Dr. Dale's BioIodine is used to help Hypoactive Thyroid, Breast Health and Radiation Detoxification and Protection. Research shows that iodine is a necessary nutrient for the entire body including thyroid, breast and ovarian health.
For men and women: 60 veggie capsules per bottle. Fresh ingredients, No magnesium stearate or other fillers or binders in any of our products.
This formula contains biologically availaable iodine and chamomile to reduce irritation. Iodine source is sea vegetable Kelp, Selenium and Chamomile. Veggie caps. Good for thyroid, breasts, and ovarian health.
If you backpack in the mountains, you may have used iodine tablets to purify your drinking water. Or, perhaps you've used an iodine-based disinfectant to clean a minor skin wound. But did you know that iodine is essential to life?
Iodine, a trace mineral, is required by the body for the synthesis of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). (T4 contains 4 iodine atoms. When one of the iodine atoms is stripped off of T4, it becomes T3, with 3 iodine atoms remaining.)
Under normal circumstances, your body contains approximately 20 to 30 mg of iodine, most of which is stored in your thyroid gland, located in the front of your neck, just under your voice box. Smaller amounts of iodine are also found in lactating mammary glands, the stomach lining, salivary glands, and in the blood.
What is the function of iodine?
As a component of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), iodine is essential to human life. Without sufficient iodine, your body is unable to synthesize these hormones, and because the thyroid hormones regulate metabolism in every cell of the body and play a role in virtually all physiological functions, an iodine deficiency can have a devastating impact on your health and well-being.
Regulating thyroid hormones
The synthesis of thyroid hormones is tightly controlled. When the amount of thyroid hormone in your blood drops, the pituitary gland secretes a hormone called thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). As its name suggests, TSH then stimulates the thyroid gland to increase its uptake of iodine from the blood, so that more thyroxine (T4) can be synthesized. When necessary, thyroxine is then converted to the metabolically active triiodothyronine (T3), a process that involves removing one iodine atom from T4.
In areas where there is little iodine in the diet, typically remote inland areas and semi-arid equatorial climates where no marine foods are eaten, iodine deficiency gives rise to hypothyroidism, symptoms of which are extreme fatigue, goitre, mental slowing, depression, weight gain, and low basal body temperatures.
Iodine deficiency is the leading cause of preventable mental retardation, a result which occurs primarily when babies or small children are rendered hypothyroidic by a lack of the element. The addition of iodine to table salt has largely eliminated this problem in the wealthier nations, but as of March 2006, iodine deficiency remained a serious public health problem in the developing world. Iodine deficiency is also a problem in certain areas of Europe. In Germany it has been estimated to cause a billion dollars in health care costs per year.
Iodine may also help prevent diseases of the oral and salivary glands.
What events can indicate a need for more high-iodine foods?
- Goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland)
- Weight gain
Concentrated food sources of iodine include sea vegetables, yogurt, cow's milk, eggs, strawberries and mozzarella cheese. Fish and shellfish can also be concentrated sources of iodine.
Who is likely to be deficient? People who avoid dairy, seafood, processed food, and iodized salt can become deficient. Iodine deficiency can cause low thyroid function, goiter, and cretinism; however, iodine deficiencies are now uncommon in Western societies.