KELP supports the Thyroid function

Ascophyllum nodosum contains organic iodine. It is used as a food additive by people with thyroid gland problems. This was one of the first uses of seaweeds in the West.

 

 

 

 

When we use marine products (fish, algae), which contain iodine in organic form, iodinated protein  breaks down into amino acids by the proteolytic enzymes in the small intestine. Iodine is bound with one of amino acids called tyrosine.

Then the iodinated amino acids enter the portal vein in the liver cells - hepatocytes.
The required amount of iodine goes into the blood and the thyroid gland and the excess of it is excreted from the body.

The use of inorganic iodine, which is absorbed in the stomach and does not pass through "filtration" in the liver, may cause thyroid gland problems and iodine overdose.

Thyroid dysfunction is also associated with a deficit of one more trace elements - selenium. Iodine and selenium interact to improve the metabolism of thyroid hormones.  In the synthesis of thyroid hormones other trace elements are also involved  - iron, copper, magnesium.

The presence  of iodine and selenium in the organic form (bound to the protein) in a seaweed, and the balance between them (1:0.7), provides normal thyroid function and optimal production of its most important hormones (thyroxine, T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), regulating the activity of almost all organs and body systems.

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