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Which kind of noniodized salt to get more iodine in my body?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 27, 2013 at 5:31 AM

Hi,

My thyroid levels are a bit low, I want to get more iodine. I don't have access to iodine-rich foods and I don't intend using iodized salts: are there high-minerals salts that are known to be particularly rich in iodine?

Thanks!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 29, 2013
at 08:04 PM

Iodized salt is not unhealthy, it's there for a reason! :)

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on August 29, 2013
at 03:13 AM

Some argue that Himalayan salt is quite rich in iodine; on the other hand iodised salt is well known to be unhealthy. So the advice to take iodized salt is wrong-headed I guess, and that wasn't my question anyway. If you could stop polluting this thread by posting arrogant (and stupid) comments that would be good, thanks in advance...

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on August 28, 2013
at 06:53 AM

Iodine isn't toxic, unless you take too much. And if you take too much, anything is toxic.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:41 AM

Iodide is non-toxic, iodine is toxic.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:41 AM

Yep. Iodide is water-soluble, iodine is not. Though they interchange rather rapid, iodide solutions turn brown as they oxidize back to iodine. Periodate turns brown as it reduces to iodine as well.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:38 AM

Sea salt isn't rich in iodine. That's why it's added.

7dbf0acd443e198eab88e442114c19ff

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:09 AM

Thanks a lot, that's very helpful. 20 times the RDA is big. Do you thunk it's safe to take a selenium supplement in tandem?

7dbf0acd443e198eab88e442114c19ff

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:08 AM

Exactly, she does not want to use highly refined salt... and her question was: are there some noniodized salt that are NATURALLY rich in iodine?

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on August 27, 2013
at 07:19 PM

What does it matter if iodide is in iodized salt? An iodide ion (I-) is what's pumped into the cell to make thyroid hormones afaik.

0f44d81f247518d6fc2de0403ff9a68a

on August 27, 2013
at 06:30 PM

He probably just doesn't want to use highly refined salt and is therefore looking for an alternative that contains salt, but is only minimally processed.

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on August 27, 2013
at 05:54 PM

Plants/animals concentrate minerals from seawater. Seawater itself is pretty lousy in terms of micronutrients.

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0f44d81f247518d6fc2de0403ff9a68a

on August 27, 2013
at 06:44 PM

I am not away of a salt like that. But I don't think salt is a good source for iodine/iodide anyway (besides, iodized salt contains iodide, not iodine).

The way I see it, you basically have two options for increasing your iodine intake:

  1. Eat iodine containing foods
    • add some seaweed to your diet/kelp
    • there are other foods that can contribute to getting the RDA of iodine, like fish, potatoes or dairy, but they are very unreliable; especially if you buy local food and live in an area with soil poor in iodine
  2. Take an iodine supplement. Depending on the dose you want to take, you have several options
    • Kelp tablets; they don't contain high amounts of iodine, but they will give you more iodine than you would have gotten from salt.
    • Lugol's solution. This does contain iodine and iodide. It is very cheap and through dilution you can set your dose however you want. This way, you can take anything between 100ug and 100mg pretty easily.
    • There are also tablets that contain iodine and/or iodide, but you have to find a tablet which matches the dose you want to take pretty closely.
    • Some multivitamins also contain small amounts (the RDA) of iodine

If you consider taking amount of iodine much higher than the RDA, make get enough or supplement with selenium.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 28, 2013
at 03:41 AM

Yep. Iodide is water-soluble, iodine is not. Though they interchange rather rapid, iodide solutions turn brown as they oxidize back to iodine. Periodate turns brown as it reduces to iodine as well.

0f44d81f247518d6fc2de0403ff9a68a

on August 28, 2013
at 06:53 AM

Iodine isn't toxic, unless you take too much. And if you take too much, anything is toxic.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 28, 2013
at 03:41 AM

Iodide is non-toxic, iodine is toxic.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on August 27, 2013
at 07:19 PM

What does it matter if iodide is in iodized salt? An iodide ion (I-) is what's pumped into the cell to make thyroid hormones afaik.

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5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

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on August 27, 2013
at 06:12 PM

I add these Kelp Granules on top of veggies or salad, on top of eggs or into bone broth/soups -- not sure about non-iodized salt source though.

1/4 tsp will provide 3 mg of iodine, or 20 times the RDA.

7dbf0acd443e198eab88e442114c19ff

(5)

on August 28, 2013
at 03:09 AM

Thanks a lot, that's very helpful. 20 times the RDA is big. Do you thunk it's safe to take a selenium supplement in tandem?

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on August 27, 2013
at 04:43 PM

take a supplement

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8d386bf2c5ba20fcc1a2a0c805b217c9

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on August 27, 2013
at 04:35 PM

Wouldn't unprocessed, unpurified sea salt have some iodine, because seaweed and kelp have iodine (because each are from the sea?)

I think that pink Himalayan sea salt is unprocessed and "impure", which means it should contain other minerals. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 27, 2013
at 05:54 PM

Plants/animals concentrate minerals from seawater. Seawater itself is pretty lousy in terms of micronutrients.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 27, 2013
at 01:30 PM

You need iodine in your diet, and you're avoiding iodized salt??? that makes no sense.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 28, 2013
at 03:38 AM

Sea salt isn't rich in iodine. That's why it's added.

0f44d81f247518d6fc2de0403ff9a68a

on August 27, 2013
at 06:30 PM

He probably just doesn't want to use highly refined salt and is therefore looking for an alternative that contains salt, but is only minimally processed.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 29, 2013
at 08:04 PM

Iodized salt is not unhealthy, it's there for a reason! :)

7dbf0acd443e198eab88e442114c19ff

(5)

on August 29, 2013
at 03:13 AM

Some argue that Himalayan salt is quite rich in iodine; on the other hand iodised salt is well known to be unhealthy. So the advice to take iodized salt is wrong-headed I guess, and that wasn't my question anyway. If you could stop polluting this thread by posting arrogant (and stupid) comments that would be good, thanks in advance...

7dbf0acd443e198eab88e442114c19ff

(5)

on August 28, 2013
at 03:08 AM

Exactly, she does not want to use highly refined salt... and her question was: are there some noniodized salt that are NATURALLY rich in iodine?

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50ef4a664144b97faa37430916739309

on August 27, 2013
at 06:45 AM

If you don't live a region or country with iodine-rich soil, you won't be able to get the iodine from food grown in that region. The usual non-salt approach is to add some dried seaweed to your diet; the iodine level is exceptional.

However, I would like point out that (mild) hypothyroidism has a great many causes. There is even conjecture that mild hypothyroidism is a reasonably natural desirable state of affairs.

Additionally, if your metabolism uses fat instead of carbohydrates, the use of sodium is regulated differently. Hypertension has not been re-evaluated as extensively as nutrition but salt may not be a big issue for low-carb practitioners. So perhaps iodised salt is an option?

(Hmm. I might want to start diversifying the websites I link to. But Mark's Daily Apple has just such a good condensation of reference material :-) ).

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