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Supplemental Iodine Suggestions

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Created September 27, 2011 at 9:57 PM

I realize eating seaweed is more paleo - and I do like seaweed -- but I just realized that the multi vitamin we switched to a year and a half ago doesn't contain any iodine. I thought all multi's contained 150 to 200 mcg of iodine but this one contains nada. I don't want to megadose -- just know that I'm getting a standardized daily amount. It is impossible to know what you are getting with actual seaweed. I've had reactions from overdoing kelp strips. It seems some tissues have more affinity for iodide and others for iodine. Therefore, something like a Lugol's solution would be good but the pharmacies here all say a prescription is needed. A place called J Crow's sells it on-line but I don't know if it's legit. I take natural thyroid plus a little cytomel (am trying to wean off cytomel entirely) so want to be very cautious.

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on June 10, 2012
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Hi Matt, I have been searching the Internet to find if iodide alone or the combination of iodine and iodide is better. Certain sources claim the body needs both forms, for different functions. Would you say that iodine (I2) is toxic, but that the "stabilized I2 in the triiodide form" is completely safe to take?

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on June 10, 2012
at 02:51 PM

Hi Matt, I have been searching all over the Internet to find if iodide alone or the combination of iodine and iodide is better. Certain sources claim the body needs both forms, for different functions. Are you saying that iodine (I2) is toxic, but that the "stabilized I2 in the triiodide form" is completely safe to take?

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:18 PM

Matt, in response to your comment below, Dr. Brownstein claims that in his practice he has seen the best results from a mix of KI and I2. There is also talk that breast tissue responds best to I2.

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on October 20, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Lugol's solution is essentially stabilized I2 in the triiodide form. I've not seen any reference that our bodies prefer I2 over I-. Though I'd be glad to read anything on the subject.

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on October 20, 2011
at 12:55 AM

Iodine? I2? Or Iodide? I-?

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on October 19, 2011
at 01:33 PM

Could you point out the dose at which iodine becomes toxic. Without it, the speech is meaningless, since water is toxic too.

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on October 19, 2011
at 01:32 PM

Could you point out the dose at which iodine becomes toxic ?

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on October 05, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Hi Bill, I ordered the Iosol yesterday after speaking with someone at the company. I was incorrect in thinking that the product only contains iodine -- this was something I got from a positive comment about the product on another forum. However, the rep at TPCS said the product contains iodine and ammonium iodide. I'm going to start with a very dilute amount. I may also try topically for a tiny cyst I have on my finger. Thanks for your thoughts on the product. Hoping it will warm me up a bit and help me wean off the last tiny bit of Cytomel I take. iodine and ammodium iodide.

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on September 28, 2011
at 05:33 AM

Selenum is must with it.

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on September 28, 2011
at 03:45 AM

I was thinking of ordering the Iosol and diluting per their website's instructions.

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on September 28, 2011
at 03:44 AM

Throat would swell a bit and I would feel exhausted, achey. I love the taste of kelp/dulse and wakame -- also nori but nori is very low in iodine. Kelp is the highest in iodine and I just really was eating way too much. They all taste delicious to me.

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on September 28, 2011
at 02:32 AM

That's what I use. Sprinkled on fage ain't bad.

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on September 28, 2011
at 01:17 AM

Iodine also chelates zn cu and fe.......be careful.

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on September 28, 2011
at 12:15 AM

It's nice having a chemist posting here. I appreciate your insight on these matters.

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on September 27, 2011
at 10:30 PM

I take Armour thyroid plus Cytomel. A while ago I tried J Crow's Lugols and had a really bad reaction to it (and I've taken alllll kinds of supps with no reaction). Made me feel awful. Now I take Seagreens Iodine + (made with seaweed, obvs).

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on September 27, 2011
at 10:40 PM

I like Iosol and have seen the best results from that (Used to take Iodoral).

The dosage is smaller and more controllable (1.83mg per drop). It's easy to take and like I said, results were best with it (I take 3-4 drops daily at the moment). It contains only Iodine and no Potassium Iodide, which is rumored to clog the thyroid in excess. Not sure about that but it's better to be safe than sorry.

It's also incredibly cheap and has 600 servings! So overall, it's a winner for me.

Don't forget to include selenium.

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on September 28, 2011
at 03:45 AM

I was thinking of ordering the Iosol and diluting per their website's instructions.

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on October 05, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Hi Bill, I ordered the Iosol yesterday after speaking with someone at the company. I was incorrect in thinking that the product only contains iodine -- this was something I got from a positive comment about the product on another forum. However, the rep at TPCS said the product contains iodine and ammonium iodide. I'm going to start with a very dilute amount. I may also try topically for a tiny cyst I have on my finger. Thanks for your thoughts on the product. Hoping it will warm me up a bit and help me wean off the last tiny bit of Cytomel I take. iodine and ammodium iodide.

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on September 28, 2011
at 04:08 AM

@Matt

Thanks Matt -- I tried to reply up near your comment but the comment button wouldn't work.

If iodine is toxic, then why does Lugol's contain both -- 40% iodine and 60% iodide as potassium salt? -- this has been used for approximately 100 years by physicians. I think I must be misunderstanding something about the different forms -- is "reduced iodine" different than what's in Iosol?

I do not want to risk irritating my thyroid gland so this is why I am considering the Iosol which is just iodine. Some studies suggest that the thyroid gland prefers iodide -- other tissues iodine.

Over at the Iodine Project, the docs think that both forms together as in Lugol's or Iodoral are optimal.

I just don't want to suddenly bombard my body with high dose iodine or iodide -- I wanted to experiment starting out with the miniscule amount of whichever has the least chance of irritating my thyroid. I've always taken in a multi prior to this new multi that has zero. Then I wanted to work up gradually as per the suggestions on Paul Jaminet's Perfect Health site.

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on October 20, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Lugol's solution is essentially stabilized I2 in the triiodide form. I've not seen any reference that our bodies prefer I2 over I-. Though I'd be glad to read anything on the subject.

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on June 10, 2012
at 02:51 PM

Hi Matt, I have been searching all over the Internet to find if iodide alone or the combination of iodine and iodide is better. Certain sources claim the body needs both forms, for different functions. Are you saying that iodine (I2) is toxic, but that the "stabilized I2 in the triiodide form" is completely safe to take?

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on September 27, 2011
at 11:39 PM

You can add kelp granules, sprinkle them on pretty much anything

http://www.vitacost.com/Maine-Coast-Sea-Vegetables-Organic-Kelp-Granules-Salt-Alternative

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on September 28, 2011
at 02:32 AM

That's what I use. Sprinkled on fage ain't bad.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 27, 2011
at 11:26 PM

Iodine is toxic and an oxidant (which is why it's used as a topical antiseptic). Iodide, a salt, is a required nutrient. There's no reason to use any supplement containing reduced iodine (I2). Nutrition literature commonly confuses the two terms.

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on September 28, 2011
at 12:15 AM

It's nice having a chemist posting here. I appreciate your insight on these matters.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on October 20, 2011
at 12:55 AM

Iodine? I2? Or Iodide? I-?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 19, 2011
at 01:32 PM

Could you point out the dose at which iodine becomes toxic ?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 19, 2011
at 01:33 PM

Could you point out the dose at which iodine becomes toxic. Without it, the speech is meaningless, since water is toxic too.

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:18 PM

Matt, in response to your comment below, Dr. Brownstein claims that in his practice he has seen the best results from a mix of KI and I2. There is also talk that breast tissue responds best to I2.

Ad369bbf19109804bbe6609f023285b1

(74)

on June 10, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Hi Matt, I have been searching the Internet to find if iodide alone or the combination of iodine and iodide is better. Certain sources claim the body needs both forms, for different functions. Would you say that iodine (I2) is toxic, but that the "stabilized I2 in the triiodide form" is completely safe to take?

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on September 27, 2011
at 10:09 PM

What kind of reaction did you have from kelp? Did it make your throat swell at all? If so, have you tried iodized salt? If you look at this thread, you'll see that I and Julianne had that reaction to kelp, but both of us do ok with iodized salt.

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on September 28, 2011
at 03:44 AM

Throat would swell a bit and I would feel exhausted, achey. I love the taste of kelp/dulse and wakame -- also nori but nori is very low in iodine. Kelp is the highest in iodine and I just really was eating way too much. They all taste delicious to me.

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