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Health Tip: Get the Facts on Iodine

It's an essential part of your diet

(HealthDay News) -- If you're dwelling on the subject of getting enough minerals, then calcium, iron and potassium may be more on your mind than iodine.

But don't neglect the latter, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says.

  • Your body doesn't produce iodine, so you have to get it through diet. It's essential for thyroid hormone production.
  • Iodine deficiency can be a serious problem for pregnant women and their babies. Table salt contains iodine, but people on a low-salt diet may not be getting enough.
  • Iodine is essential for healthy brain development of a fetus.
  • Iodized salt, seaweed, seafood and saltwater fish are good sources of iodine.

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