Naturally rich in the mineral iodine to help support thyroid function. Iodine is a common deficiency in NZ women.
- Thyroid Dysfunction
Kelp is also naturally rich in the mineral iodine. Iodine is used in our bodies to help support thyroid function. This includes the synthesis of thyroid hormones which assist with growth, brain development and metabolism.
Research shows that supplementation of iodine is associated with greater cognitive improvements. Iodine is also especially important for foetal and neonatal brain development, hence why iodine requirements are increased during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
New Zealand soil however is low in iodine, meaning that fruits and vegetables grown in our soil are poor sources of iodine. A 2014-15 study found that some groups of women in New Zealand have a mild iodine deficiency. The re-emergence of iodine deficiency in New Zealand is believed to be a consequence of declining use of iodized salt and an increased consumption of processed foods not made with iodized salt. Our bodies do not produce iodine, therefore it is important that we get it from the foods we eat. Many common foods that are rich in iodine however, are not vegan friendly. This includes seafood, milk and eggs. One serving of Two Islands Protein Super Blend contains 100% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of iodine to support healthy thyroid function.