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tincture of iodine vs Lugol's solution- sodium iodide vs potassium

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Can I use tincture of iodine to supplement my iodine intake? It differs from Lugol's in what it has sodium iodide instead of potassium iodide. Both have elemental iodine in them. Sodium iodide also treats deficiencies. But why Lugol's is recommended for supplementing and tincture is not.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tincture_of_iodine#US...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_iodide#Food_su...

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5 · June 21, 2014 at 4:33 AM

http://iodineresearch.com/debunked.html

"The salt is iodized with potassium iodide which may be helpful to the thyroid. But the breasts and ovaries need iodine as well as iodide. This time, you can skip the math and just go straight to the science. Women are taking the wrong iodine."

In this article iodine seems to be necessary, not toxic... I don't get it. If potassium iodide is the one that is needed for the thyroid, then why sometimes sodium iodide is used for this. If body breaks it down to potassium/sodium and iodine then why ingesting it as elemental right away will be toxic? ..

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5 · June 17, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Hi Girlgenius, Thank you for your answer. So you, like Matt 11, also do not like the idea of supplementing with lugol's or tincture?.. You know, after 3 days of taking 3-7 drops a day of iodine tincture my basal temperature went up to normal, my feet are warm and not freezing cold.

People on paleohacks take it too. http://paleohacks.com/questions/506495/lugols-solu...

There are people who take 150 mg of lugol per day for a year. Some say we need elemental iodine too... Some say we may be lacking enzymes to digest sea weed...

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41471 · June 17, 2014 at 12:54 AM

You can definitely get confused by all the contradictory stuff out there. Anything with molecular iodine (which includes triiodide as found in Lugol's) isn't want you want. Iodized salt will mostly contain potassium iodide, maybe iodate. Iodoral is simply a pill form of Lugol's. Generally if you need iodine, a legit doctor will prescribe you potassium iodide. Though there are a lot of alternative medicine folks out there that swear by Lugol's.

Use iodized salt and there's really no reason to supplement.

Even if you don't, a varied diet will rarely be iodine deficient.

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5 · June 17, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Thank you Matt 11 for the answer. I will definitely work on increasing iodine reach foods. But it will take a will until I will overcome deficiency. Did I get it right that you do not think that Lugol's solution is appropriate as a supplement?.. But people take it, and there are doctors that recommend it. There is iodoral that is sold for the same purpose of treating iodine deficiency and each tablet has a lot of iodine/iodide in the same proportion as Lugol's. This is confusing...

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0 · June 16, 2014 at 7:36 PM

If you need iodine, the best place would be some kind of seaweed (look in Japanese section of supermarket or health store). But there are other places to get it, like iodized sea salt if you include salt in your Paleo diet. There are kelp "drops" in health stores but I honestly don't know how effective they are, and emergency iodine pills you can generally only buy online for protection from nuclear fallout (not to be used daily). In a survival situation, you might ingest small amounts of the toxic form of iodine and it might be used by your body after being detoxified at a slight expense to your liver which does heal. That's why it's important to follow label directions carefully.

So the easiest way is to wrap up some paleo snacks in nori sheets.

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5 · June 17, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Hi Girlgenius, Thank you for your answer. So you, like Matt 11, also do not like the idea of supplementing with lugol's or tincture?.. You know, after 3 days of taking 3-7 drops a day of iodine tincture my basal temperature went up to normal, my feet are warm and not freezing cold.

People on paleohacks take it too. http://paleohacks.com/questions/506495/lugols-solu...

There are people who take 150 mg of lugol per day for a year. Some say we need elemental iodine too... Some say we may be lacking enzymes to digest sea weed...

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41471 · June 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Molecular iodine is not something you want to supplement with, iodide or iodate are. Molecular iodine is toxic, that's why it's used as an antiseptic.

Better yet, if you're going to supplement iodine, "supplement" with foods rich in iodine.

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5 · June 21, 2014 at 4:33 AM

http://iodineresearch.com/debunked.html

"The salt is iodized with potassium iodide which may be helpful to the thyroid. But the breasts and ovaries need iodine as well as iodide. This time, you can skip the math and just go straight to the science. Women are taking the wrong iodine."

In this article iodine seems to be necessary, not toxic... I don't get it. If potassium iodide is the one that is needed for the thyroid, then why sometimes sodium iodide is used for this. If body breaks it down to potassium/sodium and iodine then why ingesting it as elemental right away will be toxic? ..

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5 · June 17, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Thank you Matt 11 for the answer. I will definitely work on increasing iodine reach foods. But it will take a will until I will overcome deficiency. Did I get it right that you do not think that Lugol's solution is appropriate as a supplement?.. But people take it, and there are doctors that recommend it. There is iodoral that is sold for the same purpose of treating iodine deficiency and each tablet has a lot of iodine/iodide in the same proportion as Lugol's. This is confusing...

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