Seaweed and Thyroid
Thyroid conditions are becoming increasingly common, in females especially. Did you know that females are up to 10 times more likely to develop thyroid conditions than males?
Luckily for us, seaweed contains a healthy amount of iodine, which is essential for optimal thyroid function. Seaweed actually contains the highest amount of iodine compared to any other food source. It may grow all over the world, but the seaweed from Lofoten grows in some of the purest (and coldest!) waters on earth.
The amount of iodine in seaweed depends on the type, growing conditions and cooking methods. The amount of iodine can be altered by different cooking methods. To decrease the amount of iodine, cook for longer. Want to increase your iodine intake? Contact us to try some of our Fingertare (Laminaria digitata) which is one of our amazing kelps that is extremely high in iodine.
Other nutrients that are essential for optimal thyroid function include zinc and selenium, magnesium and calcium. Guess what? All of these nutrients can be found in seaweed!
The thyroid has many different functions. It is primarily responsible for metabolism and energy production in every cell of the body. It is also involved in reproductive hormones, fertility, mood, sleep, bone density (parathyroid) and brain development in infants.