Also called iodide, iodine is a type of mineral that’s naturally found in the earth’s soil and ocean waters. Many salt water and plant-based foods contain iodine, and this mineral is most-widely available in iodized salt.
It’s important to get enough iodine in the diet. It regulates hormones, fetal development, and more.
If your iodine levels are low, your doctor might recommend supplementation. You shouldn’t take supplements without checking with your doctor first.
Read on to learn more about the uses and side effects of iodine, plus recommended daily amounts by age.