 Feb;57(2 Suppl):244S-248S.