Why is Iodine Important?

Iodine is an essential element for every living being. While severe clinical iodine deficiency isn’t as prevalent in the United States as it is in other parts of the world, most of us still need more iodine than we are getting in our diets, so supplementing with iodine is very important.

What Is Iodine?

Iodine is a chemical element that is on the periodic elements chart as I, #53. It was named from the Greek word for violet because of the violet colored vapor it gives off when boiled or when pure iodine crystals are exposed to the air.

Why Is Iodine So Important?

Iodine is essential for thyroid health, metabolism and immunity. Without it, the thyroid gland cannot produce thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Low iodine levels effect endocrine function and metabolic balance, so it is important to make sure we have the iodine we need daily support our thyroid and endocrine systems.

In addition to the essential role that iodine plays in endocrine health, a large percent of the iodine in the body is in other tissue sites. After the thyroid, the next highest concentration of iodine is in breast tissue and is vital for healthy fetal and neonatal development, and the third highest concentrated is in prostate tissues. Iodine is an integral and essential part of healthy DNA integrity (both developmentally before birth, and throughout our lives). 

Iodine also benefits energy levels, boosts immune function, supports cellular health, benefits cardiovascular health, supports healthy skin, and benefits young bodies in developing and growing. Iodine has an important role in heart, liver, breast and prostate health, and so much more. In fact, every cell in the body needs and requires iodine!

Are We Getting the Iodine We Need?

While iodine is an essential mineral for our health, our bodies cannot make it. The only way we can get iodine into our bodies is through our diet and through supplementation. But unless you love to eat seaweed every day, there is very little iodine in most foods, especially with today’s industrial farming techniques that deplete the soil of trace elements, including iodine.

Seaweeds, salt water fish and shellfish are dietary sources of iodine, as are dairy products and eggs, and a few other foods (if the animals themselves have gotten enough iodine via their foods and the plants have been grown in iodine-rich soil).

Iodized salt, with potassium iodide added, is supposed to have enough iodine to help prevent severe iodine deficiency, but potassium iodide, a chemically reduced mineral form of iodine, is not the optimal form of iodine for our bodies. Besides, we have been encouraged to reduce the amount of salt intake in our diets, so most of us have decreased even the tiny amount we would have been getting through our salt intake. Also, when cooking with salt that has been iodized, the iodine that is in it is vaporized and removed by the heat, so we really aren’t getting the iodine support that we think we are getting with iodized salt.

Iodine Enemies

Fluorine, chlorine, and bromine, are iodine antagonizers. These chemicals are in our water and many of our foods. They, especially bromine, (commonly used in our bread products as ‘dough conditioner’, mimic iodine molecules and attach to iodine receptors, depriving our bodies of the iodine we need. To combat them, we need more iodine than our diets can provide.

Radiation Protection with Iodine

You may be aware that potassium iodide is used for protecting the thyroid from damage by radiation exposure. While using potassium iodide may save your life in a radiation-based emergency, as it temporarily blocks the thyroid from absorbing iodine of any kind (including radio isotope-bound iodine) to protect it from radiation, it is the wrong kind of iodine to use to build and maintain healthy iodine levels in the body.

Signs of Needing Iodine Supplementation

If you are experiencing low or fluctuating moods, difficulty losing weight, low energy, brain fog, dry skin, feel sensitive to cold, or have cold hands and feet, you may benefit from supplementing your diet with iodine. Supplementing your diet daily with the right kind of iodine, Nascent Iodine specifically, supports not only your thyroid tissues, but helps with all aspects of health.

Who Should Take Iodine as a Supplement?

Iodine supplementing is recommended for all people of all ages. The most important times are when preparing for and during pregnancy and nursing, (pregnant and nursing women need more than double the daily amount of iodine than they would normally need), and for infants and young children. It’s not possible to overemphasize how important daily iodine supplementation is during these periods of time for the development of a child’s brain function, immune function, central nervous system, and overall health.

USDA recommendations (RDA) in the United States are set only to avert gross clinical goiter in adults (thyroid swelling due to inadequate iodine) and cretinism (congenital mental retardation) in children. These recommended daily allowances do not address our need for increasing our iodine levels in today’s world to obtain and maintain optimal health.

Can You Be Allergic to Iodine?

For those that may be concerned about allergies, it is not possible to be allergic to minerals such as iodine. Allergic reactions that some people have are to proteins, not to minerals. Shellfish allergies are to the proteins in the shellfish, not to the iodine, and reactions to some iodine preparations are to the solutions they are in, not to the iodine, itself.  

About Nascent Iodine

Nascent Iodine by Cedar Bear does not contain other iodides or mineral salts such as potassium. Nascent Iodine is made with natural deep earth sourced iodine using USP grade glycerin and is totally alcohol-free. Nascent Iodine is gentle, non-toxic, and a wonderful addition to your daily health support and for all members of your family, including your pets!

INGREDIENTS: USP grade re-sublimated Iodine (deep earth sourced).

OTHER INGREDIENTS: USP Grade Vegetable Glycerin, Purified Water.

SUGGESTED USE: 6 drops in ½ cup purified water 1 to 2 times a day, or as needed.

BODY SYSTEM: Glandular, General

WARNING: Individuals who have thyroid and/or cardiovascular problems or are on medications should first consult their physician before using Nascent Iodine.

Thyroid Building Programs:

(This program is not to be used by individuals with overactive thyroids. For those on thyroid or cardiovascular medications, consult with physician before doing this program. For pregnant and nursing mothers, see Thyroid Building Programs for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers. For Children, see Iodine and Health Building Program for Children.)

Thyroid Building Program for Most People:

  • Xodine Iodine
  • ThyroBoost
  • Adrenal & Focus Blend
  • Endurance & Metabolism Support
  • For weight loss support, add Metabolism Support Blend

Take 6 drops Nascent Iodine and ¼ tsp each of the formulas with water or juice two times/day, first thing in the morning upon arising, and in the afternoon or early evening. For best results, do not take with food.

Thyroid Building Program for Pregnant Mothers:

  • Nascent Iodine
  • Herbal Minerals Daily
  • Herbal Blood Builder

Take 12 drops Nascent Iodine and ¼ tsp each of the formulas in water or juice two times/day. These Cedar Bear™ products may be used on a daily, ongoing basis.

Thyroid Building Program for Nursing Mothers:

  • Nascent Iodine
  • Herbal Minerals Daily
  • Herbal Blood Builder or Herbal Iron
  • Adrenal & Focus Blend

Take 12 drops Nascent Iodine and ¼ tsp each of the formulas in water or juice two times/day. These Cedar Bear™ products may be used on a daily, ongoing basis.

Iodine & Health Building Program for Children:

  • Nascent Iodine Iodine
  • Herbal Minerals Daily for Kids
  • Herbal Blood Builder for Kids
  • Focus & Attention Blend for Kids

Give child 6 drops Nascent Iodine and 1/8 tsp (1 dropperful) each of the formulas in water or juice two times/day. These Cedar Bear products may be used on a daily, ongoing basis.

Thyroid Building Diet:

Avoid eating cruciferous vegetables raw, as they are goitrogenic (thyroid suppressing) when uncooked. These are: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and brussels sprouts.

  • Avoid soy products.
  • Avoid gluten containing foods.
  • Eat organic as much as possible. Milk, dairy, eggs and meats from organically raised animals have had more trace minerals in their diets, which includes iodine, this is also true of plants.
  • Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables. Include prunes, lima beans and nuts in your diet, as well.
  • Include sea vegetables, fish (especially cod), and shellfish in your diet.

Exercise: Regular exercise will help to strengthen and support your overall health.

*(These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Association. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.)