A factor in the maintenance of good health and aids in the normal function of the thyroid gland.
Iodine is a component of the thyroid hormone and ultimately the regulation of cellular oxidation. The thyroid hormone accelerates cellular reactions, increases oxygen consumption and basal metabolic rate and influences growth and development, energy metabolism, differentiation and protein synthesis. There is no feedback mechanism for conserving iodine in the presence of a deficiency. Oral iodine supplementation is known to have significant anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic effects in both acute and chronic experimental models.
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