Whats Hot...Iodine

Iodine is an essential micro-nutrient that is required for normal human growth and development, and to make the thyroid hormones that control the body’s metabolism and many other important functions.
Our body can’t product iodine, so we rely on food sources including seaweed, seafood and some amounts in milk, eggs and fortified food. However, our modern diets are increasingly insufficient in iodine which has led to Iodine deficiency on a wide scale, especially in the UK which now ranks seventh among the ten most iodine-deficient nations in the world.

The key at risk groups for low iodine status include teenage girls and young women, where dairy and fish intake are in decline due to focus on calorie intake, with a study within the highly regarded medical journal The Lancet, showing that 76% of school aged girls have a diet sufficient in iodine. Those that avoid dairy and fish such as vegans are also at risk and The Vegan Society recommends that vegans should supplement their diet in order to achieve the UK recommended Iodine intake for adults of 140µg per day.

For more information on iodine and seaweed, which is one of the only natural vegan sources of iodine, we have a great overview from Dr Craig Rose, aka Doctor Seaweed in our new Healthcare Buying Guide.
See below for our top vegan-friendly seaweed based sources of iodine:

Click on the image below for our top Iodine product picks.