April 21st, 2011 20:21 EST
12 Uses For Iodine (And Other Useful Tips, Research & Resources)
The following article will give you a better understanding of the most common uses of iodine as a supplement, as outlined by clinical research and by the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Additionally, you will also learn about a simple at-home test that can give you a better idea if you have an iodine deficiency.
Common Uses For Iodine:
1. Radiation Exposure
Potassium iodine has been used to help individuals exposed to radiation by reducing the harmful accumulation of radioactive substances in the thyroid. However, It has been said that nascent atomic Iodine may be 4-7 times more effective than potassium iodide and is much safer to use.
2. General Use as a Sterilizing Agent
Almost all sterilization products for the body have iodine. It is a wonderful wound cleaner, and has even been used to purify water in tablet or liquid form.
3. Preventing Goiter
Inflammation of the throat area and thyroid gland is known as a goiter. " To prevent this condition, it is suggested to take the daily recommended amounts of a nascent atomic iodine supplement to boost overall thyroid health.
4. Boosting Metabolism
Due to improper thyroid function, metabolism of the body may slow down. Supplementing with nascent atomic iodine may help ensure the smooth functioning of the thyroid gland which in turn helps regulate the metabolism. It can also aid the body in keeping warmth, steadying the heart rate, maintaining a health body weight, and promoting overall digestive health. Here are a few more tips to boosting metabolism.
5. Bacterial Infections
A nascent atomic iodine solution can be used to assist the body in fighting off bacterial infections such as conjunctivitis. Using an iodine tonic as a throat gargle is also helpful for a cough. Iodine also acts as an expectorant of mucous for colds and flu.
6. Breast Health
Much research is currently being conducted on the role of iodine in breast health, including both the prevention of breast cancer, and overall shape and function. Similarly, iodine is a key mineral in mother`s milk, and is passed on to children for their proper growth and development. However, most nursing mothers are extremely deficient in Iodine.
7. Ovarian Health
Again, much research confirms the link between a lack of iodine and ovarian problems, such as cysts, and reproductive ability.
8. Neurological Health
Children can suffer from mental illness and disabilities due to a lack of iodine. It is important that mothers supplement with this micronutrient as a preventative measure. I recommend using only a safe nascent atomic iodine.
Iodine douches have been used to reduce vaginal inflammation, itching and discharge associated with chronic yeast infections.
10. Eye Health
Iodine is commonly used as a treatment for a number of different eye conditions. It is also a natural protectant against UVB radiation.
11. Skin & Hair Health
Iodine is a common aid for skin conditions, such as acne, as well as hair loss. The healthy development of skin, teeth, nails and bone are all related to normal iodine levels.
12. Powerful Antioxidant
Iodine is just as important as vitamin C in terms of antioxidant activity. Specifically, it is a strong antioxidant for the blood. Learn more about the benefits of antioxidants.
Tips for Taking Iodine
Taking an iodine supplement is easy, safe and effective. Although it has a mild metallic taste, it can be taken in fruit juice or water.
Normally, iodine is taken in its sodium iodide form, but I recommend using a more bio-available form of nascent atomic iodine. This form can more readily be absorbed by the human body and tissues.
Iodine Deficiency At Home Self Test:
NOTE: USP Iodine tinctures or solutions you purchase at a drugstore are not for internal or supplemental use. Do not ingest! If you are deficient use a safe nascent atomic iodine supplement.
- Purchase a USP Tincture of Iodine from your local drugstore. Use a cotton ball to absorb some iodine from the tincture.
- Rub about the size of a silver dollar of iodine on your upper inner arm midway between the bicep and tricep muscle. Note the time of application.
- If the brownish/orange color disappears within 2-4 hours after application you are extremely deficient and could use supplementation. If you are not deficient in iodine then the circle should remain slightly orange 24 hours later.
Drug Interactions: Consult with your doctor before supplementing with iodine if you are currently taking antithyroid drugs, Lithium or Warfarin, as iodine may interfere with the action of these medications.
Supporting Research About Iodine
- Effect of 10 yr of the iodine supplementation on the hearing threshold of iodine deficient schoolchildren. PMID: 16218041
- Iodine deficiency in 2007: global progress since 2003. PMID: 18947032
- Mastodynia due to fibrocystic disease of the breast controlled with thyroid hormone. PMID: 7316045
- Increased incidence of thyrotoxicosis after iodine supplementation in an iodine sufficient area. PMID: 8006325
- Effectiveness of povidone-iodine in the treatment of non-specific vaginitis. PMID: 2359507
- Effects of applying povidone-iodine just before skin closure. PMID: 16490976
- Iodine-induced hyperthyroidism (iodine-induced Basedow`s disease): a current disease picture. PMID: 10407936
- Medical management of persistent or recurrent differentiated thyroid carcinoma. PMID: 19040983
- Control of efficiency and results, and adverse effects of excess iodine administration on thyroid function. PMID: 9084691
- Effects of excess iodine administration on thyroid function in euthyroid patients with a previous episode of thyroid dysfunction induced by interferon-alpha treatment. PMID: 9373459
- Over-the-counter and alternative medicines in the treatment of chronic vaginal symptoms. PMID: 9207812
- Iodine and thyroid function. PMID: 9365722
- Variability of iodine content in common commercially available edible seaweeds. Thyroid. PMID: 15588380
- The efficacy of povidone-iodine pessaries in a short, low-dose treatment regime on candidal, trichomonal and non-specific vaginitis. PMID: 8290459
- Zimmermann MB, Jooste PL, Pandav CS. Iodine-deficiency disorders. Lancet. 2008 Oct 4;372(9645):1251-62. PMID: 18676011
- Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. Read the Dietary Guidelines
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, according to the US Dept of Health and Human Services and US Dept of Agriculture; 2005. Read the Dietary Guidelines