Investigating Iodine

Iodine is a trace mineral that your body uses to synthesize the thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). T4 contains 4 iodine atoms. When the amount of thyroid hormone in your blood drops, your pituitary gland secretes a hormone called thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). As its name suggests, TSH then stimulates your thyroid gland, located in the […]

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Making Sense of Minerals

Dietary minerals are chemical elements required by living organisms, other than the four elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen that are present in almost all organic molecules. Many elements are essential in relative large quantities: you need to consume 200 milligrams or more of them each day. These “bulk minerals” or macro-minerals in order of […]