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Weight Gain Linked To Iodine Deficiency

Iodine is a key element that is missing from most diets and low levels have been linked to tiredness, weight gain and many other conditions.


Seaweed has found its way into trendy restaurants, and traditional dishes, but now an independent Study at Glasgow University has found that  63% of the UK population are deficient in iodine, the principal element it contains.

Symptoms of iodine deficiency

*   weight gain

*   feeling tired

*   loss of energy

*   dry/brittle nails

*  dry hair and skin

*   low thyroid

*   feelings of being run down

*   aching muscles

Why seaweed?

The study used a new supplement which contains organic seaweed which is being hailed for its powerful health and beauty benefits. Women who have a diet that is low  in dairy products and seafood they say would benefit from a daily seaweed supplement to boost vital iodine levels.

Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Milla Jovovich and Oprah Winfrey are reported to be big fans of adding seaweed to their diet, but it is not advisable to just haul it off the seashore unless you know know exactly what to look for. You will also find iodine in mackerel, but the supplement tested was Napiers Seagreens Hebridean Kelp Supplement and the tests found a single capsule contained the same amount of iodine as eating one and a half whole mackerel a day.

The supplement contains extract of wild wrack seaweed from Scotland’s Outer Hebrides and it was found to it replenish the body’s levels of iodine in as little as three days.

More information

So many women are found to have low thyroid levels and a lack of iodine can be one of the main causes of an under active thyroid.  Because there are so many general symptoms linked to it there can be difficulty in diagnosing it, but even mild iodine deficiency can cause problems.