Giving pregnant women a simple supplement would boost babies’ brain power and make billions for the economy, experts say.

Iodine helps brain development, particularly in the womb and first months, and improves children’s IQ.

Unlike other nations, food in the UK is not fortified with iodine and supplements are not recommended by the NHS.

But experts say pregnant and breastfeeding women should be encouraged to take supplements of iodine.

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