Daily Amount Needed

Adults should get 150 mcgs per day.

The children's recommendation for iodine is 70 to 150 mcg (that is micrograms).

Iodine Information

Iodine helps regulate the rate of energy production and body weight and promotes proper growth. It also promotes healthy hair, nails, skin and teeth.

In countries where iodine is deficient in the soil, rates of hypothyroidism, goiter and retarded growth from iodine deficiency are very high.

In developed countries, however, because iodine is added to table salt, iodine deficiencies are rare.

Fruit Sources:

Fruits grown in iodine-rich soils contain iodine.

Vegetable Sources:

Vegetables grown in iodine-rich soils contain iodine.

Nut/Grain Sources:

Nuts grown in iodine-rich soils contain iodine.

Meat/Protein Sources:

Proteins produced in iodine-rich areas contain iodine.

Legume Sources:

Most legumes do not contain a significant amout of iodine

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