Io­dine sta­tus

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A re­port has found that higher in­takes of dairy prod­ucts are linked with a bet­ter io­dine sta­tus in the body. A sur­vey by Safe­food found that Ire­land’s 4-15-year-old girls had ad­e­quate amounts of io­dine in their bod­ies mea­sured against guide­lines by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion. While io­dine de­fi­ciency is rare in the Western world, it is an im­por­tant min­eral re­quired in trace amounts for the pro­duc­tion of thy­roid hor­mones. Th­ese hor­mones are in­volved in many body pro­cesses in­clud­ing growth and reg­u­lat­ing our me­tab­o­lism. Io­dine suf­fi­ciency is es­pe­cially im­por­tant given the need for io­dine for the de­vel­op­ment of a baby’s brain in preg­nancy and early life.

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