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Iodine’s role in child growth, metabolism, and fertility

 Iodine’s role in child growth, metabolism, and fertilityIodine is involved in the body’s production of thyroid hormones, and we humans need plenty of iodine throughout life, especially during periods such as fetal development and child development. Iodine is also important for brain development and cognitive skills. Severe iodine deficiency during pregnancy and during a child’s first years of life may result in stunted growth and/or mental retardation, but there has been uncertainty about how a minor iodine deficiency affects the child before and after birth. In a review article that is published in Nutrients, the authors look closer at iodine’s role in fertility and child growth. Apparently, iodine deficiencies are quite common, and we even need selenium and other nutrients to secure a well-functioning thyroid gland.

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Overview of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids


Overview of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids

Vitamins, minerals, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and Q10 are nutrients that we need in certain quantities in order to support vital body functions.
Nutritional supplements containing vitamins and minerals must be labeled in accordance with the reference values.

This overview serves as general information about the different vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids and how they work.

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the Vitamin and Mineral Guide

B vitamins in general

B vitamins in generalB vitamins are water-soluble and because they do not get stored in the body, we humans depend on regular intake of them. B vitamins work in synergy in a highly complicated teamwork setup. They take part in most of the body's enzymatic processes, some more actively than others. The uptake of B vitamins depends on gastric acid and digestion.

B vitamins:

Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
Vitamin B3 (niacin)
VitaminB5 (pantothenic acid)
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Biotin (vitamin B7, vitamin B8, vitamin H)
Folic acid (folate, folacin, vitamin B9)
Vitamin B12 (several types of cobalamin)

Vitamin-like substances with a chemical structure similar to that of B vitamins

Vitamin B10 (para-aminobenzoic acid)
Vitamin B13 (orotic acid)
Vitamin B15 (pangamic acid)
Vitamin B17 (amygdalin)

B vitamins and their importance and functions in general (read more about the individual B vitamins)

  • Energy metabolism and energy levels
  • Blood cells
  • Nervous system
  • Hormonal system
  • Immune system
  • Digestive system
  • Skin and hair
  • Muscles
  • Reduction of tiredness and exhaustion
  • Several B vitamins function as antioxidants

Deficiency symptoms

  • Fatigue and low stress threshold
  • Anemia
  • Nervousness and tension
  • Constipation and irritable colon
  • Insomnia
  • Skin and hair problems
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Menstrual problems
  • Fluid retention (oedemas)

Deficiencies and poor utilisation may be caused by

  • Industrial processing of food (shelling, milling, and preservation)
  • Boiling and intense cooking
  • Excessive consumption of sugar and white flour
  • Excessive consumption of coffee and black tea
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and other stimulants
  • Antibiotics, contraceptive pills, diuretics, and antacids
  • Too little stomach acid and compromised intestinal flora
  • Stress


Fresh, green and coarse foods such as whole-grain, oats, legumes, vegetables, fruit, brown rice, garlic, nuts, sees, kernels, seaweed, brewer's yeast plus liver, meat, and fish.

Increased need

  • Above mentioned deficiency symptoms
  • Pregnancy and lactation
  • Stress
  • Overconsumption of coffee and black tea
  • Overconsumption of alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, and other stimulants
  • Antibiotics, contraceptive pills, diuretics, and antacids
  • Stress

Important information

  • Deficiency symptoms typically occur as a result of modern lifestyles with too much processed food, sugar, stimulants, medical drugs, and stress
  • Since B vitamins work in synergy in the body it is normally best to take them together in a complex
  • Because B vitamins are water-soluble it is generally best to take them in between several main meals in the course of the day for the optimal effect
  • Avoid taking B vitamin supplements in the case of bacterial infections, as bacteria use B vitamins for their growth
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