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Iodine (I) Information

Iodine is a dark-gray/purple-black solid that sublimates at standard temperatures into a purple-pink gas that has an irritating odor. It's a kind of minerals for most living organisms. Iodine is primarily used in medicine, photography and in dyes.

Iodine forms compounds with many elements, and has some metallic-like properties. Iodine may have a number of other important functions in the body unrelated to thyroid function that might help people with a wide variety of conditions. Some of compounds are used to cure people. Potassium iodide tablets or liquid drops can be given to people in a nuclear disaster area to aviod goiter.

Benefits to our body

Childhood intelligence in newborns. To avoid people in thinking confused. It's vital for the production of the thyroid hormones tri-iodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) which control the metabolic rate. If we don't take enough iodine we will get goiter, hypothyroidism and fibrocystic breast disease

Food Resource

The best dietary sources of iodine are kelp and other seaweeds. Other good sources are turnip greens, garlic, watercress, pineapples, pears, artichokes, citrus fruits, egg yolk and seafoods and fish liver oils. Processed food may contain added iodized salt. Vegetables grown in iodine-rich soil also contain this mineral.


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