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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 iodine

   Supplements should contain both Iodine and iodide

   Sources of Iodine/Iodide

   How Much Daily Iodine is Needed?

   Support Nutrients

   Iodine Supplementation for Animals


For information on the importance of iodine in the body:

IODINE - Universal Medicine


Unfounded fear of iodine supplementation is having deathly consequences


      High level iodine 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 properly monitored.


 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 profession.


Lugol’s 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 iodine   


      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 test

       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.


-       An iodine-sufficient person - should eliminate 90% or more of an ingested amount of iodine in the urine over a 24-hour period.


-       An 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 content.


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  www.helpmythyroid.com/iodine.htm



Supplements should contain both Iodine and Iodide


"It was thought that the intestinal tract could easily convert iodine to iodide, but research has shown this is not true.”

  -   David Brownstein, MD    "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 all-over benefit.





Prevalent In

Iodine (I2)


Oxidized             /Elemental form

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


(an ion)

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 interchangeable).

Thrall K and Bull LU, Differences in the distribution of iodine and iodide in the Sprague-Dawley rat, Fundamental and Applied Toxicology, 1990



Sources of Iodine and Iodide


For information on several food and supplement forms of iodine and iodide:


Sources of Iodine/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 iodine 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 iodine - 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 iodine 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 iodide 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:


 Iodine Dose Guidelines


Support nutrients needed for iodine supplementation 


      Commonly deficient magnesium, vitamin C and selenium are especially important - Dr. David Brownstein says it is best to correct magnesium and Vitamin C 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:


Required nutrient support for iodine supplementaton



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




IODINE related links



Related Links

IODINE – The Universal Medicine

About Iodine

-  Health Functions  

"Iodine at work in the body”

Other Uses for Iodine


About Iodine deficiency  

“Common and affects more than thyroid”

-  Why are we Iodine Deficient?

Goitrogens vs. Iodine

-  Symptoms of Iodine Deficiency

-  Iodine Sufficiency tests


About Iodine Health Benefits

Chart of Health Benefits

-  Iodine against thyroid disorders

-   Iodine against cancer


About How to Supplement Iodine

-  Sources of Iodine/Iodide

-  Lugols Dosage Guidelines

-  Lugols Dosage Chart

-  Nebulizing Iodine

-  Required Nutrient Support

-  Iodine side-effects


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