Child’s boost in intelligence is said to be an average of 1. Giving pregnant women a simple supplement would boost babies’ brain power and make billions for the economy, experts say. Iodine helps brain development, particularly in the womb and first months, and improves children’development of the child in months to a year boy IQ.
Unlike other nations, food in the UK is not fortified with iodine and supplements are not recommended by the NHS. But experts say pregnant and breastfeeding women should be encouraged to take supplements of iodine. The findings, published in the journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, give an economic case for supplements. 200 per woman in health costs, experts say. 4,500 per child over their lifetime. 15billion for the economy, with higher productivity and earnings. It has reappeared recently, largely due to milk consumption declining.
It’s time for all women living in iodine-deficient countries without universal supplementation of iodine, who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a pregnancy to be advised to take a daily supplement containing iodine. Even mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy is associated with children with lower IQs. Iodine is not produced by the body but the NHS advises that people should be getting all the iodine they need with a varied and balanced diet, and does not recommend supplements, even during pregnancy. The Birmingham team analysed 1,361 studies to establish the economic impact of IQ. They also examined data relating to iodine deficiency in pregnant women, and the effect on their children. Mild to moderate maternal iodine deficiency during pregnancy, at levels seen in UK women, is associated with impaired child cognition.