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How Iodine Deficiency May Affect Your Child's Brain Function and IQ

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  • Iodine is used by your thyroid gland to help regulate metabolism and development of both skeleton and brain, among other things. Lack of iodine may severely affect your child’s brain function and IQ
  • Iodine deficiency can also cause hypothyroidism, goiter, mental retardation, cretinism, and certain forms of cancer
  • While US RDA for iodine may be insufficient for optimal health and brain function, recent research also casts doubt on high-dose iodine supplementation, as researchers found a dose-dependent relationship between daily intake of 800 mcg of total iodine and higher, with onset of subclinical hypothyroidism
  • Three additional factors that play an important role in the development of proper brain function and high IQ in children are: the animal-based omega-3 fat DHA, vitamin D, avoiding fluoride, and optimizing gut flora

By Dr. Mercola

In this fascinating video, taped at last year's Restorative Medicine Conference in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Jorge Flechas, MD discusses the importance of total body iodine sufficiency, and how lack of iodine might severely affect your child's brain and intellectual prowess. Iodine is an essential trace element required for the synthesis of hormones, and the lack of it can also cause or contribute to the development of:

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