Iodine with Kelp is indicated for hypothyroidism, goiter caused by deficient iodine intake, andÄhosewanting to prevent or early treat iodine-deficiency. For those with hypothyroidism, Iodine with Kelp can help increase energy levels, and reduce fatigue, mental sluggishness, and weight gain. Since normal thyroid function and thus sufficient iodine levels are required for proper fat and cholesterol metabolism, Iodine with Kelp can also reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. It is also helpful for maintaining the health of hair, skin, and nails.
Iodine with Kelp combines Potassium Iodideva form of iodine that is easily and quickly taken up by the thyroid gland, and Kelp, a brown algae that is rich in iodine and other important vitamins and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, niacin, riboflavin, and Choline. Kelp also contains algin, a polysaccharide which has been used to help pull out intestinal toxins and heavy metals. Iodine is a trace mineral required for the production of thyroid hormones that regulate the metabolic energy of the body and set the basal metabolic rate(BMR). Iodine must be obtained regularly through diet, as the body does not store the mineral and eliminates it quickly.
Most of the iodine in the body is concentrated in the thyroid. A small percentage is also found in the muscles, skin, bones, and blood. The two main thyroid hormones, T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) contain roughly one-fourth of thyroid iodine and the rest is in the precursor molecules of these hormones. The thyroid hormones are responsible for the body's use of energy, known as the basal metabolic rate
(BMR). The hormones are critical for cell respiration and the production of ATP energy. T 3 and T4 are also required for normal growth and development, protein synthesis, and energy metabolism. Because thyroid stimulates energy production and the basal metabolic rate, it influences nearly all body functions, including reproduction, mental state, nerve and bone formation, and the condition of the skin, hair, nails, and teeth. Thyroid and iodine levels also affect cholesterol synthesis, carbohydrate absorption, and the conversion of RNA to protein and carotene to vitamin A. Iodine may also help the body deactivate unwanted toxins and bacteria and thus be important in immune support. Some believe that insufficient iodine levels can increase the risk of certain cancers, such as breast, ovary, and uterus. Low iodine levels may also be found in those with fibrocystic breast disease.