Eggs are good for us! Unless, we have autoimmune diseases, and in this case, thyroid problems.
IODINE and the THYROID
Iodine is an essential element for our health, it enables the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones.
Three iodine molecules are added to make T3 (triiodothyronine), and four for T4 (thyroxine) — the two key hormones produced by the thyroid gland — so iodine is essential to the production of these two hormones of the master gland of metabolism.
Too much or too little iodine is detrimental to someone with a thyroid condition. We need the proper amount of iodine for optimal thyroid function.
- A severe iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism, and even developmental brain disorders and severe goiter.
- Less severe iodine deficiency is linked to hypothyroidism, thyroid enlargement (goiter) and hyperthyroidism.
- At the other end of the spectrum, excessive iodine intake — both severe and moderate — is also associated with hypothyroidism and goiter.
So, as you can see, too much or too little, iodine is a big player in thyroid health.
EGG YOLKS and IODINE
In the United States, iodine has been voluntarily supplemented in table salt (70 mcg/g). Salt was selected as the medium for iodine supplementation because intake is uniform across all socioeconomic strata and across seasons of the year, supplementation is achieved using simple technology, and the program is inexpensive.
If iodine were not added to salt, the primary sources of dietary iodine
- saltwater fish
- and trace amounts in grains
The upper limit of safe daily iodine intake is 1100 mcg/day for adults; it is lower for children.
EGG YOLKS: Other major sources of dietary iodine in the United States are
- egg yolks
- and milk products
because of iodine supplementation in chicken feed, the treatment of milk cows and cattle with supplemental dietary iodine to prevent hoof rot and increase fertility, and the use of iodophor cleaners by the dairy industry.
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Use this link to find out more: http://www.thyca.org/rai.htm
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