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NZ Herald: Essential elements

Peter Griffin posted in on July 20th, 2010.

Michelle Coursey writes in the New Zealand Herald about some of the nutrients we need every day, why we need them, and how to get them. The nutrients include iodine, selenium and iron. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Selenium “What is it? New Zealand is one of a group of countries that has very […]

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Iodine for pregnant women – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 1st, 2010.

Thursday (1 July) sees the launch of a new iodine tablet targeted at pregnant and breastfeeding New Zealand women. The 150 mcg iodine supplement will be subsidised, and recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the New Zealand Ministry of Health for daily consumption by all women considering pregnancy, or who are […]

Why are we fortifying our bread with iodine?

Peter Griffin posted in on September 15th, 2009.

Iodine is one of the essential nutrients which our bodies need in order to function properly.  It’s most well-known for being an important constituent of our thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism and, in children, normal growth and development. It’s also very important for brain development in unborn, and young, children.  Indeed, researchers from Otago have […]

TVNZ/NZPA: Iodine deficiency stunts intelligence

Peter Griffin posted in on September 9th, 2009.

Otago researchers have shown, for the first time, that increasing the amount of iodine in a child’s diet in order to correct the mild deficiency common to New Zealanders can measurably improve their perceptual reasoning (intelligence). An excerpt: (read in full here) “Mild iodine deficiency has been an increasing problem in New Zealand over the […]

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