FAB RESEARCH COMMENT:
This review highlights the critical importance of adequate iodine for normal brain development.
As FAB Research followers will know, two of these authors (Professor Margaret Rayman and Dr Sarah Bath) reported in 2013, using from a large UK birth cohort study, that mild-to-moderate iodine deficiency affected around 2/3 of mothers-to-be - and that this predicted significant reductions in the verbal IQ and reading of their children at 8 years of age. See:
Last year, a large Nowegian study reported similar findings:
The UK is one of the only developed countries with no public health policy on iodine (such as the mandatory iodisation of salt) - and as the main dietary sources are milk and dairy products, and fish and seafood, anyone following vegan diets (or any other diets that exclude these foods) are at particular risk of iodine deficiency. See:
For more information on the importance of iodine in pregnancy see also: