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Q: Iodine Content in Pig Thyroid ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Iodine Content in Pig Thyroid
Category: Science > Biology
Asked by: 3648075-ga
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Posted: 19 Sep 2006 09:17 PDT
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Question ID: 766604
What is the average iodine content (say in mg) in a pig (or cow) thyroid?
Subject: Re: Iodine Content in Pig Thyroid
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 19 Sep 2006 11:10 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
In a large and well-documented study, the iodine content of whole,
fresh bovine thyroid glands was as follows:

Bulls                             19.38 mg
Steers                            19.73 mg
Pregnant cows                     18.50 mg
Non-pregnant cows and heifers     16.98 mg

The number of animals used in this investigation: Bulls, 470; steers,
1068; pregnant cows, 1123; non-pregnant cows, 1021.


Bovine thyroids contain from 0 to 3.5 micrograms of iodine per
milligram. The weight and iodine content of the thyroid gland depends
on several factors, including body weight, gender, and diet.

"While performing activation analytical investigations on the actual
concentration of the long-lived radioactive 129iodine in human and
bovine thyroid glands the absolute natural nonradioactive 127 iodine
content was determined. In all thyroid glands an uneven distribution
of 127I was found (in human thyroids from 0 to 0.75 micrograms 127I
/mg, in bovine thyroids from 0 to 3.5 micrograms 127I /mg)."

Medscape: Content and heterogeneity of distribution of iodine in human
and bovine thyroid glands...

My Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: "iodine content" thyroid cows OR bovine OR pigs OR porcine

Google Web Search: "bovine OR porcine OR cow OR pig thyroid" "of iodine"

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