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An indispensible element in a proper functioning of a human body.

“Let’s go to Kołobrzeg – we will be sunbathing, swimming in the sea and breathing iodine!” – these are the most popular words of tourists who are about to visit Kołobrzeg. It would be difficult and not fair to disagree with them because coastal areas are rich in this element.  Despite this, it is impossible to cover the all-year demand for iodine just by staying by the seaside for two weeks. It does not mean that we have to live in Kołobrzeg or any other coastal city to stay healthy. We can easily provide our bodies with this vital micronutrient by paying attention to our eating habits and to the quality of water we drink on a daily basis.

Health flowing from the sea

Many people ask what iodine really is. The answer is simple: it is an element necessary for proper functioning of a body. Its amount in our body is usually low and that is why iodine is called micronutrient or trace element. It can be found in thyroid and is a key factor in hormone production. It also influences metabolic rate, growth, blood circulation, development of muscular and nervous systems. About 80% of iodine is located in thyroid, but it also accumulates in ovaries, bones and blood itself.

Lack of iodine

WHO has officially recognized lack of iodine to be one of the main factors influencing human’s health. Worldwide, 2 billion people are suffering from iodine deficiency and this problem hits every third child. According to research, Polish society as a whole is also iodine-deficient and about a half of Europeans suffer from the same reason. So what are the norms? According to WHO, 4-6-year-old children need about 90 mcg iodine/day; 7-9 year-olds even 120 mcg and 12-15 year-olds should intake 150 mcg/day. The norm for youth and adults raises to 160 mcg/day; 200-250 mcg/day for pregnant and breastfeeding women. In Poland, table salt must be iodised in order to tackle the deficiency of this vital micronutrient in our society.

But what are the consequences of iodine deficiency in human’s body? The numerous  implications range from goiter, hypothyroidism and mental disorders to fatigue and inefficiency at work. Those problems are connected, and, for adults, often result in mixing symptoms of tiredness, depression, short concentration span, lack of energy, joint pain, hair loss, onychorrhexis and respiratory infections. Children can suffer from mental and somatic development disabilities, yet the consequences of not eating saltwater fish for pregnant women can be even worse – along with fetal death and miscarriage. If a pregnant or breastfeeding woman does not pay attention to significant iodine losses, she can considerably contribute to a possibility of impairing baby’s psychomotor development or endemic disorders. Iodine is also an important element in children’s diet – its deficiency may lead to slowing down learning abilities.

Ocean of iodine

Do not worry about overdosing iodine in every-day use because you would have to try really hard to do it. Even though there is an upper limit of intake, for pregnant and breastfeeding women it is 500 mcg/day and for children 300 mcg/day. Potential excess of iodine leads to mucosal irritation of respiratory system as well as drooling, vomiting and diarrhea. If such symptoms occur, it is vital to eat cabbage, soy, brussels sprouts or cauliflower whose enzymes decrease iodine.

If you are not planning to visit the seaside, how can you supply iodine in order for your body to work well? You should link it with salt water – eat fish and seafood because they are the best source of this natural treasure.



Iodine content (mcg/100 grams)





Alaska pollock


Iodine table salt






Jantar Water




Smoked mackerel




Cottage cheese



As you can see, the best sources of iodine are fish and seafood. They are the most natural and, at the same time, the most certain provider of this element. Plants contain far less iodine and its amount varies due to differences in levels of iodine in the soil. Beside seafood, this vital element can be found in water – 1 litre of Jantar Water supplies 40% of daily demand for iodine. It means that 2-2,5 litre of Jantar Water a day, fulfills the whole daily demand! Finally, there is table salt – on the one hand, full of iodine, but on the other, unhealthy in excess.


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