If you’re already aware of the Lugols Iodine Benefits, then it is good for you. You’re clearly a better person than I. If not, then you are in for a treat. Let me take you by your hand and walk towards that light at the end of the tunnel that is Lugols Iodine Supplements.
Iodine is an essential mineral that gives us energy, prevents fatigue, and makes thyroid hormones. Very few foods contain iodine naturally. Yet we may be lacking in this crucial mineral. Find out how Lugol’s Iodine can help with your health and wellbeing by reading this article.
Lugols Iodine Benefits
Rectifying Iodine Deficiency.
Taking a supplement of iodine (Lugol’s solution) maintains levels high enough for the iodine to displace the toxins. Some organs need iodide – the ion form of iodine and some require iodine:
Iodide: Thyroid, skin,
Iodine: Breast, ovaries, prostate,
Iodide or Iodine: Kidneys, spleen, liver, blood, salivary glands, intestines
Frenchman Jean Lugol 1829 introduced a 1:2 ratio iodine: iodide solution in distilled water – still today called “Lugol’s solution“. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines; the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system.
Personally, I would not describe Lugol’s solution as a medicine more than the medicine of water. Lugol is a nutritional supplement with additional alternative direct applications, such as a disinfectant, even for purifying drinking water.
The American version of Lugol’s does not have the same strength as the European one. When the European version refers to 15%, it means 15% pure iodine plus 30% potassium iodide. The American 15% means 5% iodine plus 10% potassium iodide so there is a huge difference between them.
Dr. Brownstein’s benchmark book “Iodine – Why you need it” explains in great depth the appropriate protocols for anyone with a medical condition wishing to use Lugol’s solution.
Personally, I just use Lugol’s to maintain good health and preempt any potential deficiencies. In contrast, my partner used it successfully to end 14 years of synthetic thyroxine addiction following a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s disease. She has been completely off the drug and free of its horrible side effects now for 6 years and has no thyroid issues.
Exogenous thyroxine shuts the thyroid down generating an addictive dependence on the exogenous supply. If the doctor’s victim tries to stop using it, they end up bedridden in only a few days. Unfortunately, Levothyroxine is the most prescribed drug in the U.S. with over 23 million people taking it on prescription (Slightly edging out Crestor – a statin drug).
For that reason, thyroid cancer is currently the fastest growing cancer epidemic in the US. We know that iodine deficiency is a direct pathway to many cancers.
Iodine Supplementation (Lugol’s Solution)
In the developed world there is an epidemic of cancer as well as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and chronic diseases in general. One in seven women suffers breast cancer and one in three men suffers prostate cancer. Ever-increasing exposure to toxic chemicals (including ALL medical drugs) and the concurrent decline in food nutrient levels certainly play a key role in creating this situation. The medical world chooses to remain totally blind to both issues. Doctors have no education in nutrition (you only have to look at hospital meals to see that!) and in the US each year 80,000 people die from the CORRECT use of pharmaceutical drugs – making it one of the leading 10 causes of death.
Iodine supplementation should be part of a basic preemptive strategy for avoiding becoming part of those statistics. For that reason, Iodine doesn’t only prevent many problems.
Supplementation of iodine and iodide (Lugol’s solution) detoxifies the body from toxic halides. This should ideally only be a small part of a much more extensive nutritional and hygiene program.
Simple hygiene goes a long way toward protecting against iodine deficiency.
- Avoid eating food stored in plastic containers and packaging
- Use a filter at home to remove chlorine from tap water
- Drinking good mineral water helps detoxification
- Ventilate the house at every opportunity
- Avoid soft drinks with bromide or fluoridated water components
- Try to replace all household and personal care products with chemical-free ones
- Avoid baked goods with bromine added
- Avoid fluoridated dental products
- Sweating – working out and saunas help detoxification
- Avoid soy, millet, and gluten products
- Reduce goitrogenic foods – avoid raw cruciferous vegetables and almonds
Regardless of whether the goal is to deal with an existing problem or to avoid ever having to cross the threshold of any medical doctor’s clinic, the same basic nutritional approach is appropriate.
First of all the iodine levels need to be increased.
Secondly, the mitochondrial function needs to be assisted.
Thirdly antioxidants (and supporting minerals) are added to combat runaway oxidation issues.
That covers not only thyroid issues but most of the entire huge list of potential diseases possible from iodine deficiency.
Some sources claim that “excess” iodine is harmful even in small amounts. This completely contradicts Dr. Brownstein and Dr. Guy Abraham his mentor. There may be very rare exceptions when this is right but I’ll put the issue down to homophobia for the moment. (Dr. Abraham was part of the most extensive study of iodine ever undertaken – The Iodine Project).
Lugol’s solution – from 12 to 50 mg/day
- Mitochondria Function
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 100 mg and B3 (Niacinamide) 500 mg both twice per day
- Hormone Synthesis and Activation
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 100mg (critical for many of the steps leading to the synthesis and activation of thyroid hormone and its thyroglobulin protein)
Vitamin C between 3 and 10 grams per day – dosing to suit intestinal tolerance.
Magnesium 200 mg (prevents excess calcium from allowing excess oxidation, is essential for the production of glutathione and for improving its function)
Selenium 100-200μg/day (needed for glutathione – the master antioxidant and for activating and deactivating thyroid hormones)
Manganese 10 mg (Manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) is the principal antioxidant in mitochondria.)
Iodine itself is a potent antioxidant – more potent than vitamins C and E.
Harvested “Unrefined” Sea Salt is not a source of balanced minerals
Dr. Brownstein also recommends unrefined sea salt for supplying the minerals such as iodine and perhaps magnesium. However, I believe this to be an error. The problem is that there is no such thing as unrefined salt on the market which by law must be 97% or more pure sodium chloride (solids).
Magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sulfates are all skimmed off in the evaporation process when sea salt is harvested. I use food-grade, Epsom Salts, to provide both magnesium and sulfates.
Some sea salts clarify that they are 14% water and Dr. Brownstein considers this brine to contain minerals but it’s only a very small amount by weight.
I verified the popular Himalayan mine certificates for their salt content and found it to be 99% NaCl.
Seawater (especially water samples dated near 4 billion years old), unlike harvested sea salt and mined salts, has a very close mineral composition to plasma and interstitial fluids (“internal sea” which bathes all cells) in the body. (Unicellular organisms require at least 10% humidity to function and survive!)
Fluid composition inside the cell (Intracellular Fluid) is quite different from seawater as the constituents are altered by the metabolic process of life.
Iodine Allergy ???
Many people find that they can have an allergic reaction when administered iodine in a hospital or when purchased from a pharmacy. Skin can blister or they can even have an anaphylactic reaction.
Iodine is essential for life, being in every one of your body’s cells – so how is this possible?
Hospitals and pharmacies use a modified iodine compound.
Povidone-Iodine is the name of the active substance in the dark brown liquid and is commonly called by the trade name “Betadine”.
Betadine 10% solution contains 10% Povidone-Iodine giving 1% iodine. Inactive ingredients are purified water and sodium hydroxide.
It’s the povidone that people are allergic to not the iodine.
The chemical formula for Povidone-Iodide is: (C6H9NO)n
Other names used are:
PVP, Povidone, PVPP, Crospovidone, Polyvidone, PNVP
Food additive E1201
Povidone-Iodide (PVP-I) was discovered in 1955 at the Industrial Toxicology Laboratories in Philadelphia. Since 1811 Iodine has been used as a broad-spectrum bactericide and is also effective against yeasts, molds, fungi, viruses, and protozoans. Due to irritation at the site of application, (apparent) toxicity ??? and the staining of surrounding tissues PVP-I was introduced supposedly to overcome those issues and provide a low dose of iodine.
The main other uses for the unnatural chemical Povidone, other than getting it into your body are as follows:
- as an adhesive in a glue stick and hot-melt adhesives
- as a special additive for batteries, ceramics, fiberglass, inks, and inkjet paper, and in the chemical-mechanical planarization process
- to increase resolution in photoresists for cathode ray tubes (CRT)
- as an emulsifier and disintegrant for solution polymerization
- in aqueous metal quenching
- as a binder and complexation agent in agricultural applications such as crop protection, seed treatment, and coating
- as a thickening agent in tooth whitening gels
- for production of membranes, such as dialysis and water purification filters
- as an aid for increasing the solubility of drugs in liquid and semi-liquid dosage forms (syrups, soft gelatine capsules) and as an inhibitor of recrystallization
- as a surfactant, reducing agent, shape controlling agent, and dispersant in nanoparticle synthesis and their self-assembly
Why Lugol’s vs. other forms of iodine?s
Lugol contains both forms of iodine which are essential to the body: elemental Iodine (I2), and Iodide. Our 2% Lugol Iodine solution is made in small batches for excellent quality control and consists of ACS (American Chemical Society) grade pure elemental iodine, steam-distilled water, and Potassium Iodide.
5 typical drops provide 12.5 mg of total iodine. (10 drops=25 mg, etc.). We must refrain from specific advice or diagnosis due to legalities.
We believe it is critical not to take Lugol’s within an hour of anything with Vitamin C in it. Most juices have added Vitamin C, also multi-vitamin supplements. Citrus juices have it naturally. Vitamin C reduces the I2 to iodide, therefore changing the Lugol’s to all iodide and no elemental iodine. We suggest using 4-8 oz of a drink like tea, water, flavored waters (no added Vitamin C), etc.
We manufacture 2% Lugol’s Solution, instead of a stronger type, because it is not regulated by the DEA and you can purchase as much as you would like. Concentrations above 2.2% are regulated by the DEA and we can only sell you 1 oz per sale.
David Brownstein, M.D. is a family physician who utilizes the best conventional and alternative therapies. He is the Medical Director for the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, MI, and is one of the world’s experts on iodine deficiency symptoms and solutions.
In a lecture by Dr. Brownstein, he states the following: “Iodine levels have declined steadily 50% between 1971 and 2000 according to the National Health and Nutrition Survey. During this time, increases in thyroid illnesses, cancer of the breast, prostate, endometrium, and ovaries occurred. All of the above conditions CAN be caused by iodine deficiency. Every cell in the body requires iodine, especially the endocrine organs that produce all the hormones of the body. Hence, adequate iodine levels are necessary for proper immune system function.” – Dr. David Brownstein, MD, lecture on February 2, 2019.
Your body’s ability to use the iodine may be blocked by certain toxins that occupy the same sites in the body as iodine needs to occupy, and therefore it can’t be used. The toxins are “halides,” which are other members of the same category in the periodic chart of the elements such as bromine, fluorine, and chlorine.
Therefore, taking the Lugol, and especially the unrefined salt in the protocol listed below will drive the toxins out of the body. If they are being driven out faster than your body’s detox pathways can handle, certain symptoms can occur such as fatigue, diarrhea, acne breakouts, and others. You may feel worse before you feel better, especially if you are older or have a lifestyle that consists of more toxic exposures.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 1,000-2000mgs, other sources say 3,000 + mg – A critical anti-oxidant needed due to toxin release. Also, the adrenal glands are the largest storage site of Vitamin C in the body. The iodine mechanisms where iodine is pulled into the cells need Vitamin C. You will probably need to start with no more than 1000 mg/day, or you could get diarrhea. Work up to it gradually. Forms like calcium ascorbate, etc. are easier on the system. DO NOT TAKE BEFORE LUGOL’S, NOR WITHIN 1 HOUR AFTER.
Selenium 100-200 mcg
The thyroid uses Selenium which is essential for normal function. However, you can become overloaded with this mineral if you’re not careful. You may want to have your hemoglobin levels checked.
Magnesium at least 200 mg daily
This nutrient is important for more than 300 enzyme processes.
Celtic or Pink Himalayan Unrefined Salt 1 to 1-1/2 tsp daily
Adequate levels of sodium are needed to ensure the proper function of many systems in the body. Salt also forces bromide and fluoride toxins out of the body so that it can use iodine.
Vitamins B2 and B3 (the CoFactors)- get the non-flush kind of B3. 100 mg B2 / 500 mg B3
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and Vitamin B3 (Niacin) are co-factors with the iodine processes in the body. For that reason, some people say that these are optional supplements. Read Dr. Brownstein’s book for more information.
Therapeutic Actions of Iodine and Conditions it can treat.
The following table is directly from page 22 in Dr. Brownstein’s book.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The recommended dosage of Lugol’s iodine is 2-3 drops per day. It’s best to start with a lower dose and increase gradually as needed. Too much iodine can be harmful, so it’s important to follow the dosage instructions carefully.
Iodine is essential for the body to produce thyroid hormones. These hormones are important for normal growth and development, especially during pregnancy and infancy. Iodine deficiency can cause a number of health problems, including goiter, mental retardation, and stunted growth.
There is no scientific evidence that iodine helps with weight loss. In fact, there is some evidence that too much iodine can actually lead to weight gain.