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Iodine: Health Benefits, Deficiency and Goiter

Iodine is a trace mineral that is part of thyroid hormones, which help regulate the rate at which the body uses energy. Therefore, this mineral is essential to metabolism. Iodized table salt is the main source of dietary iodine. Most people actually consume more iodine than is suggested, though iodine toxicity rarely occurs. Consuming more than 1,000 micrograms (1 milligram) of iodine per day can be dangerous, especially to the fetuses of pregnant women. Recommended […]