Iodine Supplements: The Three Best Kinds to Use

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
Published on , Last Updated on

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.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Gary

    I honestly had no idea there were this many different kinds of iodine supplements.

  • lynette roberts

    i have not eaten iodized salt for perhaps years – first i used sea salt then a few months ago i started using pink himalaya salt – about 2 yrs ago i was dx’d with a goiter but the endocrinologist was not concerned about it – he did not tell me to take a iodine supplement neither did my primary care doc – i was told that my thyroid tests turned out winthin normal range – i do not have a growth on my thyroid which i had always thought was a result of a goiter – should i be taking a iodine supplement?

    ty lynette roberts

  • Lucian

    How does eating iodine from a whole food like kelp compare? Or does that fall under #4. If so, it should be stated more clearly.

  • cheryl blanchard

    You State: “This form contains no alcohol in its solution unlike all other liquid iodine supplements”

    This is a false statement. Lugols is made with distilled water. It is liquid.

    Lugols and Idoral are the ONLY iodine supplements with research proving effectiveness. “new” iodine supplments should be suspect especially by those trying to sell you a product.


  • Diane

    yes you should be taking iodine a goiter is caused by lack of iodine

  • Jane

    I got over thyroiditis, which is a swelling of the thyroid gland (precurser to a goiter, which my mom had in her teens, and she was told this was an iodine deficiency), by using the Edgar Cayce “instructed” version of iodine from kelp “Detoxified Iodine” that is sold on Global Light Network’s site. It’s the best!
    If you have trouble finding it, email me and I’ll give you a link.

  • Betty

    Sorry to have to disagree with you. There’s another iodine supplement that’s been around for quite some time and with apparent proven effectiveness – Iosol. It is a mix of plain iodine with ammonium iodide, a water soluble version. It is claimed by some that potassium iodide is somewhat indigestible for some people. I am just passing this along; I don’t know either way.

  • This is amazing info Dr. Group.
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    Thanx again,

  • Lewis LoRizzo

    Do you feel that taking iodine as a chemical preparation is better than taking it in natural food like kelp?

  • Joanne

    Iosol is wonderful. I’ve been using it for several years.

  • Donna

    I went to a specialist that told me that my tyroid was inlarged moreso on the right side, but stated we should wait one year before we do anything??????? I am 38 years old and I feel run down, weight gain and I exercise 3 days a week. Not sure what to do or what to take. I did the self Iodine test and it did disapear within an hour. Any suggestions would be great, thank you.

  • Richard Mooney

    The Japanese have less breast cancer, and they consume more iodine, therefore we must all take more iodine? Rubbish.

    If you think you may have an underactive thyroid, go and see your doctor. He or she will do a quick and simple blood test, to look at the hormones your thyroid is producing. If you don’t have enough, they can be replaced. Simple.

  • friendlyme

    Kelp is a good form of iodine, and was recommended by Edgar Cayce frequently. Cayce, by the way, said not to take kelp and Atomidine (nascent iodine) together.

    Some people today worry because we now know there is a lot of arsenic in kelp. Also some people worry about cleanliness of the oceans and therefore of the kelp growing in the oceans.

    Kelp may be a perfectly acceptable form of supplementation. Use your intuition. I decided to go with Magnascent.

  • Angela

    I graves disease so far i have read that it is due to a hyperthyroid condition.. at 31yrs of age & a little over 4 months now. I was reading and i believe it mostly mentioned hypothyroid, but i am interested in a different method of treatment.

  • Steve

    That “quick simple blood test” usually doesn’t tell you even half of the picture, it usually doesn’t test for T3 levels which are the most important to test. You need to specifically request this test and most doctors don’t do it.
    Your advice is not very helpful in my opinion. Iodine plays many roles, so ensuring your multi-vitamin contains it, and if not supplementing, is never a bad idea.

  • lynette roberts

    i recently had a thyroidectomy due to a goiter and 3 nodules..

    all the tissue was benign….decades ago i stopped using table salt and switched to sea salt then himalayan salt…

    the human physiology is so complexly interdependent in all its functions
    use utmost caution with any supplementation and only under expertly qualified counsel

    also the endicrinologist said that too much kelp causes goiters…
    so too little iodine vs too much iodine equals a possible goiter

  • @ Richard Mooney

    ummmm doctors costs money, lab tests cost money, prescriptions more money and usually are a big mistake….
    I’ll take the supplement any day, sorry doc, you’re going to
    have to get your BIG Bucks from some other sucker.

  • Renee

    Right On Steve! I hate it when some un-informed “know it all” posts such inane dribble. Dr.’s DO NOT want to do the right tests! The typical tests are archaic and “normal range” doesn’t mean a thing! I know because I’ve fought with them for years. They want to tell me it’s my age, and nothing further happens. If supplementing helps, I’m all for it. I’ve recently read that pure organic extra virgin coconut oil (cold pressed only) helps as well.

  • Katy

    The label states that the iodine in Detoxadine is from a “deep sea source”. What is this source? Does this include kelp?
    I have an intolerance to kelp and want to know if I can take this supplement?

  • Eric

    Japanese women have less breast cancer because they consume less saturated fats. When they come to North America and eat our pig food, high in saturated fats, they in fact start developing breast cancer. Check the literature and stop spewing things you know nothing about.

  • brian sheppard

    I have recently been diagnosed with a goiter on the right side of my thyroid which was caused by a nodule bleeding into the cavity, after examinations( scans & biopsy )results were benign,
    my GP has put me on a product called thorne iodine & tyrosine
    containing 225mcg iodine as potassium iodide & 500mg tyrosine as L-tyrosine. my iodine level was 10 which he said was very deficient also my thyroid function test was normal.
    what do you think of this product can I do better?
    Thank you.

  • Janis

    How are you getting on with this supplement? I am a little confused and don’t know whether to try this or the detoxified iodine from Global light?

  • CC

    I’m confused…I thought the point of taking an iodine supplement was to increase thyroid hormone production, to help end the hypothyroid suffering. Why would the Lugol’s solution cause a decrease in hormone production?

  • chris

    Saturated fat is very healthy. Nothing wrong with it at all.

  • Cmych

    Thanks you so much for this very informative article about Iodine and various formulas. I really appreciate this. I noticed that the “worst” item that you listed was potassium iodide, and I understand it is toxic. However, it is the only one that you listed as having been reported to have been proven effective in the event of an emergency with nuclear radiation poisoning, if I remember correctly. My question is whether or not the more natural forms listed are as effective in preventing thyroid cancer in the event of an emergency such as has occurred in Japan. Particularly, for those of us “downwind’ of Japan. Just trying to cover all my bases. Also how does the product you recommend compare with the ionic form of iodine, or is it the same. I also understand that there isn’t the danger of taking too much iodine if it is in ionic form, as the body naturally releases what it doesn’t need. Is this your understanding? If so, does your product do the same. How does it compare? Thanks.

  • Angel


    What is the toxic level (in mg and in mcg) per day of iodine?


  • Katherine Foulk

    Japanese also tend to eat a lot of seaweed which is naturally high in iodine.

  • susana

    It’s not that simple. My thyroid stopped working a couple of years ago. My doctor began by prescribing the lowest dose of synthroid. It got me to within an “acceptable” range on my hormones, but I’m still gaining weight, have no energy and extremely dry skin, and I keep losing hair. My doctor won’t raise the dosage because ….. she’s afraid I may develop a heart condition. I get so depressed sometimes thinking that my life is going to be this way from now on. I’m going to try the supplement.

  • Ruskow

    My daughter’s 40 yrs. had the same problem. Did the test and it dissapeared in less than one hr. She’s taking Lugol’s Iodine and the results for her are great. She’s looging weight and have more energy.

  • jenn

    the organic unrefined coconut oil i just brought. Spectrum brand. theres a website featured it so good luck reading n have fun its very informative.

  • Eva Cagle

    To Eric: The Japanese people consume large quantities of pork and fat in their diet.

    Ever look at pictures of lost native tribesmen and see that 3 out of 10 of the natives is fat?

    How is this possible when they live off of fish, birds and grubs and have never seen a McDonalds nor eaten fast foods?

  • Iris Kraft

    The test you did shows you that your body is very low in iodine and that is why it was absorbed so quickly. I am using Atomidine 2oz bottle (1-800-862-2923 Heritage Products). This size bottle has 960 doses as you use only 1 drop = 600 mcg or (400% DV). I am actually taking half the amount (300 mcg) because I wanted to see how I felt at that level. The change was quite significant as the deep ache in my legs and up to my waist, joint pain disappeared, my energy level, focus, mental capability all improved and that was the first time I used it.
    Because of my gluten sensitivity and intolerance to the proteins in milk, eggs and soy my change in diet eliminated many of the foods that would have given me the iodine. So for consistency sake the supplementing makes sense.

  • April

    Ha ha you tell them Dana. All these doctors are about is trying to milk you for every dime and fix one thing on you then messes up another. I would rather go with the supplements also.

  • April

    I just purchased losol iodine and have been taking it for a few days. I want to see if it will work for me. I have been diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and have low energy etc…..I will let you know how it’s working out in a few months.

  • Adam Barry


    I understand your cunfused. I’m hypothyroid just outside the upper blood TSH ref range & low T4 but normal T3 levels.

    I have had radioactive iodine trace with ultra sound & the right side of my thyroid is 3 time larger than the left & it is very grainy in texture with a higher blood flow.

    Diognosis likely Hashimotos Thyroditis. My mother has Hashimotos & also her brother has it. They are both on thyroid hormone treatment. Must be genetic in the family.

    I have tried many types of both T3 & T4 natural & synthetic thyroid hormone with terrible results mostly hyper reactions, so my holistic doctor refered me to a naturopath for thyroid assistance.

    As i am very sensative to medication/vitamins/minerals the naturopath gave me elemental iodine 1 drop = 6mg of elemental iodine & i was to start on 1 drop in a glass of water & drink half glass per day which = 3mg elemental iodine per day. If no problems after 2 weeks then increase to 1 drop & hold their until a further 4 weeks until bloods are done.

    Initially the iodine gave me a lot more energy & mood lift which was great to acomplish things i had not had the energy or get up & go for a long time however as the days rolled on i was becoming a little more short & abrupt & like i was on the go 24/7. My mouth became dry, stomach aches, hair falling out, sexual dysfunction, increased depression, increased appitite, cronic thirst & urination, vomiting feelings & then cronic anxiety & exhaustion.

    From all i read on the net this is not iodine detox symptoms but due to iodine overdose / toxicity symptoms.

    At just over the 2 week point i went back to the GP as an anxious absolute mess & immediately he told me to stop the iodine & have bloods taken first thing the next morning.

    The bloods came back & my TSH had gone sky high & my T4 even lower. looks like it initialy made me feel well then possibly hyper & then hypo in a matter or just over 2 weeks.

    i’m not to take the iodine at present & the Gp will run bloods again in 4 weks time & hopefully my thyroid has swung back to pre iodine treatment levels.

    From lots of reaserch i have done on the net it looks like their are a few causes as to why this has happened to myself & yourself along with many other thyroid patience.

    The current RDA or RDI, recomended daily intake of iodine through diet or supplimentation for men & women adults is 150mcg per day. The maximum upper limit recomended daily intake of iodine per day adults is 1,100mcg per day generally without side effects or overdose / toxicity.

    1) The thyroid needs iodine to function & produce T3 & T4 however the thyroid only needs approx 100mcg of iodine per day to do so.
    1mg = 1000mcg. My naturopath had me start on 3mg or 3000mcg of elemental iodine per day. Lugols drops are approx the same between 6mg to 12mg iodine per drop depending on what ratio & strenght you brought. If the thyroid is supplied to much iodine it generally will firstly go hyper & then it has an inbulit mechanisim to protect its self & therefore will go hypo & start to shut down.

    3) I have also read a lot of info on the net in regards to some people (not all) with hashimotos thyroditis have the same reaction to iodine & many believe that the iodoine causes the thyroid to flare up the auto immune attack even further & destroy more of the thyroid. I’m not sure about this as many with the same condition do well on iodine supplementation also.

    I’m now in the waiting stage & will have my bloods run in 4 weeks time. Hopefully the TSH & T4 levels will swung back to pre iodine treatment levels & if so my doctor & i are happy to just take the RDA / RDI 150mcg per day in iodine drops or tablet form & hope & pray that that my hypo symptoms reduce or go away & it lowers my TSH to a much more appropriate level & brings the T4 up slightly.

    I hope this information helps you & i know you have posted here a long time ago but i have only just read your posting & i have only just gone through the iodine treatment similar to yourself.

    Just caution the dosage of iodine you have taken as it may be to way to high & shutting down the thyroid even further or it may be simply that you & i have hashimotos thyroiditis that responds poorly to any dosage level of iodine & maybe we need to stay well clear of iodine. Trial & error is probably what it will take. Nascent sell iodine drops in bottle online & claim that their iodine is approx 400mcg per drop which is still over the RDA / RDI however greatly less potent to the Lugols & so on. Their are some other companies on the net that sell iodine in drops or tablets around the 150mcg level also. Just do your reaserch.

    Some people i have reads about on the net reported that have reacted badly to even small doses of iodine which they eventully they traced to the multivitamin they were taking & the iodine content within had made their thyroid even more hyper or hypo.

    All the best with your thyroid issue & i really hope for you that you get it sorted & feel well or have it sorted by now.

    I’m a guy, 36 years old with it & it sucks as i too am having great difficulty treating it & its not really a topic of converstaion you can talk about with your guy mates. Most have never heard of a thyroid before. I think many of them when they first hear about the thyroid think maybe its a part of an engine & if they fit it to their car maybe it will go faster or preform better. LOL.

    All the best.

    Adam Barry.

  • Kimmarie

    Hi I just read your scoop on hosemotos , and I also have a goiter,I have been seeing drs and put on thyroid meds and then it gets to high , I had some serios digestive problems and was unabil to eat food ,then found a drug motillum ,and in six months put on 60 lbs ,I am so horrified at this turn this events ,drs have not been much help as recently when I knew I was low they refused to help with meds until it got to the point I was begging for some kind of help,I also cannot lose this weight. Can you guide me in the right direction, sorry so long,thanks for your contrubtion

  • rj

    I gained 12 pounds the first week of taking this 🙁

  • Murgatroyd

    Breast tissue uptakes nearly as much iodine as the thyroid. Every organ in the body requires iodine, so by only dosing enough iodine for thyroid adequacy how are the rest of the organs and skin (yes, skin is an organ) supposed to get sufficient levels? The massive amounts of iodine receptors on the cell surface are not just for decoration. Also, the japanese have been eating pork for centuries in Japan. Traditionally they have eaten large (by our standards) amounts of seaweed which contain iodine.

  • Murgatroyd

    There are lots of types of kelp. Different kelps concentrate different amounts of iodine, bromine, etc.

  • Murgatroyd

    Isn’t it important to get enough iodine AND selenium? If I am to understand correctly, too much of one will cause a deficiency in the other.

  • Anna

    Hello Barry,
    Sorry to hear about all the problem you had experienced since taking iodine. From what I have read on the net: the reason for this reaction is not iodine, but possible selenium deficiency. I have Hashimotos’ as well, and I decided to start taking 200 mg of selenium and 1,2 mg of iodine potassium two weeks ago. I am planning on increasing the iodine dosage up to 12,5 mg. I will have my blood test done in August. Please read about the selenium/ iodine pair and may be you will find it useful.


  • Scott

    Hi Barry, what happened after you waited 4 weeks and had the blood work done? Did your tsh and other thyroid levels return to where they were before supplementation? I am asking because, although I had no prior thyroid issues as you did, was just concerned about environmental toxins, I was put on a iodine/iodide 6.25 mg a day dose by a naturopath for ten months. When my doctor did my bloodwork the other day, my tsh was 5.35 indicating hypo. He had me go off the supplement several days go and I have noticed similar symptoms to what you mentioned (anxiety/nervousness). I am obviously praying my system will normalize and will have bloodwork done in 2 months (maybe sooner). Really interested to hear what happened to you. Many Thanks, Scott

  • Patty

    I would consult another Doctor.

  • telesia

    Uh… the author is trying to sell #1, and mis-states the facts about Lugol’s Solution, which does NOT contain any alcohol. It is 85% distilled water, 10% Potassium Iodide, and 5% Elemental Iodine. That’s it. That’s all that’s in it… been made that way since 1829.

  • telesia

    Mrugatroyd, I will say this first; RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH. You might also want to read the work of Dr. Guy Abraham, and Dr. Donald Miller, regarding iodine supplementation.

    Three supplements should be taken with iodine, and dosing by body weight is a good idea. Those three supps are: Selenium, Magnesium (Malate), and Omega-3 fish oil (1st press, cold pressed only, salmon only – most effective). The best we found so far is New Chapter’s “Wholemega”, but there are others, probably more reasonably priced.

  • telesia

    About two bottles of Lugol’s 5% solution. Perhaps one for a small woman. It’s not that toxic… Tylenol is considerably more toxic per milligram.

  • yolanda

    Exactly how much Iodine should a nursing mother take? I’m still nursing my toddler (20 months) and I feel he is sucking the life right out of me, I started supplementing with Lugol’s iodine, and already can feel the difference, but I’m still not 100% back, I still get fatigues easily and my hair is still brittle and dry and falling out… I just want to know how many milligrams of iodine would be good for me and my baby.

  • ghc_health

    Great to hear from you! I would suggest 3 drops of Detoxadine daily will both supplement your daily needs and still be completely safe to take as you are a nursing mother. Beyond this it may be best to work with a reputable Naturopath or your Primary care Physician to better determine a proper dosage for you specifically.

    Thank you again for your post, take care and be well!

  • ghc_health

    Thank you for your post! The recommended dietary allowance for iodine is the highest for breast-feeding women. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, RDAs for iodine are 290 mcg per day for breastfeeding women, 220 mcg for pregnant women and 150 mcg per day for all other adults.

    Lugol’s my not be the best absorbed form of Iodine, so you may not be receiving the mount that you may need when taking it. I would suggest reviewing Detoxadine as it is one of the best absorbed forms of Iodine that I have found.

    Thank you again for your post, take care and be well!

  • Lori

    I bought a product called IOSOL Formula ll. It is 1830 mcg made by TPCS. It is Ammonium Iodine. Is this the right type of iodine to be consuming? It is a liquid and I use 1 drop in water. Is this product safe?

  • susi

    How can I take Lugol?!

  • Caro


    I was going through the same a while ago, and nothing seemed to work. My hair was dull, I was so tired etc… In leu that my Dr. wasn’t doing anything I embarked on a quest to find out how to feel better and started doing my own research. I found out I had to have a Reverse T3 which gave me the real numbers — Indeed my ranges were out of order, then found a great report with natural remedies and finally saw a huge difference on how I feel. The website is healYounaturally then I think it is ” find your condition” page and look up Hashimoto/Hypothyroidism It’s been only two months and I feel amazing since I got my health under control. No more synthetic stuff for my body.

  • Holly Amber Copeland

    I dont know about that one but I use atomodine. It can be taken at high doses when needed with extremely low chance of any unwanted effects on health. I take about 48 mg worth of it per day (70 drops) for my hypothyroidism. I have been using it almost 1 year and have lost some weight and gained energy with no negative health effects and my thyroid hormone production has improved. Look up Dr. Brownstein for some good naturopathic info on iodine.

  • Holly Amber Copeland

    It can be if it’s a good supplemental source of iodine. It is difficult to eat enough iodine from diet alone. Japanese have higher iodine consumption mainly because they eat so much seafood and seaweed almost every meal. I use nascent iodine for my iodine supplement and it works well.

  • Holly Amber Copeland

    I also use atomodine as a supplemental source for nascent iodine and have had great results for my hypothyroidism. It can be taken at high doses when needed with extremely low chance of any unwanted effects on health. I take about 48 mg worth of it per day (70 drops) for my hypothyroidism. I have been using it almost 1 year and have lost some weight and gained energy with no negative health effects and my thyroid hormone production has improved. Look up Dr. Brownstein for some good naturopathic info on iodine. Do research and think for yourself. Also, no one (including doctors) is more in-tune with your body than you, so pay attention to it and dont be afraid to research things and think for yourself on things. Some sources do not give accurate info, though, so be aware of that.

  • Holly Amber Copeland

    I had hypothyroidism that was not detected by doctors because my iodine levels were too low to even produce TSH doctors measure to diagnose hypothyroidism, so they misdiagnosed me and treated me with the wrong medications for years and practically almost killed me. What medical company is paying you to spread misinformation? I will not trust a doctor’s diagnosis over mine anymore and I discourage anyone else from thinking doctors know what they’re talking about.

  • Holly Amber Copeland

    Look up Dr. Brownstein for information on idoine. His information is more accurate than most other sources. Japanese eat about 12 miligrams of iodine per day. Americans eat maybe 300 micrograms per day (40 times less). Japanese have much lower rates of hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances, and higher iodine intake significantly reduces risk of cancer and heart disease. Nascent iodine has been taken for acute conditions with no negative effects on health. Most sources that warn against taking too much iodine are written by drug companies that have an economic interest in selling synthetic prescription medications instead of iodine. I have been taking more than 600 micrograms of iodine per day for almost 1 year now and it has significantly improved my thyroid function with no negative health effects whatsoever.

  • Holly Amber Copeland

    It’s possible you were producing T3 and it was not converting into T4 like it is suposed to. T3 is usually converted to T4 in the liver. Do some research on that. A good liver cleanse might help improve your liver function, but there aren’t many good liver cleanse products available as far as I know. I use Himalaya brand supplement called Liver Care and take several of them at night before bed (not at mealtimes). You could look into that if you want.

  • Holly Amber Copeland

    I’ve been using nascent iodine in an atomodine supplement for quite some time and have great results with it, so I also disagree that Lugols is the only decent source of iodine.

  • Holly Amber Copeland

    I would highly recommend you take an iodine supplement (nascent iodine in an atomodine supplement works great for me). You could also eat some selenium, too, if you wanted. It’s nearly impossible to overdose on nascent iodine, so you don’t need to worry too much about that, but don’t take more than 200 mcg of selenium per day. japanese eat 20-40 times more iodine than americans and almost never have thyroid or hormonal imbalance problems. Iodine also decreases risk of cancer and heart disease.

  • ELLie

    if you want a cheap and reliably safe way to start taking iodine, which is also a rough test of how much your body needs iodine. buy liquid iodine in a chemist shop, the kind for cleaning small cuts and grazes and paint it on the soles of your feet before you go to bed and after a hot bath or shower.
    the quicker the yellow colour disappears the more your body wants/needs the iodine. i did this first before moving on to the drops as i wanted to treat my body carefully and not risk a strong reaction from the detoxification which Iodine does.
    i hope this is helpful, when i was hypothyroid and getting a swell in my neck i started painting it straight onto my skin at my throat and the colour seemed to go into my skin as i was applying it!
    my gauge of how depleted my iodine is works like this. if in the morning you can still see some yellow on the soles of you feet from the night before then you are getting close to getting enough. this does not mean you can stop altogether but it does mean you can start to reduce the number of times you use it, or perhaps move on to a continued dosage knowing you can take the detoxing effects which can be quite strong.

  • Alan D Smith

    It would be helpful if you would tell us about dosage quantities of the various types of iodine.

  • Edward Group

    Hey Alan,

    Good point, although the only product I can speak directly about is going to be Detoxadine-

  • hp b

    Yes it is safe and will bring your iodine up to an optimal level.
    I also use Iosol Formula II. Easy, cheap and safe.
    In the morning I take a glass of water, add one or two drops of Iosol and a good squirt of lemon/lime juice. This way I get my iodine and PH balance in one small glass of water, first thing in the morning.

    I also take vitamin D-3 (5,000mg) and Astaxanthin (12mg).
    Practically everyone is now aware of D-3 and Astaxathin is a wonderful anti-oxidant/anti-inflammatory.

    These taken consistently for a few months will result in noticeable results like increased energy and attitude.

  • EMMA

    I went to see a Doctor who told me the little enlargement on my neck is goiter that i need surgery.Pls from my research i dont think that surgery is d only solution to it. Pls what do i do am already dying psychologically.

  • stef

    FYI – New Chapter sold out to Proctor and Gamble. I switched to MegaFood.

  • ghc_health
  • Ummmm

    Most Dr;s do want to do the right tests and they do want their patients to get better. They aren’t a bunch of evil ogres. It is possible the knowledge they have now is not the entire picture and thus hampers the ability to decide what is best for the patient. They work within the realms of what they know. Also as for Richard, go to the dr, take some pills, simple… it is not that simple. Blood tests may show levels to be in the normal range and yet health issues still exist. Too often we look to cure the symptoms but don’t look at what is the root cause.

  • Noelle

    I want to give an iodine drench to my goats who are pregnant because I believe the same concerns are there for them as well as us..They weigh between 70-90 lbs. Would I treat as a child for dosing and how many drops per day of the “Survival Sheild”?
    Could I paint it on their skin instead? They do receive sea kelp free choice but I want to insure healthy pregnancies,deliveries and offspring.

  • Carol Woodruff

    I wish it were that simple – taking a pill doesn’t cure it…you can take the same dose for years and all of a sudden it will be too much or too little. the pills have side effects. then there’s Hashimotos (the autoimmune form of a hypothyroid) which complicates the issue. and then there’s the latest news that women who have taken thyroid (replacement) hormones for 15 years or more have a 200% increased risk of breast cancer. that article added it’s due to not enough iodine.

  • Carol Woodruff

    you are right. most of the time they just don’t know much about thyroid issues.

  • Carol Woodruff

    Amen. I wasn’t tested for years because I was told I was too skinny to have a hypothyroid, nor did I have a goiter. After listening to me complain for 4 months, the doctor who finally tested told me it had obviously been coming on for YEARS.

  • There’s certainly a great deal to learn about this subject.
    I like all the points you made.

  • Timothy Johnston

    I read in an old issue of the Merck Manual that Iodine, by bolstering the immune, system actually exacerbates the autoimmune problem known as Celiac disease in which gluten is seen as an “invader” and is thus attacked at the cellular level causing the festering sores and dermatological symptoms associated with the disease. It suggested less iodine as an assist to the condition and so I used the non iodized salt for a few years till I got it under control. I really have trouble sticking to the strict gluten free diet and despise vendors who stick a gluten free label on everything so they can up the price. I just stay away from every grain except corn and rice and use my own home grown and ground corn to assure no other amendments are added.

  • Don Partridge

    Atomodine is an excellent product, but of course the best source of iodine would be kelp. It is a food and you can get it the way nature intended. Some of the concentrated forms are useful medicinally for short term high dose. But on a daily nutritional basis food, plants are your best source of nutrients,

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  • Lisa

    Is it okay to still take iodine if you don’t have a thyroid?

  • jody

    supplemental thyroid ( armour w/out titanium) or iodine

  • mena

    That’s really smart. Do you think I can test it on my skin with the Lugol’s iodine instead of buying the the reg one for cuts?

  • oldbill

    I have used Lugol’s for four years and I have been thrilled with the results.

  • 7LibertyForAll

    Your whole body needs iodine/iodide, different tissues need one or the other…..not just the thyroid.

  • 7LibertyForAll

    Those doctors are highly paid for their expertise. The onus is on THEM to keep up with what they should know. I am so tired of people excusing these boobs for their often willing ignorance and being merely drug pushers for BigPharma.

  • 7LibertyForAll

    I supplement with Iodoral.

  • Glenda

    i mix most of my own skin products, because of skin maladies and was thinking about adding Ocean Kale to my mixtures. Is this a good idea and will it work! Also what would be a good brand for this

  • carla

    My hair has turned drg and lifeless since seakelp iodine supplemrnt

  • Pamela Fisher

    Global Healing, you state under Lugols that, “increases respiratory tract secretions and inhibits thyroid hormone secretion.” This doesn’t sound like a good thing, is it? I have asthma, will “Lugols make it worse?

  • Tough to say, it’s something to think about but I couldn’t say if it will or won’t worsen or improve your specific situation. There can be and likely are a lot of other factors to consider.

  • Jill Yerington

    Amen Carol!!!!! So painfully True!! I am an R.N. and I have seen this phenomenon repeated time and time again. Do you have any idea of how many drug reps filter through their offices on any given day much less per week? It is insane. My

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  • Jac

    I react badly to gluten and, although I haven’t had the cealiac test, my doctor recommended to keep away from gluten. I also don’t eat anything made from the substitute starches and find I don’t get much in the way of reactions, gluten-wise.

  • maggi

    hi I’m new to this Iodine treatment and would like to know if Detoxadent iodine is good for enlarged ovary and fibroids.

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  • Tracy

    Now this is not true! I have seen 17 doctors/dentists in the last 4 years and not a one ‘wants to help’…they just want the $$$. Very discouraging until I found a chiropractor with LLLT and lugol’s iodine website

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  • Denise Kress

    Hi-I just learned about iodine deficiency. I had breast cancer 11 years ago and have continued to have breast cysts. I purchased Lugol’s and am taking 2drops per day to start. But I’m guessing at my regimen. It’s day 5 and I think I’m detoxing a little. Just feeling tired.( I will switch to Detoxidine after this bottle.:))

    The big question is how much should I be taking? Thank you! 🙂

  • Loves Disciple

    Avoid Fukushima seaweeds and things that have been contaminated as it is a serious ongoing issue for sure. I recommend J Crows Lugols Iodine and educating yourself through Doctor David Brownsteins iodine research and his books as Lynne Farrows The Iodine Crisis book.

  • GHC Support

    Hello, Denise. Thank you for contacting GHC.
    Essentially, Detoxadine and Lugol’s Iodine Solution are different forms of iodine where the suggested dosages are not comparable to one another. Although the recommended dose for Lugol’s Iodine may be higher, Detoxadine is a high bio-available formula where we simply recommended 3
    drops (1,950 mcg) of Detoxadine daily for best results. Additionally, bear in mind that although more iodine may be needed depending on your iodine deficiency, it is helpful to work with a reputable naturopath to discuss a personal dose for you whether you use Lugol’s Iodine Solution
    or our very own formula.

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  • Michael (NW)

    I’ve read conflicting information about the different types of Iodine. It would seem that Lugol’s is the most highly rated, yet some say that the potassium iodide can cause issues. Nascent seems good, but I’ve read it will not detox heavy metals like Lugol’s can, and that it’s more just for thyroid health. Any thoughts about this? I’m currently taking Lugol’s 2% 1 drop (2.5mg) a day. I get energy from it, mood might perk up, but I think after a week or two on it I’m having some heart palps and maybe stimulation like feelings and worse sleep. I’m not sure if this is detox or if I’m over stimulating my body/thyroid/adrenals.

  • GHC Support

    Iodides are iodine bound to another mineral, such as potassium, which makes them harder for the body to use. Nascent Iodine is a special non-toxic transformed mono-element iodine product. In other words, the only mineral Nascent Iodine contains is iodine! This means easier uptake and utilization, and in our experience, it can successfully prevent toxic chemicals such as fluorine, chlorine, and bromine from interfering with thyroid function, and allow them to pass out of the system. You might considered temporarily lowering your dose, to see if the symptoms you are experiencing decrease, and then gradually building back up to the recommended dosage. This will allow your body time to adjust, and lessen any healing crisis you might be experiencing.

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  • SandyB-IL

    I’m confused about proper dosing of iodine supplements. I’ve read in other articles that the RDA for iodine is 150 mcg (Not MG) for adult men & women. And that it’s unwise to go over 500 mcg per day. If 1 drop of Lugol’s contains 6.3 MG of iodine, then you’re consuming 6300 mcg of iodine, which seems way high, especially if taken daily. Help me to understand this please. Thanks!

  • GHC Support

    Although we don’t have specific dosage information about Lugols, we recommend 3 drops of Detoxadine, which is 1,950 mcg of elemental iodine. Many western countries suffer iodine deficiency from diets based on processed foods. These foods introduce toxins which disrupt absorption of dietary iodine. Because of this, we feel that a higher amount of supplemental iodine is necessary, to support thyroid health, and protect the body from these toxins.

  • Sharon Anderson Catdancing

    Never take iodine with out selenium 200mcg

  • Luke Giese

    Dr Abraham recommends a lot of companion supplements with iodine. Do we need these to absorb iodine or can I just take an iodine supplement?

  • GHC Support

    Thank you for reaching out to us. Generally, we
    recommend taking iodine alongside Selenium and VeganSafe B-12 to promote normal thyroid function. Selenium will assist in the production of thyroid hormones and antioxidant enzymes that protect the thyroid from free radicals while VeganSafe B-12 will be helpful in boosting energy production. For more information on our Thyroid Health Kit, please visit:

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  • A’sia Lynn

    I had my thyroid removed 15 years ago and the blood tests say I’m within a normal range, however my body says otherwise. I’ve been messed up inside and out since then. The tests don’t tell u everything and aren’t so simple. I go to a lot of groups and blogs and almost everyone is in normal range but still have all the problems of a hypothyroid body.

  • A’sia Lynn

    I had mine removed when I was 22 yrs old. That was 15 years ago and was a big mistake. I was too young and didn’t have a parent available at the time to help make any decisions so when they told me my life was in jeopardy I put up a stink but ended up going through with it and since then have suffered greatly. Surgical removal should be the absolute last resort trust me 🙁

  • A’sia Lynn

    Haha I posted to him without reading below. I got so mad. It’s far from simple or easy. The test always says in normal range. I have no thyroid and didn’t take the supplement in a whole year and it still said I was in normal range….impossible if I don’t have one and not taking the meds. What a crock. I’ve suffered ever since they removed it.

  • A’sia Lynn

    I’ve had many many many thyroid so called specialists and they all think they know it all. Eat healthy, drink water, exercise, they don’t even consider the possibility they could be missing something. If they really cared they would look outside the norm and admit they don’t know why the meds aren’t helping and why the tests they do say normal yet we’re still suffering while they go home and feel just fine. Until that is it happens to someone they love then they’ll do the research. Most Dr’s don’t even know half the info on thyroids than I can tell them, pretty sad.

  • A’sia Lynn

    I’ve been suffering for 15 years after mine was removed and been to many many Dr’s with no results. 100 lbs I’ve gained since removal and no diet works. I lose a little and then gain it right back. It’s so unfair.

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