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When was the last time you have thought about your iodine intake? Most people have probably never given iodine much thought.  Although we don’t hear about this health-promoting trace element regularly does not mean that it is not an important part of our diets. Our bodies need iodine because it is absorbed by the thyroid gland to make and release hormones into our blood. These hormones are what help to regulate the way our metabolism functions.

In the US, commercial salt makers have long added iodine to salt in order to prevent deficiencies, which is common in many other countries. Although iodized salt has greatly increased our iodine intake, some of us are still deficient because of diet and recent health trends. We have become more conscious of our sodium intake and many have switched to using sea salt which is not iodized. The foods that are naturally rich in iodine are sea vegetables, fish and cow’s milk. Ironically, some of the most health conscious people are likely to be deficient such as those who follow a vegan diet.

If you feel that you may not consume enough iodine rich foods, there is an easy solution: Life Extension Sea-Iodine. This supplement is made from organic marine algae and contains 1000 mcg of iodine per capsule. Heinen’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Todd Pesek M.D., recommends that we take 3 mg of bioavailable iodine daily as part of his "Essential Five" daily supplements. You can find Life Extension Sea-Iodine in your Heinen’s Wellness Center. As always, remember to check with your doctor before beginning to take new supplements.

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