Iodine is essential for healthy thyroid function. The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland located in the neck. A healthy thyroid combines with amino acids and produces a number of hormones that play a major role in physiological functions. So, without further ado here are some vegan foods that contain iodine.
1. Some Types Of Salt
Regular table salt does not contain iodine and can be unhealthy. Instead, you can buy iodized salt which is basically table salt combined with minuscule amounts of iodine. You can also buy Himalayan rock salt. Unlike table salt Himalayan salt is not chemically processed and therefore retains many nutrients including a massive 250 micrograms of iodine in every 0.5 grams.
2. Sea Vegetables And Seaweed
Sea vegetables are an excellent source of iodine. Wakame and Nori are good but the highest amount can be found in Kelp. One serving of kelp contains around 2000 micrograms of iodine. Dried seaweed is perhaps the best source of iodine. A quarter of a serving can provide 4500 micrograms of iodine.
3. Baked Potatoes
The Iodine is in the skin. A medium-sized baked potato can provide 60 micrograms of iodine. The iodine content depends on the iodine content of the soil the potatoes is grown in, if the soil is iodine deficient so is the potatoe.
4. Butter Beans
Beans are a very versatile ingredient that can easily be incorporated into many dishes. A half cup serving of butter beans can provide 32 micrograms of iodine.
Cranberries are very healthy and contain high amounts of vitamins, antioxidants and fibre. They are also high in iodine a couple of ounces of cranberries can provide 200 milligrams of iodine.
6. Other Fruits And Vegetables
Strawberries, bananas, pineapples and rhubarb can all contain iodine. However, just like the potato, if the soil is deficient in iodine then it will impact the amount of iodine available in the food.
If you are vegan and you don’t think you eat enough of the vegan foods that have iodine in them, then you might want to consider supplementation. You can discuss this with a doctor. There are many types of iodine supplements on the market. Arguably, a non-seaweed supplement is the most reliable way of meeting your body’s need for iodine.
There are many vegan options when considering iodine supplementation. Amazon is a good source of options, Vitamin B Complex with B6, B12 and Iodine is an Amazon bestseller and is suitable for vegans.
UNIQUE FORMULA TO FULLY SUPPORT YOUR NEEDS. The B Complex contains all 8 Vitamins B to give you more energy and less pain every day. B Complex also has added Iodine from Sea Kelp to support the thyroid and boost metabolism. All these ingredients are compressed into one easy to swallow tablet. You get a 2-month supply in a bottle – you no longer risk that your supplement oxidates and loses its power when left open for many months!
It has been scientifically proven that B Group vitamins such as B12, folic acid or biotin stimulate growth of red blood cells, increase energy levels, support good eyesight, healthy brain function, proper nerve function or cardiovascular health. Iodine is paramount in thyroid support, boosting metabolism and improving cognitive functions. You can get all these benefits in one small tablet.
The importance of iodine
A lack of iodine in the diet can lead to enlarged thyroid glands, lethargy, fatigue, and an overall weakened immune system which can lead to illness and disease. An Iodine deficiency can also lead to a slow metabolism which can make you gain weight more easily. It is vitally important to make sure your body gets an adequate amount of iodine on a daily basis.
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