1. Ph.D. Dissertation
Between 2002 and 2007 the Jódaqua Medicinal Water Research was the topic of a doctoral dissertation at Corvinus University Budapest, Faculty of Food Sciences. The Jódaqua Medicinal Water Research found several interesting coherencies, new perspectives and scientific results between the physiologic effects of Jódaqua and a potential iodine deficiency prevention strategy.
2. Severe iodine deficiency
Several research results show that 80% of the Hungarian population has iodine deficiency. The drinking water contains less than 50 microgram iodine/litre, which is not sufficient to cover the daily iodine need of the human body. Metabolic hormones (Thyroxine and Triiodothyronine) can not be synthetized in the body without iodine. This can cause several severe physiological symptoms and disfunctions in humans not only in Hungary but worldwide too.
According to relevant data, about 1.5 billion people are suffering fromiodine deficiency disorders worldwide. In accordance with WHO experts, more than 30% of the world population are living in iodinedeficient areas, and the prevalance of iodine deficiency disorders reaches 80% in areas of severe iodine deficiency. Consequently the elimination of iodine deficiency is a common aim, as generations growing up in iodine deficient areas may count with higher incidency of health-disfunctions. These can cause very negative effects in the lifestyle, lifequality and sociologic-economic activity of these people.
3. The physiologic effects of iodine
The most important role of iodine is in the synthesis
of two metabolic hormones Thyroxine and Triiodothyronine, which
two are generated by the thyroid-gland (Machovich 1996). The
thyroid gland locating under the larynx, can only be seen if
the thyroid-gland cell number
increases due to the iodine deficient nutrition. As only increased number of gland cells can produce enough level of thyroid-gland hormones and compensate the iodine deficiency of the body. If the thyroid gland gets larger and becomes visible then this status is called goitre.
The scope of iodine deficiency disorders is very complex and covers plenty of physiological disfunctions.