Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “What is the difference in the body between sodium iodide and potassium iodide? Do they serve different functions?” — Mary S., Green Bay, WI
A. Dear Mary, While all iodine is utilized in all parts of the body, some specific systems preferentially use certain forms of iodine. For example, potassium iodide provides targeted support for thyroid function, molecular iodine is targeted for breast and prostate, and sodium iodide is the most soluble form of iodine.
When it comes to iodine supplements, I recommend taking one that features multiple forms of iodine blended together for the best results. I recommend taking a 12.5 mg capsule 1-2 times daily.
For more information, I highly recommend reading Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, by Dr. David Brownstein. You can find the book in your local health food store or on his website at www.drbrownstein.com.
Terry . . . Naturally