Can Iodine Help With Hair Loss?

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It is clear that the micro-nutrient iodine (And iron, magnesium and zinc) is a key essential element for the normal growth and development in all of the body’s organ and tissue systems.

Iodine in combination with the aforementioned minerals is often considered the best “hair growth minerals” you can take for healthy hair. If you are currently experiencing hair loss, it may be a good idea to supplement with these, as hair loss can be one of the most common signs of a deficiency in iodine.

Iodine and Hair Loss

The thyroid gland relies on iodine to make the hormones necessary for the growth of healthy hair, teeth and bones. When we are deficient in this nutrient, the health of our hair can suffer, leading to hair weakness or total hair loss. Taking a safe nascent iodine supplement may boost hair health and growth, and may event prevent or reverse hair loss.

Historically, farmers understood the relationship between iodine and the health of an animals coat. Sheep farmers noticed that iodine-poor soils produced iodine-deficient plants, which produced iodine-deficient sheep. These sheep, consequently, produced the least amount (and poorest quality) of wool. It stands to reason that human beings are just as effected by iodine-poor soil and plants as animals are. And hair loss may be related to this decline.

Iodine is a key element for hair strength and growth. While we may get some synthetic iodine in table salt, our body has a hard time assimilating it. Taking a nascent, vegetarian form of iodine may prevent or reverse hair loss. There are even a few studies that support this evidence.

One 2001 study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, & Leprology desrcribed the use of iodine as a treatment for patients with alopecia (hair loss), and found hair re-growth in a number of patients [1].

Taking an Iodine Supplement for Hair Loss

Supplement with a high-quality, nascent iodine supplement, such as Detoxadine®. This form of nascent iodine provides you with the recommended daily allowance of iodine in a bio-elemental nanocolloidal state.

Have you thought about taking iodine for hair loss? If so, how did it work out for you? Share your experience in the comments below.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


  1. Thappa D M, Vijayikumar M. Alopecia areata. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2001.

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  • Cathy

    I am a 40 year old woman. I started taking 12 mg liquid iodine per day, using a product by Trophic. I was experiencing what I believe was very painful cicatrical allopecia although it was undiagnosed. My thyroid functions normally according to blood work. I quickly stopped losing my hair and the sheen and smooth texture came back. The pain subsided within a few weeks and then disappeared entirely. However, I began to read about iodine intoxication and wondered if I was taking too much so I dropped the dosage down to 6 mg every other day. It has been approximately one month and my symptoms are returning! I am very interested in the Detoxidine but I have a feeling it will be difficult to find in Canada. Any suggestions?

  • Gonzo

    Dang, I wish I would’ve known that iodine helps with hair loss back BEFORE I lost all my hair. Good info, nonetheless.

  • Jodi

    I’ve had what has been diagnosed as alopecia areata although I’m not certain anyone can truly pin it. What has been your experience now with iodine? I see this is two years ago that you posted. I tried everything that I can think of (including drugs like spironilactone, minoxodil, and finestride) and to no avail. I started iodine three days ago.
    How long did it take you personally to see improvement? Are you still using iodine?
    Thank you!

  • Ordinary_guy

    About 12 years ago I had a bald spot on my head about 2″ in diameter, my father told me to apply the liquid form on there every day (I thought he was messing with me but still tried it). After about 2 months my hair started coming back and filled back in completely. Age at that -time 33, well I was never sure if it was the iodine or because I was going through a divorce (stress). Now the same thing again in the front this time thinning bad very fast so I’m going to apply it AND take the liquid form above and will post how it goes. 1-21-2012.

  • Aryanna

    Dear Jodi, most of my life i had alopecia areata, i know how it feels and i don’t have a thyroid problem. Do not take iodine without having a proper thyroid test with a medical doctor AND look for ayurvedic and homeopathic treatment. As u read in this article your thyroid may be low and blood tests won’t show it. However recently i managed to solve it: i am taking MSM- METHYLSULPHONYLMETHANE and Orgono Living Silica. Additionally i am doing scalp and skull massage and i am exercising my frontalis, occipitals and temporalis muscles of the head. I am 45 years old and i have no wrinkles and a very nice, healthy color of face because of the improved blood circulation on my scalp. Because of these exercises and some others i found on the FlexEffect website my eyebrows lifted nicely….

    I do yoga and i have noticed that when i regularly practice head stand the falling stops completely but i am not disciplined enough to do it regularly. But please never attempt to do head stand without the assistance of an experienced yoga trainer that must take you through the preparatory stages of training neck…. all the body, because u can get life long injuries if you just try to sit on ur head. The shoulder and head stand are the best postures for hormonal balance, actually i believe so, years ago i had some symptoms but i religiously practiced and i am ok now. Our hair is made in a big percentage of sulphur so u have to naturally eat sulphur rich foods. Silica is also very imp mineral for hair and nails.

    You can write to me in my email because in this limited space i can’t write for you all i would like to tell you. Hope this helps.

  • lorr

    i put some white iodine in my hair and i have falling all out the next day really bad what is going on

  • eterna

    did you repost results?because i allso read you can apply it where you dont want hair to cause confused

  • robi

    I actually was diagnosed with allopecia universalis. As my hair started to return I went to my barber who told me to apply white iodine. My hair too returned more rapidly. I had hundreds of small bald spots which quickly filled with hair and now i only have a few spots, but i do notice that without constant application my some spots will return after a couple of months.

  • willdy

    I’m 56 years old & noticed my hair getting thicker lately, I noticed I’ve been flicking my head to flip my hair out of my eyes. This is something I used to do when I was younger but haven’t needed to do for over 10 years. I wondered if the Survival Shield iodine I’ve been taking for 10 months might be responsible & found this page. I recently ordered the X2 version but now wonder if I shouldn’t change anything & should just continue taking the original version. Thank you Dr. Group. Please advise

  • Global Healing Center

    It is the same iodine, just more concentrated.

  • Ann

    have strongly suffered from seasonal hair loss. Did not want to go to the
    doctors, tried different shampoos,
    conditioners, misc hair nutrition
    products – with almost no results whatsoever. Then, I’ve read on the hair
    support forum that there could be a lot of internal reasons for hair loss, and the basic nutrition has to
    be done from inside out. I started to take vitamins and supplements. Recently,
    I’ve read about Hair Gain Formula by Military Grade and tried also this
    supplement product. What especially caught my attention – this product is the
    only nutraceutical which possesses prostaglandin D2 blocking properties. I’ve
    been taking it from September and
    fortunate for me I no longer have seasonal hair loss. I am happy I don’t
    have to take dozens of pills – all necessary vitamins are contained in this
    supplement. And it really works! Will definitely take it until spring at least,
    to check the second ‘dangerous’ season.





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