Featuring Magnascent (Nascent) Iodine
Biochemically speaking, Nascent Iodine is Iodine where the Iodine molecule has the diatomic bond broken and has a high amount of electromagnetic energy associated with it. It is highly bioavailable. During the two to three hour active time (within the human body, diluted in water and consumed) the nascent atom has the ability to directly be utilized by the body without conversion until losing this nascent state over a 2-3 hour time span. During this time span, the body recognizes this Iodine atom as exactly the same atom that the thyroid produces from other forms of Iodine in order to make the T3 and T4 hormones.
Nascent Iodine, i.e. Magnascent Iodine, is recognized by the body as the same Iodine that is used by the thyroid and other hormone receptors. It is absorbed effortlessly by the body.
Magnascent Iodine is unique among all Iodine supplements, because of high usability and assimilability benefits unlike any other form of Iodine — Magnascent Iodine is the most easily assimilated Iodine available today! Other Iodine supplements are comprised of Iodine molecules and Iodine compounds (such as potassium iodide). These types of Iodine are very useful, but not as well assimilated as Magnascent Iodine. Therefore, more of those types of supplements needs to be taken and in some cases, the amount needed causes stress to the body. For its ease of assimilability and effectiveness at lower dosing, Magnascent is well worth its higher cost.
Iodine is Essential to Life and is Present Throughout the Body
Iodine is found in every organ and tissue in the body. It is found in high levels in the thyroid, breast, stomach, saliva, ovaries, liver, lung, heart, and adrenals.
Thyroid — Much of the research that has been done on Iodine has been focused on Iodine’s impact on the the body’s metabolism and thyroid health, since Iodine is essential for the formation of thyroid hormones and the thyroid hormones affect every cell of the body. The fact is that the thyroid is the master gland of metabolism. When it is not functioning properly it can affect every aspect of your health, particularly weight, mental outlook, body temperature and energy levels.
Breast — Iodine is essential for proper breast structure and health. Research on Iodine and the breast has focused on its importance in avoiding fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer and relationships between thyroid issues and breast health.
Brain and Central Nervous System — Iodine is essential for the development of the brain. Cretinism, a severe form of mental retardation with physical difficulties as well, is caused by severe Iodine deficiency in the mother during pregnancy. It is the best known of the Iodine Deficiency Diseases and is still a problem in much of the world. Many suspect that lesser forms of mental retardation are also caused by Iodine deficiency.
Immune System — Iodine is a key player in a potent anti-microbial process that requires a peroxidase, hydrogen peroxide, and a halide (Iodine is the most potent). This anti-microbial process quickly kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, and various other microorganisms. This process has been studied in neutrophils, an abundant type of white blood cell important in the defense of the body against infection. If there is no other available Iodine, then Iodine is sometimes scavenged from thyroid hormones.
Stomach — Iodine has been found to be concentrated in the stomach. It is important in the production of stomach acidity, the creation of bowel movements, and it’s absence in the proliferation of candida.
Skin — Interestingly, a large percentage of the body’s total Iodine is found in the skin. Moreover, Iodine can be absorbed through the skin. Exactly what the Iodine is doing in the skin and the various factors that affect transdermal absorption are not yet clear.
Ovaries — Ovaries concentrate Iodine indicating its importance in reproduction. Iodine uptake varies with sexual activities and is enhanced by estrogens.
Lungs — There is a long history of the therapeutic use of Iodine for lung issues. It has been successfully used in asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
Eyes — Iodine occurs in large quantities in the ciliary body and lachrymal glands of the eye. It has been related to cataract formation and glaucoma, and is seen as useful in treating eye infections. Iodine has been found to be protective against UVB radiation damage to the eyes.
Mouth — The salivary gland concentrates Iodine 20 to 100 times serum levels. The function of the Iodine in the saliva is not yet clear, but it is speculated to be for killing or weakening of pathogens in food.
Hair — Whether your hair turns gray and falls out or stays a thick mane of vibrant color is dependent on your body having proper levels of thyroid hormones. New ground breaking research has documented that human hair follicles are direct targets of the thyroid hormones which modulate hair biology parameters from cycling to pigmentation. To get your full head of hair back and halt the graying, you must restore your level of thyroid functioning to what it was when your hair was plentiful and colorful.
Signs of Thyroid Hormone Deficiency (aka Hypothyroidism, aka Iodine Deficiency)
Symptoms of inadequate amounts of thyroid hormones include:
- Difficulty losing weight
- Weight changes
- Muscle and joint pain
- Coarse, dry hair
- Dry, rough pale skin
- Hair loss
- Depression and anxiety
- Memory loss
- Abnormal menstrual cycles
- Decreased libido
- Feeling overly warm or cold when others are comfortable
- Being tired when you get up after a good night's sleep
- Needing a nap or two to get through the day
Think about how the wisdom of the body operates. When thyroid output is insufficient (because of a lack of a needed resource such as Iodine), the body will attempt to conserve energy.
Conserving energy means restricting energy from nonessential areas, and directing efforts at repair and regeneration to those functions considered more essential. This is why the beauty of your hair and skin are among the first to abandoned when thyroid hormones are insufficient. Also, when thyroid function is low, intestinal absorption and utilization of nutrients is also compromised. There are then not enough raw building materials available to keep the nonessential parts of you at their best.
Magnascent Iodine User Experiences
I'd say that Magnascent Iodine has definitely changed my life! I have less brain fog, less depression, more energy, just everything is better. I tell everyone that they should use it and many of my family members have started taking it. I've tried many different types too, and Magnascent is by far the best one. So far I end up giving away a lot of it to get people to try it. I can't help it its just so amazing that everyone should be taking it!
Magnascent has been marvelous for me. It's the first time I've had energy in 15 years!
We are doing wonderful! Since taking the Magnascent Iodine, we are finding our health is steadily returning back to normal. The potency of this single healing modality is truly astounding -- in my case at least, the tremendous experienced improvement in health is perhaps due to the fact that my thyroid gland had really been in trouble.
I undoubtedly had been severely Iodine deficient so that adding 5 drops 3x/day provided my body with the Iodine it so desperately needed. The beneficial effect of Magnascent Iodine is manifesting itself most notably in the following three ways: 1) more energy, especially of the 'mental' kind and a huge reduction in 'brain fog'; 2) increased resistance to colds and the flu and a general sense of having a stronger constitution; and 3) a definite increase in physical strength and flexibility, easily gauged by the stamina I now enjoy during my daily one-hour Ashtanga yoga practice!
I've been on Magnascent for a week, as has my husband. We both feel a tremendous increase in energy and many other symptoms are fading. We are sleeping deeper. Our heads are clearer. He says he feels twenty years younger
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Additional Help for Those With Under Production of Thyroid Hormones (as long as sufficient Iodine exists in the body):
- Vitamin D - essential for conversion of T4 to T3.
- Laminine - helps by replacing damaged cells in thyroid and hormone receptors with undamaged cells
- Cardio & Brain Helper - contains several botanicals that promote the production and activation of thyroid hormones.
- Coleus forskohlii
- Commiphora mukul (Guggul)
- Brahmi - found in Cardio & Brain Helper
- Shankhapushpi - found in Cardio & Brain Helper
- Guduchi - found in Cardio & Brain Helper
- Selenium - selenium helps mop up or neutralize toxins released from cells. Essential Seven provides 75 mcg of food-form selenium in each serving (from selenium grown broccoli)
- Artichoke Root and Leaf and Dandelion Root - also remove toxins from the body.
The following work against optimal thyroid hormones production:
- Cortisol (if you have high Cortisol, then we highly recommend that you supplement with the best Cortisol inhibitor we know of, which is called Laminine (www.Egg-of-Life.com)
- Refined Flour Goods (bromine used in refined flour goods blocks Iodine’s use in creating thyroid hormones)
- These foods: Cabbage, Mustard, Soybeans, Turnips and Millet - all of which have chemicals that diminish thyroid hormone production and conversion. It’s not that you cannot eat these foods, but don’t eat considerable amounts.
What About T3?
Activated T4 is called T3. T3 is designed to be used immediately while T4 has been bound to a protein to better survive the trip from the thyroid one of the trillions of cells in the body. The thyroid makes some T3... but most T3 is converted from T4 into T3 in the liver or inside individual cells, after intake into the cell. Ensuring that this conversion takes place is done with optimal nutrition, especially with the helpful nutrients listed above and by avoiding the not helpful nutrients listed above.
Whats the difference between Magnascent Iodine and other Iodine products?
The quality that separates nascent Iodine from all other Iodine products is that the diatomic bond is broken with each atom keeping one of the two electrons that had made up the covalent bond.
This is known as homolytic cleavage and causes the Iodine atom to be subject to magnetic charging. The Iodine being in the atomic state was the reason it was called Atomidine, for Atomic Iodine (1926 to 1935).
This atomic state and large electromagnetic charge is held by the atom until diluted in water where it then rapidly looses its charge.
It was the famous psychic Edgar Cayce, who suggested Iodine for all sorts of thyroid problems, who advised that it would be necessary to electrically charge the Iodine to change it into its "atomic" form.
This charging converts the Iodine into a form that the body can most fully recognize and assimilate.
Iodine trichlorite claims to be atomic Iodine, but it's not. A true atomic Iodine is the best kind to bring the thyroid to its optimal function because it supports and saturates the thyroid without any toxic buildup.
Where Is Iodine Found in the Body?
Every cell in the body contains and utilizes Iodine, but Iodine is concentrated in the glandular system of the body. The thyroid gland contains a higher concentration of Iodine than any other organ. Large amounts of Iodine are also stored in many other areas including the salivary glands, cerebrospinal fluid and the brain,3 gastric mucosa, choroid plexus, breasts, ovaries, and the ciliary body of the eye. In the brain, Iodine concentrates in the substantia nigra, an area of the brain that has been associated with Parkinson’s disease. Iodine is essential for the normal growth and development of children. Severe Iodine deficiency can result in severe mental deficiency and deafness (i.e., cretinism). In addition, spontaneous abortion, as well as delayed physical and intellectual development is associated with Iodine deficiency. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Perhaps... the single most important supplement in today’s Iodine depleted world!
In the last 30 years, according to the National Health Nutritional Examination Survey, Iodine levels in both soils and people have decreased by 50%.
Iodine’s presence in the body is essential for optimal health. A lack of Iodine in the body can reduce metabolic function substantially with a resultant:
- Lack of energy
- Increased fat storage
- Male pattern baldness
- Graying hair for both men and women
- Higher levels of toxicity
- And numerous other bad health effects (discussed below).
Iodine is essential to thyroid hormones that regulate metabolism (conversion of food to energy). Low energy or thyroid function is often a simple matter of Iodine deficiency.
Furthermore, Iodine is utilized by every hormone receptor in the body. Thus, the absence of Iodine causes a hormonal dysfunction that can be seen with practically every hormone.
If that weren’t enough, Iodine regulates the movement of nutrients into cells and the drainage of toxins out of cells. So, if your body retains toxins or doesn’t absorb nutrients, Iodine deficiency may be the solution.
We have the Premier Iodine supplement: Magnascent Iodine is the most absorbable and instantly useable of any Iodine supplement on earth. It’s atomic form of Iodine (atoms held apart by magnetic water suspension) is the exact form of Iodine that the body uses.
A bottle (1 ounce) of Magnascent Iodine contains 1,100 drops, which, at the maintenance rate of 3 drops per day, will last for nearly a full year.
Iodine is Essential for Making Thyroid Hormones
A major use of Iodine in the human body is in making Thyroxin (T4), the metabolic hormone that instructs cellular mitochondria to convert food to energy. Thyroxin is produced in a very complex way.
- When the blood's thyroxin level is low, the brain's hypothalamus (the gland that is the energy super-brain orchestrating the body’s complex energy functions) produces a thyrotropin-releasing hormone.
- Thyrotropin-releasing hormone stimulates the pituitary gland to produce thyrotropin - thyrotropin is a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) that excites the thyroid gland to produce thyroxin (T4).
- When the blood's thyroxin level is high, the hypothalamus releases a hormone that inhibits TSH production.
Of course, without adequate amounts of Iodine in the body, this complex procedure fails at the point of making thyroxin, which means that this single point of failure could cause a drop in energy (meaning less calories are burned) and thereby could cause fat gain for those persons whose Iodine levels are INADEQUATE.
In the past 30 years, soil levels of Iodine in many areas have dropped by 50% and today, most of the world’s soils and crops are deficient in Iodine. It is estimated that 74% of the world’s population are now deficient in Iodine, which is at least partly responsible for the current epidemic of overweight issues and tiredness.
The following diets create the most risk for Iodine deficiency:
- Diets that do not regularly include iodized salt (iodized salt is most people’s only consistent iodine source)
- Diets without ocean fish or sea vegetables (this is most people’s second best source of iodine)
- Diets high in the consumption of bakery products (which contain bromine that prevents uptake ofh iodine)
Iodine Protects Against Heavy Metals, Chemicals, Toxins & Radiation
Iodine is very important to protect against chlorine, bromine and flourine interference with cell membrane functions, which interfere with hormone release, nutrient uptake and toxin removal. The way this happens is that when iodine levels in the body are low, these halogens take over in iodine receptors, blocking hormone and nutrient transport and trapping toxins in cells.
Radiation quickly damages the thyroid. With the amount of increased radiation in the environment (from Fukashima, etc.), thyroid cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers today (especially in children). Nascent iodine can help protect the thyroid by competing with radioactive iodine in thyroid receptors.
Unhappy Consequences of Iodine Deficiency
Being deficient in Iodine can result in many severe medical conditions including:
- Cretinism ( very severe brain damage occurring in very early life)
- Mental impairment, reduced intellectual ability
- Breast cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Ovarian cancer.
- There is a decreased childhood survival rate associated with Iodine deficiency (in fact, studies have shown that neonatal mortality can be decreased by up to 50% when Iodine deficiency is rectified).
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Other myelin disorders
Magnascent Iodine is a nascent form of Iodine — the most powerful supplemental form of Iodine on the market — the only consumable Iodine with a patent pending status. Nascent form means that it is the form of an uncharged atom, not an ion (charged particle in solution), molecule or salt compound. In the form of an atom, it has a large energy potential and is readily available to be used by the body. The patent pending process behind Magnascent Iodine is an electromagnetic process that yields nascent Iodine with a long shelf life and superior bioavailability (1/3 the dosage required as compared to other types of Iodine supplements).
The correct procedure for using Magnascent Iodine is as follows: Put one or two ounces of water in a glass and, using the dropper provided, put the desired number of drops into the water. Drink the resulting mixture within a few minutes. The mixture becomes activated when the Iodine is dropped into the water and is active for the next few hours inside the human body.
Magnascent Iodine is best taken mixed in water only (not juice or other liquids) and taken 15 to 20 minutes before meals or on an empty stomach. Each drop of 2% Magnascent Iodine equals 0.4 milligrams of Iodine.
One to three drops, twice daily is the label recommendation for Iodine maintenance in one’s body because most people use up between 1 and 2 mg of Iodine each day. If, however, you understand the difference between what is needed maintenance and therapeutic nutrition amounts, then you understand that much more Iodine may be desirable to bring your body’s stored Iodine level up from a deficient state to an optimum state.
However, don’t be in a hurry. Please start at only one drop per day, and work your way up to higher doses. The reason is that because Iodine helps cell membranes to have an increased ability to expel toxins from the cell into the bloodstream, you may unleash enough exiting toxins to make you grumpy or very uncomfortable . For most people, an increased rate of detoxification causes no problems (and is in fact, very desirable), but, for a minority of people, a rapid change in how many toxins are leaving cells and entering the blood stream is very uncomfortable, especially if their elimination pathways are sluggish, or they are extremely toxic. Hence the suggestion to start at a very low dose, and increase from there, always staying in your comfort zone. Maximum doses can be as high as 60 drops per day in divided doses (but, again start from a lower amount and work up).
If you would like to be somewhat scientific in determining an Iodine supplementation goal, the following is a good guide (just follow the steps)
- First determine your Iodine saturation goal for your body. For most adults that number will be between 2,000 mg and 3,000 mg total Iodine storage in the body. You can multiply your body weight in pounds by 14. So, for a person who weighs 150 pounds, the total desired amount is 2,100 mg.
- Next, determine your current saturation level with an Iodine Patch Test (this isn’t as scientific as an actual urine excretion measurement, so if you can afford to do that medical test with your doctor, that will be more accurate). If the Iodine stain (patch) takes 8 hours to disappear, your saturation is calculated by dividing those hours by 48, i.e. 8/48 = 17 percent. That means you would be 83 percent deficient in Iodine. So, now multiply .83 * 2,100. The result is 1,743 mg. That’s how much Iodine you need to add to your body. The medical test will give you a similar idea of deficiency.
- Next, keep in mind that your body loses about 1 mg per day of Iodine in the normal course of living. So, if you want to bring your Iodine storage level (or saturation) up to 100% in six months time, you will need to add 183 to 1,743 (=1,926). The 183 is to replace the 1 mg loss per day during those six months.
- Next convert milligrams to drops and divide by number of days. There are .4 mg of Iodine in each drop. So, divide 1,926 by .4 and you will need to take 4,815 drops over that six month period, which is 26 drops per day... and you could take that as 5 drops, five times a day, or 7 drops, four times a day, or 8 drops three times a day, or 13 drops twice a day.
- Again, remember to start at a very low dosage initially (1 drop), and increase slowly until reaching the target dosage. If you have an uncomfortable reaction at only 1 drop then discontinue use until you consult with your medical professional, and obtain instructions as how to proceed.
For most people (but, please remember that what is good and appropriate for 999,999 out of 1 million people, may hurt you), it is choose a shorter period than six months in which to bring your iodine levels up to optimum. For instance, some people, have used as many as 15 drops four times a day (60 drops is equivalent to 24 mg). But, always, start at lower doses and work up to see how your body reacts — because Iodine increases detoxification speed, and, therefore, there is a very real possibility of detox reactions (meaning that if you start with high doses, you may feel worse, while the body is throwing toxins out of your tissues).
If you’re worried about overdosing, then please keep in mind that Dr. Brownstein, who has extensively researched Iodine in regard to human health recommends 50 mg to 60 mg of standard Iodine supplements daily for a year to correct Iodine deficiency.
To the extend possible with your daily schedule, for efficient use of Magnascent Iodine, we recommend that you divide your dosage of Iodine into several (two to five) doses per day, rather than just one large dose. This is because the body uses it for a period of two to three hours before it loses the nascent state; therefore, dividing up the amount gives it a longer time to be active in the body.
Please note that many people find it useful to swish the solution around in the mouth before swallowing to because of its natural antiseptic properties (helps prevent tooth decay and bad breath). We recommend not taking it just before going to bed, as it may keep you awake.
Mixing the product in juice or other liquids will cause the Iodine to lose its nascent (active) state since it will chemically binds with other things in the juice. This will make Magnascent Iodine become an ordinary Iodine (which is good), instead of active (which is the best).
How to Determine if One Is Deficient in Iodine - Iodine Patch Test
A quick way to determine if one is deficient in Iodine is to paint (using liquid Iodine) a 2 to 3 inch circle or square onto your skin and then observe how rapidly the body absorbs the Iodine from the skin. If the body is seriously deficient in Iodine then the Iodine stain will disappear in less than 8 hours. If the stain is still there in 24 hours, then the body probably has enough Iodine. However, a normal dose would still be VERY valuable to help remove bromide, chlorine and flouride from the body through the urine. Also, there is a more precise test that can be administered by medical staff that involves consuming 50 mg dose of Iodine and measuring the amount of Iodine that is retained by the body versus excreted in the urine.
We do not offer recommendations amounts of Iodine to be used for the treatment of various health conditions. Please consult with a licensed medical caregiver, who is knowledgeable about Iodine in that regard.
The Discovery of Magnascent Iodine
Our Iodine starts as a tincture with the Iodine in molecular form — I2. But, after going through our patent pending magnetic field for a long period of time, it converts to its nascent state, which is atoms of Iodine.
The discovery of a consumable form of nascent Iodine is a very recent development. Nascent Iodine is well known in the scientific and medical communities, but not in a consumable form. There are at least three patents in the marketplace which reference using nascent Iodine in various ways, but not as a consumable product. Our patent, now pending, is the first patent for a consumable form of nascent Iodine. These non-consumable forms of nascent Iodine have very short life span and have very limited uses. One process produces nascent Iodine in an electrolytic bath for coating pacemakers, catheters, and other devices that enter the human body. The nascent Iodine is produced in the electrolytic bath and coats the device to completely sterilize it. The other two patents involve producing nascent Iodine for transdermal application by mixing chemicals to produce nascent Iodine. These are very short-lived, as well, in their process. They produce nascent Iodine for application on the skin.
Our product, Magnascent Iodine, is a consumable form of nascent Iodine and is not produced chemically or electrolytically. For this reason, our product has a long shelf life and can be taken internally to provide nascent Iodine to the body. Over 100 years ago, those who worked with Iodine were searching for a method for producing nascent Iodine within the body, and they went to extreme measures to attempt this.
The history of our discovery and the patenting of our process began with a desire to help combat malaria in Southern Africa. In the year 2000, John Brookshire, an aerospace engineer with an passionate interest holistic healing, met a missionary struggling with the devastating effects of malaria and the inability of current treatments to combat malaria. A search of holistic treatments from the 1930’s revealed a type of Iodine used to treat various illnesses, including malaria. The exact formulation of this medicine from the 1930’s appears to have been lost as the parent manufacturing company was bought and sold many times within a few years. A second method for producing this Iodine had been recommended at the time, but was far too costly and time-consuming to be produced in the depression era of the 1930’s.
With current technology and determination, the historical process was refined to produce a revolutionary new product. Through a series of “coincidences” or synchronicity, certain people came together with the right information which led to the discovery and implementation of Magnascent Iodine.
In June of 2005, nascent Iodine was produced for the first time since the 1930’s. The missionary and his family decided to try this Iodine supplement and found it effective against malaria. They had already been using a non-nascent Iodine supplement, an energized Iodine which was effective in helping health situations in Africa. After the first use of this new Iodine in the nascent state, the missionary excitedly reported, “This product is amazing! Just amazing!”. That seemed to be the only word that he could use in describing our product.
The process for the discovery of a consumable form of nascent Iodine was put into a patent application by John Brookshire to insure that this discovery would no longer be lost to mankind, as the process used in the 1930’s had been lost, when the discoverer of that version died without revealing the formulation.
Iodine Deficiency An Under-Recognized Epidemic By David Brownstein, MD
I have been involved in the Iodine project for seven years. During this time, Iodine has consistently provided the most satisfying clinical results as compared to any other nutrient.
To date, my partners and I have tested nearly 5,000 patients for Iodine levels. Our results show that more than 96 percent of patients tested have low Iodine levels with the vast majority being severely Iodine deficient. I believe Iodine deficiency is occurring at an epidemic rate across the United States. The consequences of Iodine deficiency are severe:
- lowered IQ
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- thyroid problems
- and cancer of the breast, prostate, ovaries, thyroid and uterus
Unfortunately, a lot of misinformation exists about Iodine. People are afraid to use Iodine because of unsubstantiated rumors about this nutrient. This article, excerpted in part from my book, Iodine Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, is written to provide the reader with the correct information about Iodine so that the reader can make an educated decision about whether to supplement with this important nutrient.
For more than 100 years, Iodine has been known as the element that is necessary for thyroid hormone production. However, it is rare to see any further mention of Iodine’s other effects. Iodine is found in each of the trillions of cells in the body. Without adequate Iodine levels, life itself is not possible.
Iodine is not only necessary for the production of thyroid hormone, it is also responsible for the production of all of the other hormones of the body. Adequate Iodine levels are necessary for proper immune system function. Iodine contains potent antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral and anticancer properties
Iodine is also effective for treating fibrocystic breasts and ovarian cysts. Table 1 lists some of the many benefits of Iodine and some of the conditions that would benefit from adequate Iodine supplementation.
Approximately 1.5 billion people, about one-third of the earth’s population, live in an area of Iodine deficiency as defined by the World Health Organization. Iodine deficiency disorder can result in mental retardation, goiter, increased child and infant mortality, infertility, and socioeconomic decline.1 Iodine deficiency disorder is the most common preventable form of mental retardation known.
Iodine is a relatively rare element, ranking 62nd in abundance of the elements of the earth. Iodine is primarily found in seawater in very small quantities and solid rocks (usually near the ocean) that form when seawater evaporates. Iodine can also be found in sea organisms, such as seaweed. In fact, seaweed is one of the most abundant sources of Iodine because seaweed has the ability to concentrate a large amount of Iodine from the ocean water.
Iodine is not very abundant in the earth’s crust.2 It is estimated to be about 0.3-0.5 parts per million. In fact, it is in the bottom third of the elements in terms of abundance.2
If the soil has adequate Iodine levels, the crops grown on that soil will contain adequate Iodine levels. Conversely, deficient Iodine levels will be found in crops grown on Iodine-deficient soil.
There are naturally occurring non-radioactive and radioactive forms of Iodine. Radioactive Iodine can be used in medicine to diagnose and treat certain illnesses, particularly illnesses of the thyroid gland.
Commercially available non-radioactive Iodine primarily comes from several sources: Chilean Saltpeter, seaweed, and brine water in oil wells. The action of the waves from the ocean can make Iodine gas. Once airborne, Iodine can combine with water or air and enter the soil. Non-radioactive Iodine can enter our food system in a variety of ways. First, plants can take up Iodine from the soil. Second, airborne Iodine can land on fresh water supplies and, finally, airborne Iodine can land on the ground, combine with salt, and become iodized salt.
Radioactive Iodine can enter the air from reactions in nuclear power plants or explosions of nuclear materials. Radioactive Iodine has been associated with certain types of cancer including thyroid cancer and certain blood cancers. Children are more susceptible to radioactive Iodine since they have smaller thyroid glands, and they will receive a proportionately larger radioactive dose than an adult when they are exposed to radioactive Iodine. Radioactive Iodine damage can be prevented by the ingestion of non-radioactive inorganic Iodine.
TABLE 1. Therapeutic Actions of Iodine and Conditions That Can Benefit From This Crucial Nutrient
- Elevates pH
- Mucolytic Agent
Other Conditions Treated With Iodine
- Breast Diseases
- Dupuytren’s Contracture
- Excess Mucous Production
- Fibrocystic Breasts
- Headaches and Migraine Headaches
- Liver Diseases
- Nephrotic Syndrome
- Ovarian Disease
- Parotid Duct Stones
- Prostate Disorders
- Sebaceous Cysts
- Thyroid Disorders
- Vaginal Infections
How Much Iodine Do You Need?
Now that you can see the body’s needs for Iodine and what happens when Iodine is deficient, the next logical question is, “How much Iodine do I need to take?”
The best way to ascertain how much Iodine you need to take is to figure out the body’s Iodine status. Iodine levels can be checked in the blood, serum or urine. The most accepted test is the urinary test. I believe the best test to measure Iodine levels is the Iodine loading test.
My mentor on Iodine, Dr. Guy Abraham, developed the Iodine loading test... it is done by ingesting 50 mg of Iodine and collecting 24 hours of urine. By measuring the amount of Iodine excreted in the urine, you can ascertain the Iodine status of the body. Our research has shown that healthy people have approximately a 90 percent excretion. Therefore, if they ingested 50 mg of Iodine in 24 hours they will excrete approximately 45 mg and retain 5 mg. The more ill one is, generally the lower the excretion rate. In essence, if one is very ill, their body will be calling for more Iodine and they will excrete less during the loading test. In this case, they will retain a large portion of the loading test and their excretion rate will be lower than 90 percent.
Having an Iodine loading test performed can help guide you in the proper dosing of Iodine. My experience has shown that most adults will do well taking Iodine in the range of 25-50 mg/day. Children need lower doses and can be dosed appropriately based on their size. My experience has shown that a healthy individual taking 50 mg of Iodine/day will achieve Iodine sufficiency in approximately 6 months.
However, 50 mg/day of Iodine in an individual ill with a serious illness such as cancer or an autoimmune disorder may be insufficient to meet their needs. My clinical and laboratory experience has shown that ill individuals generally need more Iodine as compared to healthy individuals. At 25-50 mg/day of Iodine, it may take years for an ill individual to become Iodine sufficient. In these cases, I sometimes recommend increased dosages of Iodine. I do not recommend anyone dose Iodine on their own. The best results are found when working with a holistic health provider who is knowledgeable about Iodine. Furthermore, the best results are found by using Iodine as part of a comprehensive holistic regimen that includes balancing vitamins, minerals, and hormones.
Can you Get Too Much Iodine?
Yes, too much Iodine can be a problem. But, this is rare, resulting from doses greater than 1 gram/day). Such overdosing has been associated with hyperthyroid symptoms. To reach this dosing level you would have to drink several bottles per day of Nascent Iodine.
There is so much misinformation about Iodine. It is important for you, the reader, to do your own research and come up with your own conclusions about Iodine. Once you understand the importance of this vital element, you will understand why it is crucial to ensure adequate Iodine levels in you and your family.
Iodine deficiency is occurring at epidemic rates. I have no doubt that this deficiency is responsible (at least in-part) for the epidemic of cancers of the breast and prostate as well as thyroid disorders. My clinical experience has clearly shown that it is impossible to treat these disorders as well as other chronic illnesses such as autoimmune diseases without ensuring adequate Iodine intake.
Remember, the best results are achieved when working with a skilled health care practitioner who is knowledgeable about Iodine. More information about Iodine can be found in my book, Iodine Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, available here.
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- Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 9th Edition. Williams and Wilkins, 1999.
- Adrasi, E. Iodine concentration in different human brain parts. Analytical and Bioanalytical chemistry. November 13, 2003.t
Magnascent Iodine is a unique, atomic form of Iodine that is rapidly absorbed and used by the body when taken as a nutritional supplement. It is associated with a wide range of benefits, including:
- Supporting thyroid function and regulating metabolism
- Boosting energy levels (when Iodine is deficient)
- Supporting and maintaining detoxification systems and processes
- Supporting immune system function
- Fighting infections (natural antiseptic)
- And many other healthy benefits