Iodine and your child’s brain development

What is iodine?

Iodine is an important mineral that’s found in a wide range of plant and animal foods. It’s vital to good health because it’s an important component of thyroid hormones, which regulate growth and energy metabolism. Unfortunately, many areas of Australia have soil that’s low in iodine, meaning the food produced in those areas is also deficient. This makes mild iodine deficiency a potential problem throughout most of the country. Because of this, iodised salt has been used in production of commercially made bread (except organic bread) in Australia since 2009, to help increase iodine intake.1

Why is iodine so important for kids?

Iodine is extremely important for the healthy development of the brain and mental function in babies and children. A lack of iodine is a major problem in developing countries: it’s the number one cause of preventable intellectual disability in children worldwide.2 School aged children who have low iodine levels show poorer academic performance, lower IQ scores and higher levels of learning disabilities than those who get enough iodine.3

How can I make sure my child is getting enough iodine?

If you want to make sure your kids are getting all the iodine they need, there are certain foods you should include in their weekly diet. These include commercially prepared bread, eggs, meat, vegetables and dairy products. Seafood is also a great choice for increasing iodine intake, just remember to limit fish such as barramundi, flake and swordfish for the kids, and yourself if you’re pregnant, as these tend to contain higher levels of mercury and should be enjoyed less often. Iodized table salt is also a rich source of iodine.4

If you have fussy eaters at home or your kids just don’t eat a lot of animal products, an iodine supplement such as Cenovis Kids Vita Bursts Omega‐3 Plus Iodine is a simple way to ensure that they’re getting enough every day.