NaNA officer on Iodine benefits
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Malang Janneh, Western Health field officer for the National Nutrition Agency(NaNA) has said that to prevent Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) people need to consume iodised salt and and a variety of iodine rich foods.
He added that iodine is an essential trace element (mineral) needed by the body in small amounts for growth and development, especially for the brain. According to Janneh, lack of or inadequate intake of iodine has several health consequences, called Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD).He also said that the daily requirement of iodine is 100-150ug/day.
He further said that iodine can be found in food and water and also plants grown in soil with sufficient iodine, noting that the amount of iodine in the plants depends entirely on amount in soil.
Author: Daily Observer