Iodine – a link

Iodine is essential for all glands in the body not just the thyroid gland. It also helps with energy production by mitochondria and can protect against oxidative stress as an antioxidant. It also helps the immune system and may become essential for treatment of antibiotic resistant microbes.

It is important to have adequate selenium but not excess, no more than 200 micrograms per day, to help protect against excess thyroid hormone. Selenium is necessary for the enzyme that breaks down excess thyroid hormone (each molecule of thyroid hormone contains 3 or 4 atoms of iodine). Food sources of iodine and selenium are available in G9, Iodine & Thyroid.

Link with history of use of iodine medically and dosages used and a review of the role of iodine in health:

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