Iodine is very important for thyroid functioning. Issues with the thyroid have been shown to have negative effects on the heart. According to Dr. Stephen A. Hoption Cann “Iodine deficiency can have deleterious effects on the cardiovascular system, and correspondingly, that a higher iodine intake may benefit cardiovascular function.”
Dr. Michael Donaldson says, “Iodine stabilizes the heart rhythm, lowers serum cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and is known to make the blood thinner as well, judging by longer clotting times seen by clinicians. Iodine is not only good for the cardiovascular system, it is vital.”
Alkaline foods that contain iodine: Wakame, Strawberries, Kelp, Hijiki, Bladderwrack and Dulse.