Micronutrient Monday: Iodine
Iodine plays an essential role in the production of thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Our bodies use these thyroid hormones to regulate many reactions, including building proteins and metabolism. Additionally, thyroxine and triiodothyronine are required for the proper growth and development of skeletal and nervous systems in fetuses and young children. Research also suggests that iodine supports our immune response to infections.