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Non-vegetarians get all the iodine they need from iodized salt, seafood, and other animal products. In one study of 84 people, nine percent of those eating a mixed diet had low iodine, but 25 percent of the vegetarians and 80 percent of the vegans were deficient in this important mineral.

Iodine helps metabolize carbohydrate and fats, maintains the health of skin, nerves, and the GI tract, and lowers blood cholesterol as it keeps the thyroid gland functioning properly.

Good sources of iodine include iodized salt, kelp, and dairy products. If you don’t eat any of these foods on a regular basis, talk to your doctor about taking an iodine supplement.

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, May/June 2005. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.


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