Iodine Supplements: The Three Best Kinds to Use

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by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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Iodine is essential for a vibrant and radiant body. It’s important to the body in many ways, including supporting immune system function, metabolism, and even cardiovascular health.[1] Furthermore, it’s estimated that more than half of the US population suffer from insufficient levels of iodine. Iodine is a major contributor to the function of your thyroid gland,[2] especially in the creation of T3 and T4 hormones,[3] which are important for regulating metabolism.[4] Let’s look at some of the iodine supplements on the market and how they compare.

 

1. Transformative Nano-Colloidal Detoxified Iodine, or Nascent Iodine

Nascent iodine is a consumable form of iodine that holds an electromagnetic charge. It allows for a larger release of energy once consumed and is very similar to the precursor form of iodine that is converted into thyroid hormones. Because of this, your body can easily recognize and assimilate it. Its unique structure and form allow it to travel through the body, quicker and easier than any other iodine supplement. Also, unlike many liquid iodine supplements, it contains no alcohol. To me, it’s the best form of iodine supplement; the product I recommend is Detoxadine®.

2. Lugol’s Solution Iodine

Lugol’s contains 6.3 mg of molecular iodine/iodide per drop. The formula is 85% distilled water, 10% potassium iodide, and 5% elemental iodine. Breast tissue prefers this non-toxic mono elemental-based iodine. Lugol’s may increase respiratory tract secretions and inhibit thyroid hormone secretion. One Malaysian study found that patients taking Lugol’s solution experienced a sharp decline in unwanted hormonal secretions during a period of ten days.

3. Potassium Iodide

Potassium iodide is typically available in tablets, with servings ranging from 0.23 to 130 mg. This closely-bound inorganic form of iodine is only about 20% assimilated into the body. Studies show that potassium iodide blocks the uptake of radioactive iodine in the thyroid gland, thus lowering the chances of developing thyroid cancer.[5] Moreover, potassium iodide has been used in emergency treatments for hyperthyroidism (PDF).[6]

References (6)
  1. Donald W. Miller, Jr. MD. Iodine for Health. Lew Rockwell. 2006 August 14.
  2. "The thyroid gland - Endocrinology - NCBI Bookshelf." 2010. 21 Apr. 2016
  3. Sircus, Mark, Dr. Iodine Bringing Back the Universal Medicine. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.
  4. "How does the thyroid work? - National Library of Medicine." 2015. 21 Apr. 2016
  5. University of Maryland Medical Center. Iodine overview.
  6. United States Department of Health and Human Services. Potassium Iodide as a thyroid blocking agent in radiation emergencies(PDF). Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. 2001 December.

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