Nutritional deficiencies also play a big role in thyroid dysfunction. These include deficiencies of
iodine, vitamin D, omega-3 fats, selenium, zinc, vitamin A, and the B vitamins. Most people simply aren't getting enough iodine in their diet to begin with. The amount you get from iodized salt is just barely enough to prevent you from getting a goiter.
How Much Iodine Do You Need for Thyroid Health?In Japan, the daily dose of iodine obtained from the diet averages around 2,000 to 3,000 micrograms (mcg) or 2-3 milligrams (mg), and there's reason to believe this may be a far more adequate amount than the US recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 150 mcg. Some argue for even higher amounts than that, such as Dr. Brownstein, who recommends 12.5 milligrams (mg) on a regular basis. Another proponent of higher iodine amounts is Guy Abraham, an ob-gyn and endocrinologist at the University of Southern California. There's a fairly careful study showing that the thyroid gland does not start to downregulate until we get to 14 or 14.5 milligrams of total iodine and iodide. This is probably why Dr. Abraham first, and then others, have designed both liquids and tablets that come out with 12 or 12.5 mg. For most women, six to six and a quarter milligrams, and for the guys, who don't have as much massive breast tissue, recommendations are to stay with three milligrams.
Iodine Helps Protect Breast Health Too...There's compelling research suggesting that iodine is equally important for breast health, and that iodine – not iodide – combines with a lipid to form molecules that actually kill breast cancer cells. "Breasts are big sponges for iodine," according to Dr. Wright, a leading researcher. "Not iodide so much; that's the thyroid gland. But if you have enough iodine, why, those molecules are just sitting there ready waiting to kill new breast cancer cells!" According to Dr. Wright, iodine is also crucial for other breast-related problems, such as fibrocystic breast disease, for which iodine works nearly every time. Interestingly, for severe cases, it's recommended to swab the entire cervix with iodine. For breast cancer prevention, most physicians recommend more than three milligrams of iodine for women.
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