From the May 2011 issue, The Essentials

Iodine is a trace mineral that is essential for the synthesis of thyroid hormones Thyroxine and Triiodothyronine and the normal metabolism of cells.
While the use of iodized salt has almost completely resolved the issue of iodine deficiency, it still remains a significant problem in countries where iodized salt is not commonly consumed. Deficiency is the leading cause of preventable mental retardation and may lead

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