8 Iodine Uses in the Body: Benefits and Risks for Your Health

The many and important iodine uses in the body make it one of the most significant trace elements.

Iodine is a non-metallic mineral element that plays several key roles in the body’s nervous and endocrine systems, however, it is not produced in the body. Therefore testing for iodine levels and management through diet and possible supplementation are really important to maintaining a healthy body and mind.

 

The 8 benefits of iodine on your health  

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Which iodine test is the best?

Which iodine test is the best?

With iodine present in every organ in the body, not only the thyroid gland, the benefits of having adequate levels of iodine are clearly important for a healthy functioning body.

The iodine loading test is an accurate way to measure your iodine levels. 

Establishing the correct level of iodine in your system is especially important due to the side effects of both over and undersupply of iodine. Iodine levels can be effectively identified through urine or saliva testing and once known, decisions can be made regarding supplementation.

If you have four or more of the symptoms listed below you should consider testing to establish your iodine level.

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Am I Iodine Deficient?

Many people unknowingly struggle with a deficiency of iodine.

Iodine? Didn’t they talk about that in chemistry class, something about turning potatoes black?

Yes, this is true, but most Americans actually associate the word iodine with salt. Which isn’t surprising when you consider that 70%–76% of U.S. families use iodized salt to enhance their food’s flavor. Iodized salt was introduced as a general measure to make sure we could get enough iodine through our diet.  A finding of this research indicates 47 of 88 able salt brands contained less than the recommended daily intake of iodine. So if you are relying on this method to get your iodine you may not be getting what you thought [1] and by7 default you may be iodine deficient.

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