I did not eat a very iodine-rich diet while I was pregnant with my child.
Q. Dear Terry, “I did not eat a very iodine-rich diet while I was pregnant with my child. Fortunately, he is a healthy 8-year-old, but do you think he could still benefit from iodine?” — Kristine M., Calgary, Canada
A. Dear Kristine, I think iodine is incredibly useful for everyone – children through adult. Iodine deficiency is the number one preventable cause of intellectual disability worldwide. Many pregnant women are deficient in iodine, which subsequently causes iodine deficiency in the developing fetus. With that being said, I think you should discuss any iodine supplementation with your son’s pediatrician or healthcare practitioner.
Because we do not consume iodine on a regular basis, and we are more frequently exposed to iodine’s competitors, I think iodine deficiencies are very prevalent. Iodine performs many functions in the body and deficiencies can affect mood, attention span, language development, physical development, and IQ. In fact, a study done in 2005 found that children that were iodine deficient, in comparison to children who were iodine sufficient, had an IQ that was 12.5 points lower.
Each cell in the body has receptors for iodine. Some of the body’s tissues have a preference for a certain type of iodine, so I think it’s best to use three forms of iodine: potassium iodide, sodium iodide, and molecular iodine. I believe an appropriate dose for your son would be 500 mcg – 1000 mcg per day.
I know it can be difficult to get children to swallow capsules, so you may want to find a form that is chewable and has a tasty flavor.
Terry . . . Naturally