Iodine is one of the 14 essential minerals that are crucial to the growth and production of bones, teeth, hair, blood, nerves, skin, enzymes, hormones, etc. Iodine is also important for the healthy functioning of a multitude of biochemical processes, including hormonal balance but especially thyroid pathways; iodine is incorporated into the thyroid hormones.
Supportive Function: Goiter; hypothyroidism; hyperthyroidism; any thyroid dysfunction; cholesterol; inflammation; free radicals (acts as antioxidant); estrogen dominance; female problems due to estrogen dominance; FBD; mental performance; optimal function of many glands.
May also be useful against thyroid radiation poisoning by providing sufficient iodine to the thyroid prior to exposure to environmental radiation contamination that could otherwise result in radioactive iodine accumulate in the thyroid. Check with your health care practitioner for recommended doses for this purpose.
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Dosage: Take one tablet daily or as prescribed by your health care practitioner.
Contraindications: What about allergies to iodine? The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has issued a position statement on the rarity of a true iodine allergic reaction. They state that people who react to iodine-containing intravenous contrast material, skin preparations and shell fish are reacting allergically to a component other than the iodine (position statement, Feb. 24, 2004).
What are the possible side effects?: Adverse effects are extremely uncommon if not non-existent in the doses in the ranges suggested here. Potential adverse effects related to iodide include: Thyrotoxicosis; iodine-induced goiter; brassy taste; increased salivation; coryza (symptoms of head cold); sneezing; headache; mild acneiform lesions in the seborrheic areas. Since bromine toxicity is common (bromine replaced iodine in breads and other bakery items in the 70's and most people are exposed to high levels), there may be symptoms of bromine detox. Detoxification consists of mobilization, binding and removal. Detoxes should always be monitored; if toxins are being bound and removed it should alleviate detox symptoms. If symptoms occur, reducing the dosage (reduces mobilization) and increasing nutritional support.