How much iodine should I take per day for overall health?
Q. Dear Terry, “I read that many people are deficient in iodine. I don’t eat seafood, so I doubt I get a lot of iodine in my diet. How much iodine should I take per day for overall health?” – Diane P., Minneapolis, MN
A. Dear Diane, Every cell in our body has a receptor site for iodine and over 50% of the population is deficient in this incredibly important mineral. While a lot of the iodine we consume is used in the production of thyroid hormones, iodine has many other benefits to offer. Iodine also has anti-cancer effects, increases metabolism and energy production, can improve focus and concentration, and supports hair, skin, and nails.
Iodine has a high affinity for glandular tissues like the thyroid, ovaries, prostate, uterus, and breasts. Iodine helps to detoxify harmful elements like bromide, fluoride, and chloride from those glandular tissues and elsewhere in the body.
Our minimum daily requirement for iodine is still set far too low – only 150 micrograms (mcg) per day. This may be the amount we need to prevent goiter in the general population, but it is far below the amount we need for optimal health.
Many integrative practitioners, who use therapeutic levels of iodine, recommend anywhere from 6.25 – 12.5 milligrams (mg) per day. Because particular areas of our body prefer different forms of iodine, I believe that a blend of potassium iodide, sodium iodide, and molecular iodine from kelp is best.
Terry . . . Naturally