The Role of Iodine in Breast Health

Dietary minerals and supplementsWhen planning any supplement strategy for your health there is one question that should be answered before you begin the process of researching different vitamins and supplements. The question is, “What area am I targeting?” Once you’ve decided what your goals are you can begin to chose the supplements that are best suited to that particular part of the body.

Supplement strategies are a popular way to have some control over preventative health. Such preventative health measures are often used within the realm of breast health and breast cancer prevention. So, what supplements are best for breast health? While they’re are a number of beneficial vitamins and supplements, the focus here is on the role of iodine in breast health.

Iodine is a mineral found in many foods including tuna, dried seaweed, bananas, and navy beans. It is responsible for producing the hormones necessary for healthy thyroid function. In addition, breast tissue has a high concentration of iodine. Because breasts need such a high concentration of iodine to remain healthy and balanced, it can be difficult to know if you are getting enough in your diet. Daily recommended amounts vary by age and should be discussed with a doctor.

Iodine deficiency can lead to a number of different issues including fibrocystic breast disease which leads to the growth of cysts in the breast tissue. Without adequate levels of iodine to keep estrogen levels in check, the breasts can suffer from estrogenic stimulation. Unfortunately, many women go undiagnosed or unreported for iodine deficiency. Talk to your doctor about you iodine levels and see if an iodine supplement strategy is right for you.

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