Iodine deficiency is more common than you might think, but seaweed holds the answer…
Iodine deficiency is a major issue in the UK. The naturally occurring element iodine is essential for normal thyroid function. It is a micro-nutrient found in many foods such as dairy, shell fish, and eggs. It is recommended that adults consume 150 micrograms of iodine per day. However, many adults and children in the UK suffer from an iodine deficiency.
Up to 76% of school-aged girls suffer from an iodine deficiency. This is partially due to dietary shifts in recent years, which have seen people cutting out seafood and dairy in order to sustain a vegan lifestyle, increasing the chances of developing an iodine deficiency.
Yet, this does not have to be the case. You can have a healthy diet without suffering from an iodine deficiency, and I Seaweed is here to tell you how.
How does an iodine deficiency affect your thyroid health?
The UK ranks seventh in the top 10 countries suffering from an iodine deficiency, according to Iodine Global Network UK. But seaweed is an effective source of iodine, and using I Seaweed products is an excellent way to improve your iodine intake. Iodine plays a major role in the normal functioning of the thyroid – a gland found in the neck. The thyroid is responsible for the regulation of our metabolisms, as well as normal growth and development. For expectant mothers, having a diet that is sufficient in iodine is crucial for the development of their unborn child.
Use seaweed to beat your iodine deficiency by boosting your iodine intake
Seaweed is a fantastic, naturally occurring source of iodine. However, some species have it in higher concentrations than others. Spirulina can be found in some high-street chain stores, but the seaweed we use in our products, Ascophyllum Nodosum, has significantly greater levels of iodine, gram for gram, helping you beat your iodine deficiency.
By taking two of our seaweed capsules per day, you can consume as much iodine as you would by eating 3 whole mackerels – as well as maintaining a vegetarian or vegan diet. Or, you could try our naturally oak smoked seaweed powder to encourage the whole family increase their iodine intake and tackle the risk of iodine deficiency. By using just 1 teaspoon in your everyday cooking, you’re introducing an iodine content equivalent to 12 whole mackerels. Seaweed’s flavour-boosting properties make it a fantastic salt replacement, which helps you cut down the amount of sodium you’re intaking whilst lowering your risk of iodine deficiency! Find inspiration from some of our fantastic recipes that use our seaweed powder.
When it comes to tackling an iodine deficiency,
all seaweed is good… but some is just better!
The seaweed used in our I Seaweed products has been specially selected from the pristine lochs of the Scottish Outer Hebrides. Doctor Seaweed® ensures that only the best seaweed is carefully chosen to introduce the most benefits to your diet, including iodine to lower the risk of iodine deficiency.
Every batch that’s harvested is sent to UK laboratories so that iodine levels can be recorded. Alongside this, all our seaweed has DNA Authentication, and can be traced back to the individual that harvested it! Our seaweed products are 100% natural, and are simply harvested, dried, and milled. Nothing is added and nothing is taken away. We are passionate about the quality of our products. Our very own Dr. Craig Rose contributed to a research paper focusing on the different iodine contents between seaweed species. Only those best suited to helping fight iodine deficiency were then selected for the products you can find at I Seaweed.
For any more information on using seaweed to tackle iodine deficiency please get in touch with Doctor Seaweed® himself.
Our products should be used as part of a healthy and varied diet. Iodine can be harmful if consumed in excess.