In a recent position statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, at least one third of pregnant and nursing American mothers are not getting enough iodine in their diets, even if they are taking a prenatal vitamin.
Iodine is necessary for thyroid function, which regulates metabolism and has a role in IQ and proper childhood development. Even marginally lower levels can result in severe mental abnormalities in children, including cretinism.
Why a high quality prenatal vitamin is important: According to the referenced article “A 2009 study in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at the iodine content of prenatal multivitamins and found a lower content than what is actually needed by a pregnant woman or a lactating woman in many of the vitamins tested, as well as a discordance between what was labeled as the amount of iodine vs what was actually in the vitamin. In addition, 13 of the brands studied had levels of iodine that were discordant by 50% or more, and 10 of those brands had values that were lower by 50% or more.” The article goes on to say that adequate levels of iodine would be difficult to get from diet alone because high seafood intake is not recommended for pregnant women due to high levels of mercury. In addition, people do not eat as much iodized salt, because they get their sodium intake from processed foods which do not contain iodine.
Environmental factors also can decrease iodine levels in the body: Nitrates in well water, chemicals in cigarette smoke, and perchlorates found in drinking water from wells in East Sacramento county (Reference) all deplete iodine. In addition, an article released by the Open Journal Of Pediatrics in 2013 stated there was a 16% increase in hypothyroid cases in children in the 5 US states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and postulated that it may be due to radiation released in the Fukushima accident in March 2011.
The supplements the Naturopathic Doctors at Human Reconstruction offer are the highest quality available. They are backed by research ensuring their absorbability and efficacy. Even if you are not pregnant, you should make sure that you are putting high quality nutrients in your body for its optimal functioning. If you are pregnant or nursing, it is even more important because another life depends upon you.