How much iodine does your body need?
The amount of iodine you need depends on your age. The recommended average daily intake in micrograms (mcg) are the following:
• Birth to 6 mos ……………..110 mcg
• Infants 7 to 12 mos………. 130 mcg
• Children 1 to 8 yrs………… 90 mcg
• Children 9 to 13 yrs………. 120 mcg
• Teens 14 to 18 yrs………… 150 mcg
• Adults ……………………… 150 mcg
• Pregnant women………….. 220 mcg
• Breastfeeding women…….. 290 mcg
External sources of iodine
At the store you have a choice between iodized and non-iodized salt. Iodized salt is encouraged as a source of necessary iodine. But iodized salt provides only a small fraction of your minimum iodine intake.
Too much intake of salt sodium contributes to cardiovascular conditions including high blood pressure so salt usage is discouraged. However, since it supplies such a small amount of daily iodine needs, giving up salt will have no significant effect on your iodine needs.
Several foods are better sources of iodine including:
• Fish, seaweed, shrimp, and other seafood.
• Dairy products and eggs
• Enriched macaroni
• Canned tuna
• Dried prunes
• Apple juice
• Frozen green peas
Fibrocystic Breast Changes
Formally known as “fibrocystic breast disease”, Fibrocystic Breast Changes is not a disease. It’s a condition that usually occurs between the ages of 30 and 50.
Fibrocystic Breast Changes are among the non-cancerous causes of breast pain (mastalgia). The condition is the result of a malfunctioning thyroid gland that depends on iodine for its principal function of producing essential hormones. Your thyroid converts iodine into those hormones.
The symptoms of Fibrocystic Breast Changes include:
• Generalized pain
• Breast nodules that change size with menstruation.
• Nonbloody dark discharge from the nipple
• Any breast change that occurs in both breasts
• Increased pain that occurs regularly during each mid-ovulation
Fibrocystic breast changes are cyclic mastalgia caused by a malfunctioning thyroid gland. Iodine supplements are often a panacea for breast pain attributable to fibrocystic breast changes. A malfunctioning thyroid might experience an iodine deficiency that can be remedied with breast pain supplements.
Iodine Dietary Supplements
Most people get their daily intake of iodine from natural foods and beverages. But some people must seek other sources to meet their daily requirements.
Pregnant women need about 50% more iodine than other women. In the first few months of pregnancy they may not have a taste for iodine-rich foods. So they might need dietary supplements. Some non-pregnant people just won’t eat those iodine-rich natural foods so they don’t get their minimum daily intake.
Non-pregnant women experience cyclic mastalgia regularly with each menstruation. This is particularly a time when mood swings interfere with healthy natural dietary practice that might otherwise be sustaining their increased need of iodine. PMS breast supplements have shown to be effective for reducing associated breast pain.
Also, the iodine mineral is naturally present in the soil, ocean, rivers, or other waters which provide the iodine in local crops and fish. But people who live where soils or waters that are not iodine-rich may need supplements to meet their daily iodine needs.
Iodine supplements are typically marketed as potassium iodide or sodium iodide. Some supplements contain seaweed that is a natural source of iodine. Others combine iodine with other essential trace elements such as selenium.
In America where iodine sufficiency is in decline the use of breast pain supplements is of increasing importance.