Special Issue "Iodine Supplementation"


A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2012)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sheila Skeaff
Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand
Website: http://nutrition.otago.ac.nz/staff/skeaffs
E-Mail: sheila.skeaff@otago.ac.nz
Phone: +643 479 7944
Fax: +643 479 7958
Interests: monitoring the iodine status of at-risk groups such as children and pregnant women to determine if dietary intakes are meeting requirements

Guest Editor
Dr. Jo (Shao) Zhou
School of Agriculture Food and Wine, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, 5005, Australia
Website: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/jo.zhou
E-Mail: jo.zhou@adelaide.edu.au
Phone: +61 8 8313 4111
Fax: +61 8 8313 7109
Interests: the effect of iodine nutrition in pregnancy on pregnancy outcomes and early childhood development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Iodine is needed for the synthesis of thyroid hormones, which are required for normal growth and development, particularly of the brain and central nervous system. Iodine deficiency is still one of the most common micronutrient deficiencies in the world affecting up to 700 million people. Inadequate intake is the main cause of iodine deficiency as the natural iodine content of most foods is low. Iodine intakes can be improved through fortification with universal salt iodization as recommended by the World Health Organization. For segments of the population who do not consume fortified foods or those segments of the population with high dietary iodine requirements, such as pregnant and lactating women, additional iodine in the form of supplementation is suggested. Currently, some countries including the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have recommended that pregnant and lactating women take a daily iodine supplement, despite a lack of randomized trials to support the efficacy and safety of routine iodine supplementation, particularly in populations with less severe iodine deficiency. The purpose of this special issue is to focus on the effect of increased iodine intake via iodine supplementation on iodine status and health outcomes in populations with moderate to mild iodine deficiency.

Dr. Sheila Skeaff
Dr. Jo (Shao) Zhou
Guest Editors


  • iodine
  • supplementation
  • iodine deficiency
  • status
  • neurodevelopment
  • pregnancy
  • lactation
  • health
  • iodine intake

Published Papers (4 papers)

Nutrients 2014, 6(1), 382-390; doi:10.3390/nu6010382
Received: 27 October 2013; in revised form: 29 November 2013 / Accepted: 20 December 2013 / Published: 20 January 2014
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Nutrients 2013, 5(4), 1384-1416; doi:10.3390/nu5041384
Received: 10 December 2012; in revised form: 14 February 2013 / Accepted: 22 March 2013 / Published: 22 April 2013
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Nutrients 2012, 4(11), 1740-1746; doi:10.3390/nu4111740
Received: 10 October 2012; in revised form: 1 November 2012 / Accepted: 7 November 2012 / Published: 13 November 2012
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Nutrients 2012, 4(9), 1317-1327; doi:10.3390/nu4091317
Received: 28 June 2012; in revised form: 31 July 2012 / Accepted: 12 September 2012 / Published: 20 September 2012
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Last update: 4 March 2014

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