Iodine is a crucial ingredient in the balance of the endocrine system and is essential to life. It plays a central role in thyroid function and brain development in children. Deficiencies have been linked to obesity, polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS), heart disease, psychiatric disorders, and certain types of cancer. Normal levels of iodine have been found to help prevent breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease.
Healthy breast tissue has a concentrated amount of iodine, but if there is a deficiency, the thyroid gland and the breast tissue compete for the iodine. A chronic deficiency can lead to increased cell growth which can result in fibrocystic breast disease. If the deficiency persists, estrogen production increases.
A decreased level of iodine creates increased sensitivity to estrogen in the breast tissue. Women with a high exposure to estrogen are at a higher risk for breast cancer. Optimum levels of iodine make the estrogen receptors in the breast tissue less sensitive which leads to decreased cell growth and causes an anti-tumor effect by causing the death of malignant cells.
There are many things we can do to help prevent breast disease. Making sure our iodine levels are within normal limits is just one more thing we can do to stay as healthy as possible.
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