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Subject:         Re: My Zinc and Copper yesterday
Date: November 12, 2014 at 2:41 am PST

In Reply to: Re: My Zinc and Copper yesterday posted by Gina on November 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm:

Hey MM:

You didn't tell us the % of copper that you were getting to zinc though, it will always be more on a strict plant based diet.

I can't find a way around that, because there are few plant foods which are rich in zinc, without also being good sources of copper.

Hey Gina:

Im not keen on iodine supplementation myself for that very reason, especially the synthetic iodine such as lugols or iodoral, which are often recommended in crazy high dosages.

I tried both years back myself in a desperate attempt to improve my health. These were the common recommendations from alternative health gurus at the time such as on Curezone and it ended up leaving me with hyperthyroidism and rebound hypothyroidism. So yeah im not keen on high dose iodine supplementation and would recommend against it, unless treating severe deficiency under the guidance of a qualified practitioner who can do iodine loading tests etc.

That being said, we all need a dietary source of iodine to keep our thyroid healthy, i feel a small amount of seaweeds such as kelp to be the best and pretty much only reliable vegan plant food source of iodine.

Iodine is an essential trace element, we don't need massive amounts of sea vegetables or iodine supplements in high doses, outwith treating severe iodine deficiency of course. Iodine is a nutrient we need to provide daily just like Vitamin C or any other mineral, the body cannot produce iodine itself.

A small amount of sea vegetables will suffice for most and help prevent iodine deficiency, which again studies are still showing as common for the majority of vegans.

As to Vitamin D MM, especially here in the United Kingdom studies still show that Vitamin D is again another common deficiency, so i wouldn't say its nothing to worry about. Sub-optimal levels of Vitamin D have been linked to the development of many serious diseases such as auto-immune disorders, bone diseases, heart disease and even certain cancers.

Flaxseed is only a source of the omega-3 fatty acid ALA, which first needs to convert to EPA and then DHA. Studies show that many individuals conversion rate is poor, which is why the research shows many following strict plant based diets to be deficient in DHA.

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