What Is Nascent Iodine?

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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Nascent iodine is a supplemental form of iodine. Iodine is an essential mineral that the body requires for normal function.[1] For nearly a century, nascent iodine has been regarded as a more effective form of the mineral than many dietary iodine forms, such as potassium iodide. In fact, most forms of dietary iodine become mere iodide in the digestive tract.[2] This is important to note because iodides are not as easily absorbed and utilized by the body, meaning that iodine-dependent organs and processes may not be adequately supported.[3] This is what makes nascent iodine such a popular form of iodine for supplementation. A defining characteristic of nascent iodine is that it is an atomic form of iodine with an incomplete number of electrons. This gives it an electromagnetic charge. It is also why nascent iodine is sometimes referred to as atomic iodine, monatomic iodine, or atomidine.

 

Nascent Iodine History

Nascent iodine has been used since as early as the 1920’s. Before the dramatic uptick in the use of antibiotics and pharmaceuticals, nascent iodine was used to support wellness in several ways. For one, iodine can be used topically to support skin tissue and has been shown to kill infection-causing bacteria.[4, 5] Nascent iodine was a popular choice for this. Iodine has also shown some ability to combat harmful organisms[6] and infections[7], including urinary-tract disturbances[8] and respiratory infections.[9] Iodine can also support normal blood pressure levels[10] and has even been used in dentistry.[11] Nascent iodine has been used to serve all these purposes and more.

In addition to those listed above, there are several ways that nascent iodine supplementation can support wellness. It can also be used to help slow the production of goitrogens in the body[12] by preventing the storage of potentially toxic substances like bromine[13], chlorine[14], and fluoride.[15] Goitrogens are environmental, dietary, or medicinal agents that are known to disrupt the thyroid’s ability to function normally.[16] As an example, these goitrogens can be found in some grains, dairy products, fish, and other dietary sources[17] like sports drinks, sodas, and processed vegetable oils.[18] It’s also important to pay careful attention to the ingredients in tap water, household cleaners, hygiene products, and even skincare and cosmetics. These are common sources of toxic chemical ingredients, many of which can prevent the thyroid from functioning properly.

How Nascent Iodine Works

Nascent iodine was designed to be a supplementary form of iodine with the intention being to provide the body with a way to maintain optimal iodine levels. This is particularly important in the thyroid, which relies on iodine for the production of critical hormones.[19] These thyroid hormones are responsible for things like metabolism[20], brain development and function[21], and even the body’s ability to produce energy.[22] Because nascent iodine is able to be absorbed and utilized more readily than common dietary forms of iodine, it is easier for the thyroid to maintain homeostasis. This means that it will have the appropriate amount of iodine for carrying out its basic physiological processes.

Can Nascent Iodine Benefit Your Health?

Nascent iodine is an important supplement to many people. The body cannot function properly without iodine, yet it cannot produce iodine on its own.[23] The World Health Organization estimates that over 1 billion people across the globe are at risk for iodine deficiency.[23] This is especially important for expecting mothers[24, 25, 26], who tend to be at an exceptionally high risk. Because so many people fail to consume sufficient levels of iodine through diet alone, iodine supplementation is crucial. I highly recommend using Detoxadine®, a nascent iodine supplement on a regular basis. Detoxadine is a vegan-friendly, deep-earth sourced nascent iodine product created to help your body maintain its regular iodine balance. It’s manufactured with a unique transformative bio-elemental matrix using a revolutionary process and contains nano-colloidal nascent iodine. Iodine deficiency can be a serious issue, but nascent iodine supplementation can support the body’s use of this essential trace mineral.

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