Iodine may help to keep your breasts healthy.

Many parts of the world have iodine deficient soils. The upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions of the USA were once known as the “Goiter Belt” because of the prevalence of enlarged thyroid glands due to an iodine deficiency. Your thyroid gland requires iodine to produce hormones, but it is also critical for healthy breasts and ovaries in women.

Japanese women consume approximately 25 times more dietary iodine than North American women and have significantly lower breast cancer rates. Drinking fluoridated water reduces your ability to absorb iodine, increasing your risk of deficiency of this vital nutrient.

Being deficient in iodine increases a woman’s risk of fibrocystic breast disease (lumpy breasts), which can increase the risk of breast cancer. Supplementing with iodine can help to resolve the condition.

Iodine is found in seafood, seaweed, iodized salt and Breast Health Capsules.

References

Aceves C., et al., Is Iodine a Gatekeeper of the Integrity of the Mammary Gland?, Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia, 2005.

Vega-Riveroll L, Mondragón P, Rojas-Aguirre J rt al.,The antineoplasic effect of molecular iodine on human mammary cancer involves the activation of apoptotic pathways and the inhibition of angiogenesis. 2008

Ghent WR et al., Iodine Replacement in Fibrocystic Disease of the Breast, Can J Surg 1993