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Lugol's Solution Dosage (Iodine)

Commented on January 06, 2014
Created December 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM

I have 2% lugol's solution. The answer I'm looking for is "a drop contains this amount of iodine and that amount of potassium iodide" and "you should start with x # of drops and work your way up to x # over time" Yeah, make it easy for us please. Do you usually take it in water?

All I can find is lengthy philosophical articles about iodine and lugol's and thyroid issues. I purchased a 2% lugol's solution and just want to know how much to take! I know I should be starting with about 250mcg and working my way up. I started with kelp caps and have worked my way up to about 900-1000 mcg per day on that but taking big handfulls of kelp caps is getting old.

94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

(1007)

on January 06, 2014
at 03:02 PM

Thank you, that's great to know! I still have to carefully monitor my iodine intake so seaweed's out for me but probably fine for many people.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on January 06, 2014
at 12:01 PM

Yup, and even for folks on the west coast of the USA, it would take several days for the fallout to reach there, and even then, it would be exceedingly minute. It's not the iodine that you should worry about, it's other stuff with longer half-lives like cesium.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 06, 2014
at 01:03 AM

The iodine released from Fukushima was I-131 with a half-life of 8 days. It's long gone.

94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

(1007)

on January 05, 2014
at 07:23 PM

If you put one drop of the 2% in a cup of water, then drink a tablespoon of that, you should get about 156.25mcg or the recommended DV. 2 TB, 312.5 etc...

94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

(1007)

on January 05, 2014
at 07:21 PM

For people who need to carefully control iodine (either limit *or* get more), it can be hard to control the dose with iodized table salt. While there is a purported % of DV on it, depending on environmental and storage factors, the iodine can dissipate over time. Many multivitamins have iodine also and can be an issue. Seaweed, again, gives one no control over dosage plus there are concerns over radioactive iodine being present in it it now, esp. Pacific seaweed after Fukushima disaster.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on December 21, 2013
at 09:48 PM

Sorry if my post came across like saying sea veggies cause hyperthyroidism, that's not what I meant. I agree with you, I'm sure one would need to truly over-do them to go that far. Good info on how KI degrades when moisture is present, I learned something new today :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on December 21, 2013
at 02:30 PM

Yes, some iodine is better than none. Folks should use iodized salt (well, I don't, but meh). KI by itself is stable, but as soon as it gets wet, CO2 comes along, you start generating elemental iodine which is lost to the air. You'd have to really over-do sea veggies to swing from hypo- to hyper-thyroid I would think.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on December 20, 2013
at 08:03 PM

Some iodine is better than no iodine; which is the case for many people using salt which does not have iodine. Iodine is typically added in the form of potassium iodide which is pretty stable. And for people that are borderline low in iodine, or may be suffering form hypothyroidism, iodized salt can bring them back to normal, healthy ranges, without overdoing it and causing hyperthyroidism.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on December 20, 2013
at 05:51 PM

Iodized salt is fine, but iodine content diminishes over time due to reduction of iodide to iodine, which sublimes away. Also, iodized salt is mostly there to avoid overt iodine deficiency, not to support optimal health.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on December 20, 2013
at 05:49 PM

I say eat whole food sources of iodine/iodide.

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

(333)

on December 20, 2013
at 02:09 PM

you're saying take iodide, not iodine? Just making sure. Thanks!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on December 20, 2013
at 02:07 PM

Lugol's people are very protective of their iodine source, but it's not really the iodine you want. Iodide, not iodine. I2 is an oxidant. But that's just the chemist in me talking.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on December 20, 2013
at 02:22 AM

are taking 2% Lugol's or the original Lugol's (5%), which of course would make a big difference, ~12.5mg iodine p/d vs ~31.25mg iodine p/d

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on December 20, 2013
at 02:14 AM

technically speaking the ~2.5mg of iodine in one drop of Lugol's 2% comes from ~1mg iodine & ~2mg potassium iodide.

2mg potassium iodide is ~1.5mg iodine & ~0.5mg potassium (i think). #1 #2

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(624)

on December 19, 2013
at 04:07 PM

I haven't tried it with kelp but I did put another type of dried seaweed in some broth and it was 'da bomb! However, I think I'd need an awful lot of seaweed to reach therapeutic doses of iodine. I'd like to ramp it up for a year or so before going down to a more natural, maintanance dosage that could be obtained from seaweed alone.

BTW I am a HUGE fan of seaweed salad. It's usually made from fresh seaweed (I think) rather than dried/preseved, which must be somehow better.

Medium avatar

(624)

on December 19, 2013
at 04:04 PM

Dang that's a lot! Good thing I started with the kelp caps. I'll start by having a drop every 2-3 days, work my way up to 1 a day, and consider going up from there. Does that sound about right?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on December 19, 2013
at 01:31 PM

+1 for answering the question and not being snarky. :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on December 19, 2013
at 01:29 PM

Kombu is quite high in iodine, do not think that unreported values mean no iodine content.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on December 19, 2013
at 11:58 AM

Huh? is that for exceedingly large values of "none"?

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Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on December 20, 2013
at 03:34 PM

Why don't you just use IODIZED SALT like the rest of the civilized world, you can buy a pound of it for less than a dollar. Or eat some seaweed salad if you want "all natural" iodine (not that there exists such a thing as unnatural iodine since every iodine atom on earth was created by nature).

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on December 20, 2013
at 05:51 PM

Iodized salt is fine, but iodine content diminishes over time due to reduction of iodide to iodine, which sublimes away. Also, iodized salt is mostly there to avoid overt iodine deficiency, not to support optimal health.

94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

(1007)

on January 05, 2014
at 07:21 PM

For people who need to carefully control iodine (either limit *or* get more), it can be hard to control the dose with iodized table salt. While there is a purported % of DV on it, depending on environmental and storage factors, the iodine can dissipate over time. Many multivitamins have iodine also and can be an issue. Seaweed, again, gives one no control over dosage plus there are concerns over radioactive iodine being present in it it now, esp. Pacific seaweed after Fukushima disaster.

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D371623b5671d11fa678b201ff23442b

on December 19, 2013
at 01:32 PM

I've been taking around 5 drops a day for maybe a week now. Remember to start out low with iodine and work your way up, it could make you feel weird, especially if you have thyroid issues. I did too much at the beginning and it made my body temperature swing up and down.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on December 20, 2013
at 02:22 AM

are taking 2% Lugol's or the original Lugol's (5%), which of course would make a big difference, ~12.5mg iodine p/d vs ~31.25mg iodine p/d

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on December 19, 2013
at 11:58 AM

For 2% Lugol's: each drop is about 2.5mg total iodine.

Of that about 1mg of iodine, 1.5mg potassium iodide.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on December 20, 2013
at 02:14 AM

technically speaking the ~2.5mg of iodine in one drop of Lugol's 2% comes from ~1mg iodine & ~2mg potassium iodide.

2mg potassium iodide is ~1.5mg iodine & ~0.5mg potassium (i think). #1 #2

Medium avatar

(624)

on December 19, 2013
at 04:04 PM

Dang that's a lot! Good thing I started with the kelp caps. I'll start by having a drop every 2-3 days, work my way up to 1 a day, and consider going up from there. Does that sound about right?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on December 19, 2013
at 01:31 PM

+1 for answering the question and not being snarky. :)

94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

(1007)

on January 05, 2014
at 07:23 PM

If you put one drop of the 2% in a cup of water, then drink a tablespoon of that, you should get about 156.25mcg or the recommended DV. 2 TB, 312.5 etc...

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on December 18, 2013
at 04:49 PM

The answer is none. Grab some kombu from a Japanese grocery and add it to some broth. :)

Medium avatar

(624)

on December 19, 2013
at 04:07 PM

I haven't tried it with kelp but I did put another type of dried seaweed in some broth and it was 'da bomb! However, I think I'd need an awful lot of seaweed to reach therapeutic doses of iodine. I'd like to ramp it up for a year or so before going down to a more natural, maintanance dosage that could be obtained from seaweed alone.

BTW I am a HUGE fan of seaweed salad. It's usually made from fresh seaweed (I think) rather than dried/preseved, which must be somehow better.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on December 19, 2013
at 11:58 AM

Huh? is that for exceedingly large values of "none"?

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