Very few minerals can lay such tall claims. We help keep the environment in balance, reduce the stress in lettuce, maintain healthy soil and keep humans healthy by preventing goitre. Iodine can! In 1811, Bernard Courtois was looking for a way to kill his fellow humans. Part of Napolean’s army, they needed a way to substitute falling supplies of gunpowder. On burning seaweed, he first created iodine crystals. A few years later, Sir Humphry Davy gave it the name Iodine. It took yet another scientist Dr Jean Francois Condet to identify it as a cure for enlarged thyroids. It was one of the first instances ingesting a mineral helping treat a human disorder.

Humans cannot make iodine and need to swallow it as part of their food. Inside, it is processed by your thyroid glands. Critical to the body, it helps control energy production in almost every cell in the body. Fortunately, it is abundantly available with some sea vegetables like kelp containing five-hundred percent of your daily requirement. It, therefore, needs to be made a part of your daily food; the reason that iodine became a part of the salt that you consume as a way to ensure that you got sufficient amounts.

A lack of iodine can result in low levels of the hormone produced by the thyroid. Low levels can lead to infertility in women, autoimmune diseases and even thyroid cancer. Some researchers are even linking it to other forms of cancer such as the prostate. A deficiency during pregnancy can cause high blood pressure and mental retardation or even in severe cases, stunted development of the child.

An Indian, Sunker Bisey ushered iodine into commercial production. Sailing to the new world, he had almost died before someone suggested he be treated with seaweed. Several years later and after much heartbreak, he managed to produce Iodine.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.