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How to Supplement Iodine for health benefits - Nutrient Support

Iodine “The Universal Medicine” 

Nutrient support for iodine supplementation 

 

If you are iodine-loading (taking high dose iodine) or taking iodine "long-term" then ensure a complete nutritional program

 

      Magnesium, vitamin C and selenium are commonly deficient - Dr. David Brownstein says it is best to correct magnesium and Vitamin C before beginning iodine supplementation.

 

      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.

 

Nutrients that should be in your diet

 

      Vitamin C (2500 – 5000 mg/day) – supports sodium/iodide pumps to get Iodine into cells; however, do not take within 2 hours of taking an iodine supplement (or it will neutralize Iodine);



      Selenium (200-400 mcg/day) - needed to facilitate the conversion of T4 to T3 thyroid hormones; also major anti-oxidant support.

 

         NOTE: If you increase your iodine intake you must also CONCURRENTLY supplement  Selenium (and vice versa) - With an iodine deficiency, any attempts to increase  iodine intake will magnify any selenium deficiency causing it to become worse. The reverse is also the case.

 

         Highest levels of Selenium found in:  Brazil nuts (1 nut fresh from shell = ~100 mcg), wheat germ, seafood /shellfish, beef liver and kidney, eggs, sunflower/sesame seeds, mushrooms, garlic, onions, and kelp.  

 

Selenium for Thyroid

 

      Magnesium (400-600mg/day) - needed to minimize detoxification reactions.

 

Magnesium - The Missing Miracle Mineral

 

      Sufficient protein – in particular the amino acid tyrosine (known as the anti-depressant amino acid) -  a co-ingredient with iodine to make thyroid hormones;

 

-       Can be obtained directly in high protein foods  - E.g. chicken, turkey, fish, peanuts, almonds, avocadoes, milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, lima beans, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, soy products,  also bananas;

 

-       Can be synthesized in body from the essential amino acid phenylalanine – also found in meat and dairy in highest amounts, and in lower amounts in oats and wheatgerm. To make use of phenylalanine, the body requires vitamins B3, B6, and C, also copper and iron.

 

      Sufficient essential fatty acids -  Omega-3 (flax seed /krill oil) and Omega-6; iodine is carried from the intestines into the blood via EFAs. Also the liver needs to produce bile (eat beets) to metabolize fats.

 

Neptune Krill Oil  (1000mg/day)

How to Get the Fats of Life

 

      Adequate manganese  (2.5 - 5mg /day) antioxidant-support in liver (for T4 to T3 conversion);

 

         Excellent food sources of manganese: Nuts, seeds, whole-grain cereals and green leafy vegetables - mustard grees, kale, chard, raspberries, pineapple, romaine lettuce, collard/turnip greens, maple syrup, spinach, molasses, garlic, grapes, summer squash, strawberries, oats,  spelt, green beans, brown rice, garbanzo beans, ground cloves, cinnamon, thyme, peppermint, turmeric. 

 

Mn Food Source

Serving

(mg)

Mn Food Source

Serving

(mg)

Mn Food Source

Serving (mg)

Cooked whole-grain oats

1 C=1.37

Raw sunflower/sesame seeds

¼ C=0.7

Boiled Spinach

½ C=0.8

Raspberries

½ C=0.6

Brown Rice, cooked

½ C=0.88

Pineapple

½ C=1.25

Cooked Chick peas

½ C=0.8

Boiled Peas

½ C=0.4

Raw pumpkin seeds

¼ C = 1.04

Whole wheat bread

1slice=.6

Green Tea

1 C=0.4-1.6

Black tea

1 C=0.2-0.8

Walnuts, Almonds

¼ C=.85

Pineapple juice (unsweetened)

Chunks (fresh)

1 C=1.26

1 C=1.5

Maple Syrup

2tsp=0.44

 

Manganese for Thyroid

 

      Vitamin A (25,000 IU/day) for thyroxin production; helps the thyroid absorb iodine; Individuals with low thyroid function (hypothyroidism) have a reduced ability to convert beta-carotene into vitamin A.

 

 

      Zinc (50 mgs/day) - improves thyroid function; assists in the conversion of T4 to active T3 form of thyroid hormone. You can use liquid zinc to test for  zinc deficiency – if you can taste the zinc then you are not deficient. If you taste nothing then you need to supplement.
Zinc supplement should be combined with 2 mg  Copper - since they are antagonists and increasing zinc levels will lower copper levels)

 

      Vitamin E (400 IU/day) - assists in the absorption of iodine;

 

      Niacin (B3)  (Inositol Hexanicotinate 500 mg 2xdaily) – B3 is needed to increase ATP functionality to help with energy and organification of iodine. If you are taking it. B3 may be in your wholefood green drink supplement () in lesser amounts but more bioavailable.

IODINE related links

 

IODINE

Related Links

IODINE – The Universal Medicine

About Iodine

-  Health Functions  

"Iodine at work in the body”

Other Uses for Iodine

IODINE DEFICIENCY

About Iodine deficiency  

“Common and affects more than thyroid”

-  Why are we Iodine Deficient?

Goitrogens vs. Iodine

-  Symptoms of Iodine Deficiency

-  Iodine Sufficiency tests

IODINE HEALTH BENEFITS

About Iodine Health Benefits

Chart of Health Benefits

-  Iodine against thyroid disorders

-   Iodine against cancer

HOW TO SUPPLEMENT IODINE

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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