Can Iodine Help With Hair Loss?

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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Two hair combs on a table. To avoid hair loss, try to fuse iodine into your diet. Iodine helps with hair strength and growth.

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.

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References (1)
  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

  • 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.

  • danieltb

    Iodine is also effective at growing new hair strands out of the scalp when applied topically according to “Iodine: The Universal And Holistic Super Mineral”.

  • Kevin

    When I started loosing hair I was not too anxious
    about it. I’ve always had very short hairstyles, so if I had to shave once it
    would not be a problem. But still, I would prefer to stay with my hair. Since I
    was taking military grade nutraceuticals for my trainings, I found out that
    they also produce a special hair supplement. I’ve tried their Hair Gain
    Formula. They
    claim, this product is the only nutraceutical which possesses prostaglandin D2
    blocking properties. First I could
    not detect any results, but after 3 months of consecutive use my hair loss seemed to decrease. I continued
    taking it for 3 additional months and my
    hair is still where it should be.

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  • CourtneyrrR

    Vitamin D,Biotin, iodine but you have to be careful with it.

  • Kimberly

    I thought it was normal to lose that much hair. I have lots of long hair. “you loose 100 hairs a day” whatever… I didn’t take iodine because of hair loss but when it stopped, i was shocked! I didn’t think the iodine was doing anything and stopped taking it. That’s when my hair started falling out again. Then I was scared at how much was falling out since I had seen how it should be. When I finally put the two together and started the iodine again, the hair loss stopped again. I now have a stock of iodine and don’t plan on running out again. My hair feels amazing, soft, manageable and I don’t have to clean the drain in the shower 3 times a shower to keep the water draining now. I would highly recommend trying it. At worst, if it doesn’t help your hair loss, it’s still good for your thyroid. Win win…

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    I take the iodine, and also Androtrex for my workouts, but my hair continues to fall out quickly. I’m wondering if the Androtrex could be increasing my DHT levels, causing the hair to fall out. I’m thinking of trying the Prostex to block DHT. Any thoughts?

  • I wish I could tell you Prostres stopped hair loss but we’ve not conducted any studies to prove that. Similarly for Androtrex causing it.

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  • Dawn

    Hi!, I have a question. I have Hashimoto hypothyroidism and I am losing so much of my hair everyday. It is getting harder and harder to hide it. So my question is can I take this orally and use it topically at the same time? Or would that be too much and be harmful.

  • Hi Dawn, thanks for reaching out. Hashimoto’s can have a lot of individual considerations that are best looked at first hand by a natural healthcare practitioner with a lot of experience helping people with that issue. Supplemental iodine isn’t recommended with Hashimoto’s.

  • Dawn

    Thank you for your response. I’m a little bummed ? I did purchase your product and it was shipped today. Can I still use it topically? And do you have any info on how I can locate a natural healthcare practitioner?

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    Well I can say..over 90 days of taking Nascent Iodine..i see little hair grow all over my Head where it was really getting thin.
    Now lots of hairs seem tp be sprouting
    Very cool..something is teally happening, and my energy snd many other patts seem to be starting to finction.
    Wish I haf learned this Yeats ago.

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  • Tammy Travis

    kimberly, how long did you take the iodine before your hair loss stopped?

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  • Michael (NW)

    I’ve read that iodine deficiency can cause hair loss. But I’ve also read (a customer review) that taking iodine caused hair loss. I’m not going bald, but at times the top of my head will thin out a little, but then it has come back. Now that I’m taking more iodine I’ve noticed my hair thinning out again. Maybe a coincidence or maybe not. If iodine can cause hair loss, what is the reason for that?

  • GHC Support

    Hi, Michael. Thank you for contacting GHC. Although
    we understand that individual results may vary when using our products, we have not found that iodine inherently causes hair loss. In these cases we suggest remaining close to the recommended dose of Detoxadine (3 drops once daily), and even though more iodine has safely been taken in the past, it’s always best to work with a reputable practitioner or naturopath for personal guidance on your path to wellness.

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  • I have a saloon in USA & being an expert Iodine really plays a massive role in the growth of hairs.

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  • Definitely… Iodine is a very helpful element through which we can control hair loss…

  • Kim

    I take Synthroid for a thyroid deficiency. In the last year, even though thyroid levels test normal, my hair was falling out handfuls every time I washed it, and was getting very thin. I read “The Iodine Crisis” and learned how to take iodine & the supplements to help it absorb best. I’ve been taking it since November and my hair has finally stopped shedding more hair than normal. In fact, it’s been years since I’ve lost so little hair. I also believe it helps to not eat much gluten, since the bromine added to flour takes the place of iodine in the body.

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