Iodine is a mineral nutrient which is unfortunately only available in insufficient quantities in our foodstuffs. It needs to be taken regularly, however, in order to maintain a multitude of bodily functions. As a key component of thyroid hormones, iodine is indispensable in the functioning thereof. Only with iodine can they fulfil their diverse tasks in the body.
The hormones control the growth and development of organs, the nervous system, the brain, the muscular system and the skeletal system. They play a decisive role in the intellectual development of your child. Furthermore, iodine is an important substance in maintaining normal skin and regulating the body’s energy balance.
A new British study verifies that children whose mothers took additional iodine during pregnancy were more intelligent than those who did not receive an adequate supply of iodine as a foetus.
Did you know? From the 12th week of pregnancy, the thyroid gland of your baby begins with its own hormone production! The thyroid gland is reliant solely on your iodine intake. It is thus very important to ensure that your body is supplied with adequate amounts of iodine particularly during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period when there is an even more significant need for this mineral.
Occurrence: Iodine is primarily found in saltwater fish and iodized table salt. Lower quantities of iodine are contained in milk and dairy products.
If you are currently being treated by your doctor for thyroid disease, you need to discuss with him/her whether you are permitted to take more iodine or if this is not possible due to your disorder.
If you are not allowed to take additional iodine, you will naturally still be keen to supply your child during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period with adequate amounts of folic acid and vitamin B12. After all, these two vitamins are essential for the development of your unborn baby.
You can easily cover the increased need for folic acid and vitamin B12 by taking a daily tablet of Folio®forte iodine-free containing 800 micrograms of folic acid + Vitamin B12 or Folio®forte iodine-free+D3 containing additional Vitamin D3 as soon as you begin planning to conceive and during the first three months of pregnancy.
Folio®iodine-free contains 400 micrograms of folic acid + vitamin B12 only – exactly the amount which you and your child need during the rest of your pregnancy and the breastfeeding period. With Folio®+D3, you will also have an intake of Vitamin D3.