Current studies suggest up to 90% of Americans may be deficient in iodine and that the recommended daily intake is only enough to prevent disease rather than to promote health. Mother Earth Labs’ specialized formula offers 12.5 mg — the natural health standard — of the trusted proprietary blend per capsule, plus fulvic acid and other vitamin and mineral cofactors to enhance iodine metabolism.
- 1 capsule per day or as directed by your healthcare professional
- Discuss with your healthcare professional before starting any iodine supplement.
- Take with non-chlorinated water away from any medications.
Lugol’s Iodine is the most well-known and trusted blend offering duel benefits from both iodine and potassium iodide in a balanced ratio shown to help reduce the occurrence of disease and promote healthy biological function throughout the body.
- Different tissues in the body prefer one form of iodine over the other and including both forms allows the body to get maximum benefit.
- Our unique blend includes fulvic acid to help increase absorption and delivery into the cells and essential vitamin cofactors that assist with iodine metabolism and utilization throughout the body.
- Iodine is one of the most needed elements in the entire body.
- Common Symptoms of Iodine Deficiency include lower than normal body temperature (especially measured first thing in the morning), lack of weight control or difficulty losing weight, a sparse outer third of the eyebrows, dry skin and cracked heels, lack of energy, and foggy thinking.
- Lugol’s Iodine Plus is in capsule form with additional ingredients added to support iodine metabolism in the body.
- Iodine helps make us smarter, especially in regards to fetal mental and IQ development. It promotes sharp thinking, mental focus, cognitive function, and the elimination of brain fog in adults.
- Offers powerful antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties.
- Iodine sufficiency may offer protective anti-carcinogenic hormone regulation support important for healthy breast, prostate, uterine, ovarian, and cervical cells and tissues.
- Helps detoxify halide concentrations caused by fluoride, chlorine, and bromine as well as helping to prevent lead and other metals from being stored in the body.
Due to the additional co-factors, we do not suggest taking this product with our Core + Osteo or Core + pH Balancer formulas to avoid excessive intakes of selenium and zinc.
While we strive to ensure the power inside the capsule is well blended, we do not recommend breaking the capsules open as this may result in uneven dosages.
We do offer a liquid Lugol's Iodine; however, this formula will not contain all of the co-factors included with the capsules. Please visit the product page for more information.
The RDAs are set to prevent specific diseases and health conditions, such as goiter, from occurring. However, our research has shown that this amount is not enough to promote whole-body health and well-being.
This product can be taken with organic foods when convenient. When taking this product with other supplements, we suggest comparing the selenium and zinc content of each to ensure you are not taking too much of these minerals. Please check with your health care provider or pharmacist before mixing any supplement with medications, as there may be contraindications.
Benefits of Lugol’s Iodine
Did You Know It’s Been Estimated That Over 90% Of The United States Population Is Iodine Deficient And Up To 74% Are Severely Deficient?
*This is 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 U.S. Experts – Drs. Abraham, Brownstein, and Flechas – tested iodine levels in over 35,000 patients.
Iodine in its various forms is such an important element in the body, and it has many jobs to do. It is involved in immunity, metabolism, energy production, fetal and early childhood cognitive development, and hormone production. It is also required for the conversion of carcinogenic estrogen and progesterone hormone metabolites, heavy metal and radiation detoxification, and so much more.
For over 200 years, medical practitioners have been using iodine for a wide variety of reasons and was once considered the universal medicine. In the early 1900s, iodine was shown to be able to treat goiter. In Michigan and Ohio, studies conducted in the early 1920s on school children showed 40% had an enlargement of the thyroid gland or goiter. It was found that treatment with just a small amount of iodine caused goiters to go away. By 1982, there was a 75% reduction in goiter in the area. The addition of iodine to table salt was a direct result of these studies, but despite the wide use of iodized salt, goiters are still around today.
The amount of iodine in iodized salt is not sufficient to meet the extensive needs of the entire body. Remember, our thyroids are not the only part of our bodies that use iodine. In fact, iodine is used by every cell in our bodies.
In every gram of salt, there are 77 micrograms of iodine and the average daily intake of salt is 5 grams – 385 micrograms of iodine. Unfortunately, only about 10% of this iodine is bioavailable according to urine tests, but medical schools still teach that iodine in salt is adequate. Today, sea salt is quickly becoming a preferred alternative, but even this contains very little iodine.
The current recommended daily amount (RDA) of iodine is 150-220 micrograms per day and was developed in 1924 from the findings of goiter prevention studies. This means the RDA is only enough to help prevent goiter, but it is not typically sufficient to cover the needs of the entire body. It is inadequate because our bodies need about 100 times this RDA just to produce iodolactone (a required substance for normal cell apoptosis) and it is certainly not enough to help prevent cancer.
Our thyroids alone require 5-7 milligrams (5000-7000 micrograms) each day of iodine. Breast tissue and reproductive tissues require similar amounts and without adequate iodine, these tissues can develop fibroids. Just based on this, it becomes clear that the current RDA is outdated and likely not enough for most individuals. As a result, many healthcare practitioners are now using 12.5 milligrams as the standard daily adult supplementation.
Iodine intake is highly individualized and some people, such as those with autoimmune thyroid diseases, should not take iodine supplements. This is why working with a healthcare practitioner and doing regular iodine testing is always recommended to help determine an individual’s iodine level.
How can a lack of iodine affect processes in the human body?
- Energy Production and Metabolism
Iodine is required to synthesize thyroid hormones that regulate metabolism, oxygenations, and energy production. When we are iodine deficient, we can feel sluggish and fatigued.
Patients taking thyroid hormones may also need to take an iodine supplement because these hormones 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.
- Weight Management
Through the production of thyroid hormones, iodine helps prevent metabolic weight gain and fires up metabolism increasing caloric burn. Without adequate iodine intake, these thyroid hormones cannot be produced.
- Hormone Balance and Cancer
Iodine works in the production and balance of all hormones, not just thyroid, and balance is key for disease prevention. It helps regulate and balance estrogen production in female ovaries and adrenal tissues in men that can stimulate the development and progression of hormone-related cancers, such as breast, ovarian, uterine, and prostate cancers.
Estrogen dominance in both men and women is dramatically increased in iodine-deficient hypothyroid states and appears to be a significant risk factor in the development of hormone-related cancers. The incidence of these cancers and others such as stomach, lung, esophagus, thyroid, and throat cancers are markedly increased in iodine-deficient patients
Goiter, an enlargement of the thyroid gland due to iodine deficiency, has a direct relationship with the breast and prostate cancers. Two studies done in Iceland and Japan — populations with high iodine intake — have significantly lower incidences of these diseases compared to other populations.
Finally, iodine helps prevent fibrocystic breast diseases and is successfully used in the treatment of fibrocystic diseases such as uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts.
- Cardiovascular Health
Iodine supplementation can reduce the amount of circulating cholesterol naturally by helping to address hormone imbalances and deficiencies — one of the underlying causes of high cholesterol. According to studies, cholesterol is a precursor to sex steroidal and adrenal hormones.
Adequate iodine 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.
- Immune System
Iodine is used regularly in the medical industry due to its natural and powerful antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties. It also destroys pathogens and malaria on contact and is beneficial for preventing urinary tract infections and treating H. pylori — a bacterial infection of the stomach that has been connected with ulcers and gastric cancer.
- Fetal and Childhood Development
The percentage of pregnant women with iodine deficiency increased by a shocking 690% in the decades between two important medical research studies, the NHANES I (1974) and NHANES II (2000) studies. Low maternal iodine levels in fetal development has been associated with higher levels of cretinism, mental retardation, autism, ADD, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), ALS, and other Myelin disorders. It has been shown that women with higher iodine levels during pregnancy had a decrease in SIDS, an overall higher childhood survival rate, and benefit from a reduced occurrence of high blood pressure.
While helping to support proper fetal development and growth, including speech and hearing development, iodine also helps make children smarter. A study has shown that iodine deficient pregnancies can result in up to a 15-point reduction in children’s IQ.
- Reproductive Health
Iodine’s ability to promote healthy hormone balance makes it an important part of infertility treatment in both men and women. It is also used in the prevention and treatment of endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts.
- Heavy Metal and Halide Detoxification
Iodine competes against halides such as fluoride (water & toothpaste), chlorine (water), and bromine (bread preservatives and flame retardants) for absorption. Adequate iodine levels therefore reduce halide toxicity in the body by filling binding sites on cells and hormones. For example, when halides like bromine bind with thyroid hormones, it results in inactive hormones. This is often seen in lab tests with “normal” thyroid hormone levels in patients with hypothyroid symptoms. Similarly, iodine helps prevent lead and other metals from being stored in the body.
Iodine effectively helps prevent the effects of radiation exposure from the use of cell phones and other frequency emitters. 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 now being detected on the U.S. mainland.
- Nails, Hair, and Teeth
Iodine is essential in the formation of healthy skin, hair, and teeth. In fact, iodine deficiency results in hair loss (also due to thyroid deficiencies), while adequate intake supports hair growth and follicle strength.
Each and every day, most of us are exposed to environmental conditions that interfere with our ability to absorb and utilize iodine. Specifically, the chlorine and fluorine in the water from our faucets and in our swimming pools, and the bromine in bakery products and flame retardants. They all compete with iodine in the body.
On the periodic table of elements, there is a group called halogens which includes iodine, fluorine, chlorine, and bromine. Iodine is found lower on this table compared to the others, meaning it is much less reactive, has difficulting competing with the more reactive elements, and often ends up being displaced. Fluorine, chlorine, and bromine are all more electronegative than iodine, so they saturate the binding sites within our bodies.
When these more reactive halogens bind with thyroid hormones, the hormones cannot function as they normally would when bound to iodine, and this creates a state of thyroid deficiency called secondary hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism then leads to many serious health issues, including obesity.
Fortunately, iodine supplementation will increase urinary excretion of fluoride, chlorine, and bromide and reduced exposure to these environmental toxins can go a long way in supporting health and wellness.
At Mother Earth Labs, we understand the importance of adequate iodine intake and recognize that it is not as simple as just taking something like kelp. This is why we use the well-known and trusted Lugol’s Solution to provide a balanced ratio of iodine and iodide.
Various tissues and organs are designed to concentrate large amounts that are necessary for their normal structure and function, with different areas needing different forms. For example, the breast and prostate prefer iodine, while thyroid tissue prefers iodide.
We offer Lugol’s Iodine two ways, a 2 oz liquid tincture or a 90-count capsule bottle. It is important to note the significant differences between these two products:
- Our liquid formula is optimal for those taking a high quality daily multivitamin-multimineral such as our Comprehensive Core or pH Balancer, or for those who need to adjust their dose lower or higher than our recommended 12.5 mg per day. This tincture includes a small amount of fulvic acid to help with iodine absorption and metabolism.
- Our capsule formula is the better option for those not taking a daily multivitamin-multimineral because it contains the additional cofactors, including fulvic acid, that are not included with our liquid formula. These cofactors are required for optimal iodine metabolism and include Thiamine, Zinc, Selenium, and Vitamin C.
Zinc is not only important for our immune system, but may also be helpful in patients with low T3 by normalizing levels of T3 and could contribute to the conversion of T4 to T3. Further, Zinc, selenium, and iodine/iodide all work together in the conversion of carcinogenic estrogen and progesterone metabolites.
Selenium is a primary mineral responsible for T4 to T3 (thyroid hormones) conversion in the liver. Supplementing or consuming high amounts of iodine without selenium can induce Autoimmune Thyroiditis and goiter; however with selenium, existing goiter and thyroid inflammation can be reduced. Selenium also reduces TgAb which may be elevated by taking iodine alone. Lastly, TPOAb antibody levels are inversely associated with selenium levels.
Vitamin C has shown in clinic case studies by Drs. Abraham and Brownstein to improve defective cellular transport mechanisms for iodine.
Iodine sufficiency, in combination with humic and fulvic acids, help protect glands from radiation poisoning. When radioactive elements interact with humic and fulvic, they form organo-metal complexes of different adsorptive stability and solubility.
Without these supporting nutrients, iodine metabolism may be impaired resulting in less effective supplementation.