Hidden Dangers of Bromine and How it Can Affect Your Thyroid

  • By Low Thyroid Help
  • 12 June, 2013
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Bromine is a chemical, similar to fluoride and chlorine,  that  is used in a variety of  inconspicuous places.  This chemical displaces iodine in the thyroid which is crucial to your thyroid health.

Bromine can be found  in swimming pools and hot tubs where it is used as a disinfectant alternative to chlorine.  It is also  used in the agricultural industry in pesticides and weed control, and as an ingredient in over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions such as sedatives and antihistamines.

Used to reduce flammability, it is also found in home  appliances, computers, furniture, carpets, mattresses, car seats,  and even clothing.  These items release gases into the air which you then inhale, so it is a very good idea to open the windows in your house and car whenever it is suitable.

Surprisingly, bromine can also be found  in food.  Processed products such as cookies, cakes, breads, rolls, and donuts use it as a dough conditioner to add strength .  As an ingredient,  it is identified as “potassium bromate” or “bromated flour”.    Soft drinks such as Mountain Dew, Fresca, Gatorade and other citrus-flavored sodas and soft drinks have been known to use brominated vegetable oil as an ingredient.  Not only is this  unhealthy for your thyroid gland but for the rest of the body as well.

The Center for Science in The Public Interest has petitioned the FDA  to prohibit the use of potassium bromine after studies have shown that it caused tumors in kidney, thyroid and other organs in laboratory animals.

As always, read your food labels or better yet, make it yourself  and buy organic!

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