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Environ Geochem Health. 2014 Aug;36(4):815-28. doi: 10.1007/s10653-014-9597-4. Epub 2014 Feb 7.

An innovative approach for iodine supplementation using iodine-rich phytogenic food.

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Institute of Environment and Biogeochemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310027, People's Republic of China,


Iodine, as one of the essential trace elements for human body, is very important for the proper function of thyroid gland. In some regions, people are still suffering from iodine deficiency disorder (IDD). How to provide an effective and cost-efficient iodine supplementation has been a public health issue for many countries. In this review, a novel iodine supplementation approach is introduced. Different from traditional iodine salt supplement, this approach innovatively uses cultivated iodine-rich phytogenic food as the supplement. These foods are cultivated using alga-based organic iodine fertilizer. The feasibility, mechanics of iodine absorption of plants from soil and the bioavailability of iodine-rich phytogenic food are further discussed.

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