Iodine for Thyroid Health
Iodine for Thyroid
Iodine is used to make thyroid hormones and protect
against thyroid damage
- For more
than 100 years, high doses of
have been known to benefit both hypothyroidism
(underactivity of the thyroid gland) and
(overactivity of the thyroid gland).
Dr. Guy Abraham has observed several cases of
thyroiditis and hyperthyroidism
that have been corrected by the simple replacement of
production – dietary
is rapidly absorbed by the intestinal tract, chiefly as
iodide, and is then
transported by the blood to the thyroid gland. There iodide is oxidized to
and combined with the amino acid tyrosine to produce mono- and di-iodotyrosines
(MIT and DIT). Further conversion results in the formation of the thyroid
hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), taking place in the thyroid
against H2O2 damage – high TSH
produces hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which together with
iodide is used to form thyroid hormone (TH). A lack of iodide may produce
oxidative stress by increasing levels of H2O2
(since the H2O2 has not been used to produce TH).
Iodine Increases the Production of Thyroid Hormone
back to Normal in hypothyroidism
therapy allows the sluggish thyroid gland to resume
normal production of thyroid hormone – resolving the problem.
An 80 year-old study used 9 mg iodide daily to control goiter in
in preference to thyroid hormone supplementation - Unfortunately, the mainstream medical treatment prescribed for
hypothyroidism and goiter is T4 hormones, instead
of simply supplying the missing
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Iodine can provide the solution to
prevents damage to TPO enzyme, which would otherwise lead to stimulation of TH
production - With an
deficiency, there will not be enough substrate (i.e.
iodine) for thyroid cells to
produce iodinated lipids. Lack of iodinated lipids, such as
ɗ-iodolactone, results in a
loss of the ‘brake’ in the pathway to oxidize iodide,
which may result in a temporary production of too much hydrogen peroxide (H2O2),
which can damage the enzyme TPO.
Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) stimulates cellular mitochondrial
energy-production, which produces H2O2 as a by-product.
With sufficient iodide, this H2O2 is employed in the
organification of iodide to
iodine to make TH via thyroid
peroxidase enzymes (TPO). Without the iodide substrate, the excess H2O2
is able to damage TPO, leading to TPO antibodies stimulating the TSH receptors
and proliferating the hyperactive cycle.
An 80 year-old study
used 9 mg iodide daily to control goiter in adolescent girls.