WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
IT IS ESTIMATED THAT OVER 90% OF THE U.S. POPULATION IS IODINE DEFICIENT and Up to 74% is Severely Iodine Deficient!
Based on clinical findings and national studies (NHANES I, 1974, and NHANES II, 2000) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designed to assess the ongoing health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States.
Iodine is involved in immunity, metabolism, energy production, fetal and early childhood cognitive development, and hormone production as well as in conversion of carcinogenic estrogen and progesterone hormone metabolites, heavy metal and radiation detoxification, and more.
What You Need to Know
According to experts - Drs. Abraham, Brownstein, and Flechas - who have tested iodine levels in over 35,000 patients:
Approximately 90% of the U.S. POPULATION IS IODINE DEFICIENT!
(urinary clearance of less than 90%)
AND Over 72% of the U.S. POPULATION IS SEVERELY IODINE DEFICIENT!
(urinary clearance of less than 40%)
Iodine deficiency is such a serious problem and so critical to maintain or restore good health.
WE HOPE YOU WILL TAKE JUST A MOMENT NOW TO LEARN MORE.
DO ANY OF THESE SOUND FAMILIAR?
Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
Brain fog, memory loss, confusion, lack of mental clarity
Lower than 98.6 body temperature
Sparse outer third of eyebrow
- Weight Gain
- Difficulty Losing Weight
- Sluggishness, Fatigue ,or Exhaustion
- Brain fog, Confusion, and Lack of Mental Clarity
- Memory Loss
- Lower Than Normal (98.6 F) Body Temperature
- Intolerant to cold
- Hair Loss
- Dry Skin
- Cracked Heels
- Brittle nails
- Sparse Eyebrow Hair on the Outer Third of the Eyebrow
- Coarse, Dry Hair
- Frequent Muscle Aches or Cramps
- Decreased Libido
- Difficulty Managing Stress
- Poor Digestive Function
- Inadequate Stomach Acid Production
- Fibrocystic Breast Lumps
- Breast Cancer
- Abnormal or Heavy Menstruation
- Thyroid problems
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Low Immunity - Easily Catching Colds or Flu Viruses
Then you, like 74% to 90% of Americans, are likely deficient in iodine. Iodine is needed to make thyroid hormones. These symptoms are also hypothyroid symptoms. When patients take thyroid medications for hypothyroidism, their need for iodine throughout the body (not just making thyroid hormones) rises, in part because of improved metabolic processes.
WHAT DOES IODINE DO?
There are many ways iodine deficiencies affect our health"¦LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT A FEW OF THEM.
SUPERCHARGING ENERGY PRODUCTION AND FIRING UP METABOLISM
- Iodine is required to synthesize thyroid hormones. These hormones regulate metabolism, oxygenation, and energy production. When we are iodine deficient, we can feel sluggish and lack energy.
- Patients taking thyroid hormones may also need to take an iodine supplement because all the cells of the body uses iodine and thyroid hormone can increase the body's need for iodine. Disorders that involve iodine deficiencies may worsen or become more prevalent, such as the incidence of breast, prostate, and thyroid cancers when taking thyroid hormones and being iodine deficient.
EASIER WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
- Iodine helps prevent metabolic weight gain and helps maintain a healthier weight and energy level. Iodine can fire up the metabolism so it can be much easier to burn calories. It does this primarily because iodine is essential to produce thyroid hormones. When we are iodine deficient, thyroid hormones can't be produced normally.
HORMONE BALANCE AND CANCER
- Iodine promotes hormone balance and production of all the body's hormones, not just thyroid hormones. Balance is key for disease prevention, as well as an overall sense of well being.
- Iodine helps regulate hormone production and balance estrogen production in the ovaries in females and adrenal tissues in men that can stimulate the development and progression of hormone-related cancers, such as breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical, and prostate cancers.
- Estrogen dominance in both men and women is dramatically increased in iodine-deficient hypothyroid states. Estrogen dominance also appears to be a significant risk factor in the development of hormone-related cancers.
- Incidence of hormone-related cCancers, breast, ovarian, uterine prostate, and cervical cancers, as well as stomach, lung, esophagus, thyroid, and throat cancers are markedly increased in iodine-deficient patients.
- Incidence of goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland because of iodine deficiencies) and breast and prostate cancer have a direct relationship. Two studies done in Iceland and Japan, populations with high iodine intake, have a much lower incidence of breast and prostate cancer and goiter compared to other populations.
- Iodine helps prevent fibrocystic breast diseases and is used successfully to treat fibrocystic diseases such as uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts.
- Iodine supplementation can reduce the amount of circulating cholesterol naturally by helping to address one of the underlying causes of high cholesterol, hormone imbalances and deficiencies (cholesterol is the precursor to sex steroidal hormones and adrenal hormones).
- Iodine sufficiency can help prevent or alleviate symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome starting with the hallmark hypothyroidism. Clinical studies show a direct correlation between iodine deficiency and the cascade of other diseases related to Metabolic Syndrome, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM
- Iodine destroys viruses, bacteria, pathogens, molds, fungi, parasites, and malaria on contact.
- Iodine helps prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs).
- Iodine helps prevent and treats H. pylori, a bacterial infection of the stomach that has been connected with ulcers and gastric cancer.
MENTAL FOCUS, CLARITY, AND MEMORY
- Pregnant women who had higher iodine levels showed a decrease in SIDS, and a higher childhood survival rate.
- Iodine helps make us smarter. It promotes sharp thinking, mental focus, cognitive functioning, and helps eliminate brain fog in adults.
NORMAL FETAL AND CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
- Iodine makes children smarter. Iodine is essential for normal growth and development of children. Pregnant women who are iodine deficient have children with greater risk of mental development issues. A study showed a 15-point reduction in children's IQs when pregnant women are iodine deficient.
- Iodine helps support proper fetal development and growth along with speech and hearing development.
- The percentage of pregnant women with iodine deficiency increased 690% between NHANES I (1974) and NHANES II (2000) studies. A low maternal iodine level in fetal development has been associated with higher levels of cretinism, mental retardation, autism, ADD, SIDS, ALS, and other Myelin disorders.
PREGNANCY AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
- Adequate iodine levels can also be important in the treatment of infertility because it is essential for healthy hormone balance.
- Pregnant women who have adequate iodine are also less likely to experience high blood pressure during pregnancy.
- Iodine can help prevent and treat endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts often related to hormonal imbalance and dysfunction.
FIBROMYALGIA AND MIGRAINE
- Iodine helps reduce fibromyalgia symptoms.
- Iodine supplementation helps resolve migraine headaches and other types of chronic headaches for many patients.
HEAVY METAL AND HALIDE DETOXIFICATION
- Adequate iodine levels reduce the amount of halide toxicity in the body from fluoride (water), chlorine (water), and bromine (bread preservatives and flame retardants in most carpets).
- Halides compete successfully for iodine's binding sites on cells and hormones, rendering them ineffective. For example, thyroid hormones may contain atoms of bromine rather than the iodine they should contain. This results in production of inactive thyroid hormones because they contain bromine rather than iodine. Some practitioners and patients are perplexed at "normal" thyroid hormone test results with hypothyroid symptoms. Halide competition with iodine is often the cause.
- Iodine helps prevent lead and other metals from being stored in the body.
- Iodine helps prevent effects of radiation exposure from the use of cordless phones and cell phones.
- Normal iodine levels can protect the thyroid and the rest of the body from radioactivity generated by nuclear accidents, such as the radiation drift from the Fukushima disaster that crossed the Pacific and is detected on the U.S. mainland.
HEALTHY NAILS, HAIR, AND TEETH
- Iodine is essential in formation of healthy skin, teeth, and shiny hair.
- Iodine deficiency results in hair loss, which is also due to thyroid deficiencies.
- Iodine supports hair growth and follicle strength.
A Brief History
Iodine has been used by medical practitioners for 200 years and was once considered the universal medicine. It has only fallen by the wayside in the past 50 years. Iodine was shown in the early 1900s to be able to treat goiter, a common problem away from the coasts where people typically have significant iodine deficiencies.
In Michigan and Ohio, studies conducted in the early 1920s on school children showed 40% had enlargement of the thyroid gland or goiter. It was found that treatment with just a small amount of iodine caused goiters to go away. And, by 1928, there was a 75% reduction in goiter in the area.
Adding iodine to table salt was a result of these studies.
But goiters are still around today. And iodine is used throughout the body, not just the thyroid!
Can Iodized Salt Really Provide Enough Iodine?
The amount of iodine in iodized salt is not sufficient for total body needs.
There are 77 micrograms (ug) of iodine per gram of salt. Average intake is five grams per day of salt, which would be 385 ug (micrograms) per day of iodine. Urine tests actually show lower, primarily because iodine in iodized salt is only about 10% bioavailable. Medical school teaches iodine in salt is adequate. Sea salt, which many people now use, contains very little iodine. Current RDA is 150 to 220 ug/day which was developed in 1924 from findings of goiter prevention studies. This RDA is only the amount that helps prevent goiter. This amount is typically not sufficient for the entire body's needs. This amount is inadequate to help prevent cancer. The body needs 100 times of the RDA alone to produce iodolactone, which is required for normal cell apoptosis.
The thyroid alone needs five to seven milligrams (mg) a day of Iodine and is first in line for iodine from the diet (that was milligrams "“ NOT micrograms). So five to seven milligrams is equivalent to 5,000 to 7,000 micrograms, the current RDA is a fraction of this (150 to 220 micrograms). Just in terms of how much the thyroid gland needs alone, the thyroid needs over 31 times the RDA amount of 220 ug, micrograms of iodine per day! Breast tissue and reproductive tissues require a similar amount. Without adequate iodine, breast and other reproductive tissues can develop fibroids. Every tissue in the body requires iodine too.
Clearly the current RDA is likely not enough"¦
Many healthcare practitioners now use 12.5 mg daily as the current standard for adult supplementation. BUT, it is important to work with your practitioner to determine your needs. Iodine does have contraindications, especially for patients who may have developed autoimmune thyroid disease. Iodine testing is an important tool to help determine an individual's iodine level.
Did You Know?
Chlorinated water, bakery products, flame retardants, and other dietary and environmental issues reduce our body's ability to use iodine?
Chlorine, Fluorine, and Bromine compete with iodine in the body.
On the periodic table of elements, iodine is in a group called Halogens. Fluorine, chlorine, and bromine are in the same halogen family. Iodine is lower on the table, which means that the elements above iodine in this group are much more reactive and actually compete with and displace iodine. Fluorine, chlorine, and bromine are all three more reactive than iodine. They are more electronegative than iodine, so they will win on binding sites and even displace iodine.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Fluorine, chlorine, and bromine compete very strongly with iodine. Chlorine is in our water and so is fluorine. Our bakery products and carpets are now very high in bromine. Chlorine, bromine, and fluorine compete with iodine-binding sites on thyroid hormone. When this occurs, the thyroid hormone does not function as it does when iodine is in place. It creates a state of thyroid deficiency called secondary hypothyroidism. So even though you may have adequate thyroid hormone according to test results, because it is brominated, the iodine-binding sites have bromine instead of iodine, and the thyroid hormones do not work like they should in your body! Chlorine and fluoride in water also compete with iodine and do the same thing. Hypothyroidism leads to many serious health issues, and obesity, too.
Fortunately, iodine supplementation will increase urinary secretion of fluoride, chlorine, and bromide. These elements, fluoride, chlorine, and bromide, are toxic to our bodies. Take care to drink pure water and eat non-brominated bread in order to greatly decrease your toxic exposure.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS IN LUGOL'S IODINE PLUS CAPSULES
Mother Earth Labs' LUGOL'S IODINE PLUS CAPSULES Formula is not your ordinary Lugol's Iodine Supplement.
- LUGOL'S IODINE PLUS relies on Super Concentrated Fulvic to help supercharge absorption of both iodine and iodide and all the other elements in the formula for superior delivery to cells of a winning "cell-ready" combination.
- LUGOL'S IODINE PLUS includes important elements that must to be present for our bodies to use iodine in a host of metabolic processes. These elements include Selenium, Zinc, Magnesium, and others. Many patients are deficient in these elements also.
LUGOL'S IODINE PLUS is a great add-on product to use with other Mother Earth Labs products (providing your healthcare practitioner agrees it is right for you), like Comprehensive Wellness, pHBALANCER or OsteoWellness, for advanced wellness support.
LUGOL'S IODINE PLUS Includes Important Elements the Body needs to support Iodine Metabolism
A Lugol's Solution Provides Both Forms of Iodine: Iodine and Iodide
The entire body uses iodine and iodide, not just the thyroid. Various tissues and organs are designed to concentrate large amounts that are necessary for their normal structure and function. Conversely, low iodine levels are associated with autoimmune thyroid disease, breast cancer, thyroid cancer, goiter, and fibromyalgia, as well as cysts and nodules of the breast, thyroid, and ovaries.
(Both types of iodine are needed in the body - breast and prostate tissue prefer iodine and thyroid tissues prefer iodide - and both types are available with a Lugol's solution. Other types of iodine formulations have not been shown capable of providing this type of tissue-specific support).
And, Lugol's Iodine PLUS Capsules also contain these important additional ingredients:
- Selenium is the primary mineral responsible for T4 to T3 (thyroid hormones) conversion in the liver.
- Selenium and iodine/iodide along with zinc are essential in the conversion of carcinogenic estrogen and progesterone metabolites.
- Supplementation or consumption of high amounts of iodine without selenium can induce AIT (Auto Immune Thyroiditis) and goiter.
- Selenium and iodine/iodide can reduce goiter and inflammation of the thyroid gland.
- Selenium supplementation reduces TgAb that may be elevated by taking iodine.
- TPOAb antibody levels were inversely associated with selenium levels (higher physiological selenium levels are associated with lower antibody levels and vice versa).
- Zinc may be helpful in patients with low T3 and may contribute to conversion of T4 to T3. 3.
- Zinc may be helpful in normalizing levels of rT3 3.
- Zinc, selenium, and iodine/iodide are essential in the conversion of carcinogenic estrogen and progesterone metabolites.
- Clinical case studies by Drs. Abraham and Brownstein have shown that administration of vitamin C can improve defective cellular transport mechanism for iodine.
- B vitamin are important in iodine metabolism. For example, B2 and B3, as precursors of the co-factors FADH2 and NADH, play a key role in ATP synthesis4 and in the generation of intracellular hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide formation is the rate limiting step in the oxidation of iodide to iodine by iodoperoxidases, including thyroid peroxidase (TPO). The oxidation of intrathyroidal iodide to iodine by TPO is the first and key step in the synthesis of thyroid hormones.
Fulvic Trace Minerals and Elements
- Fulvic molecules carry up to 60 minerals and elements, help improve absorption, and facilitate transport to cells.
- Fulvic molecules are negatively charged and donate electrons for membrane and cellular functions, including mitochondrial energy production.
- Iodine sufficiency and Humic and Fulvic Acids protect glands from radiation poisoning. Radioactive elements have an affinity for Humic and Fulvic acids. They form organo-metal complexes of different adsorptive stability and solubility. Uranium and plutonium are influenced by Humic Substances, as are other polluting metals, each being solubilized and absorbed, thereby annihilating the specific radioactivity.
WITHOUT THESE SUPPORTING NUTRIENTS, iodine metabolism can be impaired and iodine supplementation efforts may not be as effective!
- Patients with low levels of free T3 and normal T4, but elevated rT3 and mild to moderate zinc deficiency, taking oral zinc supplements for 12 months, normalized the serum free T3 and total T3 levels, decreased the rT3, and normalized TSH levels. Nishiyama S, Futagoishi-Suginohara Y, Matsukura M, et al. Zinc supplementation alters thyroid hormone metabolism in disabled patients with zinc deficiency. J Am Coll Nutr. 1994 Feb;13(1):62-7.
- Biochemistry. Second edition. Stryer and Lubert, editors. Freeman, New York, 1975; 240-246.
- Abraham GE. "The safe and effective implementation of orthoiodosupplementation in medical practice." The Original Internist, 2004; 11(1):17-36
- Yuan, Shenyuan; et al; Application of Fulvic acid and its derivatives in the fields of agriculture and medicine; First Edition: June 1993
- W.R. Jackson PhD. (1993) Humic, Fulvic, and Microbial Balance: Organic Soil Conditioning (pp. 762-763).
The following is an excerpt about iodine that is provided for educational and informational use only. Nothing in it is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please always work with your healthcare provider when taking an iodine supplement and before starting any supplement program.