Best way to supplement iodine

by Denni
(Trinidad)

Hi Wray. Which is the best way to supplement iodine? I've tried the topical application (with iodine tincture), and the stain disappeared after a few hours. However, the only strength of tincture I could find was 1.5%, so I don't know whether that had something to do with the stain disappearing. I've also seen that iodine drops (to be taken orally) are also available.

Which route do you recommend?

Some 30 years ago, my mom was diagnosed with overactive thyroid and was told to avoid iodine. As a result, I grew up avoiding iodised salt. After reading up on the importance of iodine, and the general lack of it among the population, I'm beginning to wonder if I might be deficient.

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Jan 09, 2013
Best way to supplement iodine
by: Wray

Hi Denni Funny you should ask about this now, as I've discovered I'm short too. I use the topical application to test for levels, and mine also disappears within hours. It used to take days for the stain to go. I applied Lugol's tincture which is one of the best, did this for days and the level didn't go up. Tried taking the Lugol's and still the stain went too quickly. I used to make miso soup with wakame seaweed in it, plus make nori wraps. I've decided to go back to this, as the drops are not very nice! And that evidently kept my level up, as it was while eating the above that my skin test was fine. An alternative is kelp, although I don't like that very much, or of course iodine caps. Iodine is now back to being the problem it once was, many are deficient in it, see see here, here, here, here, here and here. Can be a problem if hyperthyroid, although that can also be caused by a lack of vitamin D, as can the hypo version. I take it you're not hyperthyroid? Take care Wray

May 03, 2013
Best Way to supplement iodine
by: Denni

Hi Wray. Just wanted to update you on my iodine experiment. In the end, I decided to take some kelp tablets to see if it would make any difference. First of all, I noticed that I had a burst of energy shortly after taking the kelp. Is this normal? Also, for this menstrual cycle I had no nipple/breast soreness before my period. Is this a good sign? I know you say that breast tenderness can be caused by lack of iodine.

May 04, 2013
Best Way to supplement iodine
by: Wray

Hi Denni This is so interesting. I seem to remember suggesting making miso soup with it's wakame seaweed, but kelp is another way of getting iodine. The burst of energy is normal, others have experienced it too. This came in today from Dr Mercola, he's more cautious than some doctors who are recommending very high doses, see here. One of the women writing in to the site was recommended to take this supplement here. It's an exceptionally high dose, but she says it's made all the difference. Another woman named Chris wrote in with some excellent info, see here, scroll to 'Iodine Protocol for thyroid & hormones'. She gave more info on this page here, scroll to 'Definitely consider taking iodine as well' I'm delighted the Breast Tenderness went too, I do mention iodine and selenium being essential for the breasts, and often a cause of soreness if low. So yes it's a very good sign. Take care Wray

May 31, 2013
Patch test invalid
by: Anonymous

I've read research that said putting iodine on your skin and waiting to see how long it stays is invalid, as just about anything you put on much will evaporate anyway. You need to get an iodine loading test to know for sure.

Jun 01, 2013
Patch test invalid
by: Wray

Hi there I agree an iodine test is a more accurate way of assessing the iodine level. But it is absorbed via the skin, as is progesterone, all hormones in fact, minerals and more. Take care Wray

Jul 19, 2013
iodine info
by: Penny

I have been using iodine and have found it amazing
My breast soarness which was almost gone with natpro, is now gone as with the lumps as well. There is a protocol when taking iodine and is on this link I have attached here.

Jul 20, 2013
iodine info
by: Wray

Hi Penny I'm delighted you've been helped with the iodine, such an overlooked mineral. Often Breast Tenderness and Breast Cysts are not a progesterone problem, but a lack of iodine. Thanks for the protocol, I've saved it. Take care Wray

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