Iodine Deficiency in Women
When one thinks of nutritionally important minerals, certain elements come to mind: calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron, to name a few. However, other elements can be equally important for long term health – starting in utero. MacKay, Wong and Nguyen report in the Natural Medicine Journal (July 2015, Vol. 7 Issue 7) that emphasizes the importance of this nutrient during pregnancy. The authors suggest that moderate iodine deficiency is correlated with negative clinical outcomes including abnormal neurological development of infants during pregnancy and increased risk for decreased IQ. Furthermore, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey suggest that pregnant and lactating women in North America are at risk for insufficient iodine intake. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends pregnant and lactating women achieve an intake of at least 150 mcg iodine each day. Details can be found at the Council for Responsible Nutrition Website: http://www.crnusa.org/CRNPR15-PublicHealthOrganizationsCRNIodine0815.html
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