Article: Iodine Deficiency in Pregnancy: The Effect on Neurodevelopment in the Child

Link to :  sess 20 req read iodine

Click on the underlined link above to read a really interesting study on Iodine and pregnancy/foetal development.  Iodine is a trace mineral, which means that our body’s need a very small amount of it.  Without this essential mineral, as seen with deficiencies, the body cannot growth and develop normally.  This leads to a whole host of problems, but specifically thyroid issues.  The thyroid gland produces hormones that help with our immune system, helps regulate other hormones in our body, as well as, its vital role in the regulation of the growth/development.  Without Iodine the thyroid gland cannot do its job properly and this is especially damaging to a growing foetus.  Mental retardation is the major side effects seen in babies where their mothers did not have enough Iodine in their diet when pregnant. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get your daily Iodine is through Iodised salt.  Its that simple!  Read the article above to learn more about this essential trace mineral.  Thanks and enjoy.  Be aware and eat with care 🙂

Ref:  

Sheila A. Skeaff
Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago,  Nutrients 2011, 3, 265-273; doi:10.3390/nu3020265