Pregnant Women must take Iodine Supplements for Normal Brain Development of Baby

May 27, 2014 11:45 AM

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Pregnant Women must take Iodine Supplements for Normal Brain Development of Baby

Researchers have said that pregnant women, likely to become pregnant women or currently breastfeeding should include iodine in their diet for ensuring normal development of the brain of their babies. Iodine supplements should be taken in such an amount that at least 290 micrograms is consumed for proper brain development both in the womb and in early development after birth, said Experts from the National Academy of Sciences and the American Thyroid Association.

Iodine helps in production of hormones that are important for brain development in children. Iodine is derived from iodide by the body and iodized table salt is the major source which is easily available.

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