Yesterday I chastised Dr. Oz for recommending table salt as a suitable way to get your needed iodine and suggested sticking with sea salt for your sodium mineral needs. So, where and how do you get your needed iodine? We’ll cover that today.
First, why is iodine so important? It’s used in just about every cell of the body in some form. It’s a major factor in creating T4 or triiodothyronine. There are two major forms, iodide and iodine, required by various tissues, according to researchers. For instance, primarily iodide is needed by the skin and thyroid gland. The breasts, however, require iodine. Without it they can become fibrocystic or develop precancerous and cancerous lesions, it is believed. Other body tissues, including the kidneys, spleen, liver, blood, salivary glands and intestines, can use either form, apparently.
Do you remember that the government forces salt refining companies to add iodine to salt? That’s because Iodine is essential and as a population, we’re deficient in it. It’s also important to know iodine can be easily replaced by its related elements, bromine, fluorides, and chlorine compounds. If quality iodine, the preferred mineral, isn’t present in the diet and environment, these other compounds can and often do compete with iodine for absorption into our bodies.
Note: Iodine that is radioactive is one of the harmful culprits we are exposed to when a nuclear power plant leaks. Taking the recommended amount of quality Kelp, which your body prefers, can help keep your body from absorbing the radioactive iodine.
So, what is a recommended source for iodine? Some doctors like to give a pure iodine supplement such as Iodoral, potassium iodide, Lugol’s solution or other. These are excellent iodine supplements and very similar to one another. Iodoral has certain properties that make it a problem, however. It contains only iodine, whereas kelp, for example, contains iodine and many other excellent minerals such as selenium, chromium, germanium, rubidium and others that are needed today by everyone.
I prefer to recommend kelp, about three to six 500-600 mg capsules daily. It is an excellent source of iodine. Kelp has the following advantages over Iodoral:
- It contains many trace elements our bodies need. These include selenium, chromium, germanium. One hundred grams of kelp contains 1.7 grams of protein, and vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K.
- It is particularly rich in folic acid. It even contains some fatty acids, including a little of the omega-3 fatty acids and others.
- It also contains many other phytonutrients found in plants, along with soluble fiber.
- It is also a natural food, so it is adequately absorbed and the body can regulate how much it absorbs without any danger of toxicity. I have seen toxicity from Iodoral in a few cases.
- It is also less expensive than Iodoral.
- It is also available without a prescription, which is convenient.
Kelp has the disadvantage of containing some amounts of toxic metals. However, this is offset to a large degree by its content of alginates and other materials that help absorb toxic metals in the intestines and prevent their uptake by the body. The same is not true, by the way, of the other sea vegetables or seafood such as fish or shellfish. This is why I prefer using kelp as a source of iodine instead of more fish, seafood or other sea vegetables.
In my experience, everyone needs more iodine and it is quite a safe element. Those with Graves disease or hypothyroidism generally need to be careful. If you suffer these, contact me directly before taking kelp, or additional iodine in any form.