FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT

Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 50 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.

 

Excessive Intake of Iodine Salt May Cause Infertility in Females

The Indian government has made it mandatory to sell iodized salt and put a ban on the sale of non-iodized salt. But the government has failed to show the harmful effects caused by excessive intake of iodine. Iodine deficiency in India is confined or restricted to remote hilly regions of India such as Nagaland and Assam.99.9 percent of India is iodine sufficient ie we are not iodine deficient. The food, vegetables, milk, etc, which we take are enough to maintain the normal dietary intake of iodine, which means that we don’t need to take extra iodine. If we consume iodized salt then we are pumping extra iodine into our bodies, far exceeding the recommended daily allowance (RDA).

The extra iodine present in our body triggers the high release of thyroxine hormone from the thyroid gland leading to a condition known as hyperthyroidism.

1) Hyperthyroidism: The disease is characterized by infertility in females, psychological symptoms viz anxiety, restlessness, psychosis, miscarriages(abortions) and premature births.

The greatest effect is the premature development of the secondary sexual characters (SSC) such as the development of breasts and pubic hairs in females and beards in males at an early age. Rapid and premature aging and presumably premature deaths.

2) Thyrotoxicosis

3) Thyroid cancer etc. 70-80 percent of female infertility is caused due to hyperthyroidism, a disease caused by high iodine intake.

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