Iodine RDA, Rich Food Sources
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Natural Food Sources Containing Iodine
Natural foods rich in iodine, a trace element that is naturally present in particular foods, include iodized salt, potassium salts, fish and shellfish, milk, grain products, eggs, kelp, nori, wakame, kombu, seaweed, fruits, vegetables, human breast milk and infant formulas.
Because iodine is found naturally in the earth's soil, foods in harvested crops also contain amounts of iodine. Depending upon the area where the crops are planted, the content varies with some areas being iodine-deficient.
It may also be purchased as a dietary supplement.
Iodine Nutrition Benefits for the Body
General - Essential for thyroid efficiency. In turn, thyroid hormones determine the productivity and efficiency of the metabolism. Therefore, we can easily see why having a healthy thyroid is essential for dieters because it greatly impacts metabolic rate and performance.
Therapeutic Uses for Iodine
May assist in the treatment of the following: thyroid disturbances, cognitive impairment, cretinism, fibrocystic breast disease, goiter, hyperthyrodism, hypothrodism, multiple miscarriages.
Iodine Deficiency Symptoms
Hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, drowsy. If you are experiencing weight gain and have not been consuming more calories than your recommended weight supports, please get with your doctor for testing as your weight gain might be the cause of a thyroid imbalance.
Food Sources for Iodine and Content
Iodine Recommended Daily Amounts (RDA) in Micrograms (μg/d):
Males & Females:
Birth to 6 months old - 110 mcg
All Ages - 220 mcg
All Ages - 290 mcg
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