The Midwest is known as the “goiter belt” because of the number of people with enlarged thyroid glands (goiters). This occurs because Midwest diets are lacking in seafood and therefore iodine. We landlocked people, even with modern food systems, are lucky if we get 100 micrograms a day from our salt. The Japanese eat seaweed and get about 12.5 mg/ day from this diet. Iodine not only improves your thyroid, it is an anti-cancer supplement.. The Japanese have the lowest rate of breast cancer in the world. Iodine has been shown to decrease cancer rates in rats, and to kill cancer cells in laboratory tests. A large study was done by a group of physicians known as the “Iodine Project” which details the many benefits of this wonderful and critically important mineral. Our supplement is the Japanese dose of 12.5 mg.
Selenium importance was known to others, but slipped by me until the Covid fiasco, when I heard several doctors comment that Selenium is “Birth Control for viruses”. Fortunately our Enlighten Omaha brand Iodine supplement contains 40mcg Selenium, so I had been adding some to my regular dietary intake. It is interesting to note that Chinese soils are woefully deficient in Selenium, and in some areas children were dying of a selenium related cardiac disorder before the government added selenium to the fertilizer in the regions. Perhaps this explains some of the reason this virus was more deadly in China than it proved elsewhere. Selenium is a potent antioxidant, and has been shown to tamp down inflammation at the level of DNA by inhibiting NFkB. This has led scientists to believe Selenium plays a major role in the prevention of cancer, as well as Type 2 Diabetes, and vascular disease—the three major scourges of our time. Don’t take more that 220 mcg a day.