How to Supplement Iodine
How-to Supplement Iodine
Unfounded fear of iodine supplementation is
having deathly consequences
Goal is to attain whole-body sufficiency of
Supplements should contain both Iodine and iodide
Sources of Iodine/Iodide
How Much Daily Iodine is Needed?
Iodine Supplementation for Animals
For information on the importance of iodine in the body:
Unfounded fear of
iodine supplementation is having
supplementation may be the safest, simplest, most effective and least expensive
way to solve the healthcare crisis currently crippling our nation –
when supplementation is with inorganic, NON-radioactive forms of
iodine, in daily
amounts of iodine for
whole body sufficiency and
According to Guy E. Abraham, MD, former professor of endocrinology and perhaps
the world's most knowledgeable expert on iodine and the thyroid:
"Medical iodophobia has reached pandemic
proportions. It is highly contagious and has wreaked havoc on the practice of
medicine and on the U.S. population. More
misery and death in the U.S. may have resulted from [medicine's unwarranted fear
of iodine] than from both World Wars combined."
Dr. Abraham has studied iodine therapy in high doses in over 4,000 people,
publishing his findings in a document titled "The Iodine Project", completely
dispelling the myth and fear of iodine therapy by the mainstream medical
Solution was once medically prescribed
at > 12.5
mg iodine/iodide day
- Prior to the availability of assays for thyroid
hormones and without any test for assessing whole body sufficiency
for iodine, our medical predecessors recommended a range of daily
iodine intake from Lugol’s solution (12.5-37.5 mg) exactly within
the range required for achieving whole body sufficiency for iodine.
Goal is to attain whole body sufficiency of
Collective experience of 3 generations of
clinicians has determined that the most effective amount of iodine/iodide for
treating symptoms of iodine /iodide deficiency is in the daily intake range of 3
- 50 mg - This level of iodine/iodide intake is
referred to as orthoiodosupplementation and is usually required to achieve whole
body sufficiency for iodine, based on Dr. Abraham’s iodine loading test. At
sufficiency, the adult body retains approximately 1.5 gm of the iodine consumed
(at least 30 times higher than the amount reported in medical textbooks) - at
such time, 90% the ingested iodine is excreted in the urine as iodide. Dr.
Abraham found that many people require 50 mg/day of iodine for several months
before they will excrete 90% of it.
Iodine-loading, 24-hour Urine
The concept of this test -
is that the normally functioning human body has a mechanism to
retain ingested iodine until
whole body sufficiency for iodine is achieved.
iodine-sufficient person -
should eliminate 90% or more of an ingested amount of
iodine in the urine over a 24-hour period.
iodine-deficient person -
will tend to hold onto an ingested amount of
iodine if they do not have an
optimal amount of body-iodine, and a smaller amount will be found in
the urine during the 24-hour collection period.
(1) Empty bladder
(2) Ingest 50 mg of iodine/iodide
(3) Measure total urine for 24 hours and send urine sample to a
laboratory to be tested for iodine
Most people can just assume they are
iodine deficient, simply start
iodine supplementation and not bother with the test.
For those who are interested, Dr. Flechas (828-684-3233) offers the
iodine-loading test for ~$75 at
Supplements should contain both Iodine and
"It was thought that the intestinal tract could easily convert iodine to iodide,
but research has shown this is not true.”
"Iodine, Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It"
Because different tissues concentrate different forms of
iodine, it is essential to use a supplement
that contains both iodide and iodine for
Halogen (member of Group 17a in the Periodic Table), and like other
halogens forms diatomic molecules (2 atoms bonded together)
Breast, prostate, stomach cells, ovaries
Reduced /Salt form
Iodide atom with a −1 charge. Compounds with iodine in formal
oxidation state −1 are called iodides. This includes ionic
compounds such as cesium iodide or covalent compounds such as carbon
tetraiodide (CI4). Other examples are hydrogen iodide,
sodium iodide (NaI), potassium iodide (KI), silver iodide (AgI)
and nitrogen triiodide (NI3).
Thyroid gland, salivary glands, skin
Kidneys, spleen, liver, blood, salivary glands, intestines
Thyroid gland functions better when
iodide is included - Endocrinology textbooks state that
ingestion of only iodine is sufficient without iodide, since it is converted
into iodide in the intestines, but a study using both iodine and iodide
indicates that the thyroid gland functions better when iodide is included. (The
thyroid gland and the skin contained significantly more iodine/iodide when rats
were fed with iodide than with iodine; whereas the stomach walls and stomach
contents had a significantly greater level of
iodine/iodide in iodine-fed rats than
iodide-fed animals, questioning the view that iodide and iodine are
Thrall K and Bull LU,
Differences in the distribution of iodine and
iodide in the Sprague-Dawley rat, Fundamental and Applied
Sources of Iodine and Iodide
For information on several food
and supplement forms of iodine and iodide:
How much daily Iodine is Needed ?
How much iodine /iodide are we consuming?
The U.S. RDA for iodine is 150 mcg –
introduced in 1980’s, this RDA was based solely on the amount of iodine/iodide
needed to prevent goiter, hypothyroidism, and extreme stupidity, and does not
take into account the body’s other iodine requirements. According to Dr. David
Brownstein, M.D. author of “Iodine:
Why You Need It Why You Can't Live Without It, the current RDA of 150
mcg (1 mcg = 1 thousandth of a milligram) is woefully deficient for supplying
iodine sufficiency to the body
Average U.S. consumption of
in 2000, was 240 to 300 μg/day for men and 190 to 210 μg/day for women -
~ 50 times less than the
mainland Japanese average of ~13.8 mg.
Nutrition in Japan, 1964. Nutrition Section, Bureau of Public Health, Ministry
of Health and Welfare, Japan. Printed: Tokyo, Japan, March 1965.
The Japanese are now consuming much more
1964 data found
that average Japanese seaweed consumption was 4.5g/day yielding 13.8 mg, with
measured iodine concentration of 3.1 mg/g
seaweed. According to public health officials, mainland Japanese now consume an
average 14.5 g of seaweed /day yielding 45 mg iodine, if iodine content (not
measured) has remained the same.
Seaweed has the
highest concentration of iodine of any living tissue and, in Japan, is used to
mulch gardens, and is put in soups and used to wrap many types of foods.
General Guidelines for Iodine Dosage
For general health maintenance - an
intake of ~ 3 to 12 mg iodine/day, supplied as a combination of
iodine and iodide,
is likely to be healthful.
Pregnancy / Lactation - more
iodine is needed
Exposure to unnatural amounts of
antagonists (halogens) – more
iodine is needed; Examples of halogens
include bromine, fluorine, and chlorine (typical in the Western world today).
For people with lower organ dysfunction and in
greater need of optimization of body iodine stores - intakes up to
50 mg per day can be consumed safely.
A daily intake of 6 mg
required for sufficiency of the thyroid gland alone, without considering the
rest of the body -
according to calculations by Dr. Abraham's research group.
Abraham et al, Orig. Int., 9:30-41, 2002;
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to iodine supplementation, since
everyone’s needs are different. To help you determine your ideal dosage:
Support nutrients needed for iodine supplementation
Commonly deficient magnesium,
are especially important - Dr.
David Brownstein says it is best to correct
before beginning iodine supplementation.
Also, if an acidic condition is present, you should correct the pH
imbalance - by eating whole
foods and eliminating refined foods. Iodine
itself is also an alkalinizing agent for the body.
For a detailed list of support nutrients
required when supplementing iodine:
Iodine Supplementation for Animals
Iodine helped mares to breed – iodine
used successfully for mares that would not breed or had cystic ovaries. Dose was
just a few drops of Lugol’s solution in their water buckets over 2 to 3 months.
Folk Medicine, by J.C. Jarvis, M.D. Henry Holt & Co., 1958