Iodine is a crucial trace element that is primarily responsible for thyroid function. It also helps promote hair growth and prevent hair loss, which is why it is a key ingredient of nutrient-rich Frummi. But iodine is also vital element for many other bodily processes.
GOOD TO KNOW
Iodine is an essential non-metallic trace element. As a halogen, it plays a key role in the human body. Iodine hardly ever appears in its pure form or in the natural environment. It’s a solid substance that evaporates during heating to a violet-coloured gas (hence its original name in ancient Greek, Ioeides).
Like other essential substances, this trace element cannot be produced by the body, but is vital for all living organisms. Daily requirement is about 200mg on average, but varies depending on age, gender and lifestyle.
In most cases, however, it is advisable to take slightly more than this amount, as the body’s requirement for iodine can change due to external factors.
HISTORY OF IODINE
Iodine was first extracted (from seaweed) in 1812. But it was another hundred years before the significance of this trace element, and especially its importance for the thyroid gland, was properly understood, when research revealed the link between thyroid dysfunction and iodine deficiency.
In the Ice Age, iodine found its way into the sea from the soil via glacier meltwater. Today much of our soil is deficient in iodine, and therefore lacking in many of our foods.
FOODS CONTAINING IODINE
Many foods contain iodine. A primary source is saltwater fish, especially cod or haddock. Others include:
Grain products and freshwater fish have only a very small amount of iodine. Iodine content varies from food to food, and is sensitive to loss during processing.
That is why this trace element is a key element in many supplements such as Frummi.
BENEFITS OF IODINE
Iodine is vital for the formation of thyroid hormones, which are vital for the body’s various metabolic processes. It is indirectly involved in:
Iodine is also present in low amounts in the bile, salivary glands, muscles and eyes. Symptoms of deficiency include enlarged thyroid gland, uncontrolled weight gain, anxiety, insomnia, severe depression, poor digestion, difficulty swallowing and sensitivity to cold.
Overdoses of iodine can over time also lead to serious health problems, such as overactive thyroid gland, skin rashes and Graves’ disease. Pregnant women should ensure they have a balanced iodine intake in order not to risk developmental disorders or thyroid problems in the foetus.
Iodine AND FRUMMI – AN EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIP AGAINST HAIR LOSS
A balanced iodine intake helps promote healthy hair, hair growth and strong hair roots. As a result, it can help prevent hair loss and maintain strong, resistant hair structures over the long term.
This is why the trace element is one of the essential ingredients in Frummi. In combination with other vital hair nutrients such as Vitamin A and folic acid, it helps revitalise the hair and strengthen the hair.