Russian scientists have found a new way to combat iodine deficiency

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A special protein and vitamin supplement for animals will help eliminate iodine deficiency in Russians. Scientists from Crimea and Tatarstan are conducting scientific experiments: they have already managed to increase the iodine content in chicken eggs and meat several times.

As it became known to “MK”, ​​recently experts of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Research Institute of Agriculture of Crimea” announced the first results of a large-scale experiment, the purpose of which is to combat the deficiency of iodine and other microelements in the population. The consequences of such a deficiency are, in particular, a slowdown in metabolism, weakness, a decrease in intellectual abilities and obesity. Crimean scientists, together with specialists from Tatarstan, developed a program that should contribute to the enrichment of conventional food with useful elements: for this purpose, an additive created on the basis of liposomal technologies was introduced into the diet of the test livestock of animals (in other words, the feed contained microscopic lipid granules, inside which there were contained microelements). During the three months of the experiment, scientists managed to triple the iodine content in a chicken egg – from four micrograms to ten or twelve.

“Today, throughout Russia, problems with the thyroid gland are extremely common, which is directly related to iodine deficiency,” says Acting Director of the Research Institute Vladimir Pashtetsky. – Its daily requirement for adults is 200-250 micrograms, for children – about 60 micrograms. But nowadays, adults receive an average of about 100 micrograms of iodine per day. At the molecular level, we have replaced free radicals in feed with what we need – in this case, iodine – and have conducted a study of the effect of our BVD on chicken eggs and meat – they are the largest consumer segment on the market.

According to the Crimean experts, their experiments will continue: in the fall of this year, it is planned to start test production of “enriched” meat of pigs and rabbits, as well as milk of cows and goats. As a result, scientists plan to obtain a food kit (for example, one hundred grams of meat, a glass of milk and two eggs), which is guaranteed to replenish the required daily volume of iodine.