The health benefits of dietary iodine are not so much ‘benefits’ as they are essential requirements for optimal health. Without sufficient dietary iodine many of our body’s systems and functions (particularly the thyroid) will operate below par, and a prolonged deficiency will cause disease.
Dietary iodine in the correct amount is essential for good health and recovery from chronic disease, but I’m suggesting that supplementary iodine (except in rare cases such as pregnancy and under medical supervision) is potentially very dangerous and is unnecessary.
Instead, whether we eat a standard UK (SUK) diet or standard American (SAD) diet (or a whole food plant-based diet), we need to make a conscious effort to eat some iodine-containing foods such as; potatoes, dark leafy greens, or small amounts of dulse (my favourite). Read more . . .