I realize eating seaweed is more paleo - and I do like seaweed -- but I just realized that the multi vitamin we switched to a year and a half ago doesn't contain any iodine. I thought all multi's contained 150 to 200 mcg of iodine but this one contains nada. I don't want to megadose -- just know that I'm getting a standardized daily amount. It is impossible to know what you are getting with actual seaweed. I've had reactions from overdoing kelp strips. It seems some tissues have more affinity for iodide and others for iodine. Therefore, something like a Lugol's solution would be good but the pharmacies here all say a prescription is needed. A place called J Crow's sells it on-line but I don't know if it's legit. I take natural thyroid plus a little cytomel (am trying to wean off cytomel entirely) so want to be very cautious.
Iodine is toxic and an oxidant (which is why it's used as a topical antiseptic). Iodide, a salt, is a required nutrient. There's no reason to use any supplement containing reduced iodine (I2). Nutrition literature commonly confuses the two terms.
I like Iosol and have seen the best results from that (Used to take Iodoral).
The dosage is smaller and more controllable (1.83mg per drop). It's easy to take and like I said, results were best with it (I take 3-4 drops daily at the moment). It contains only Iodine and no Potassium Iodide, which is rumored to clog the thyroid in excess. Not sure about that but it's better to be safe than sorry.
It's also incredibly cheap and has 600 servings! So overall, it's a winner for me.
Don't forget to include selenium.
Thanks Matt -- I tried to reply up near your comment but the comment button wouldn't work.
If iodine is toxic, then why does Lugol's contain both -- 40% iodine and 60% iodide as potassium salt? -- this has been used for approximately 100 years by physicians. I think I must be misunderstanding something about the different forms -- is "reduced iodine" different than what's in Iosol?
I do not want to risk irritating my thyroid gland so this is why I am considering the Iosol which is just iodine. Some studies suggest that the thyroid gland prefers iodide -- other tissues iodine.
Over at the Iodine Project, the docs think that both forms together as in Lugol's or Iodoral are optimal.
I just don't want to suddenly bombard my body with high dose iodine or iodide -- I wanted to experiment starting out with the miniscule amount of whichever has the least chance of irritating my thyroid. I've always taken in a multi prior to this new multi that has zero. Then I wanted to work up gradually as per the suggestions on Paul Jaminet's Perfect Health site.
You can add kelp granules, sprinkle them on pretty much anything
What kind of reaction did you have from kelp? Did it make your throat swell at all? If so, have you tried iodized salt? If you look at this thread, you'll see that I and Julianne had that reaction to kelp, but both of us do ok with iodized salt.
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