I’ve heard that iodine is good for fibrocystic breast disease.
Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve heard that iodine is good for fibrocystic breast disease. I currently take the recommended daily value. Is that enough? If not, what would be a good dosage level?” — Aubrey S., Wilmington, NC
A. Dear Aubrey, 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 has a high affinity for glandular tissues like the thyroid, ovaries, prostate, uterus, and breasts. Both sodium iodide and molecular iodine were shown to decrease symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease in clinical studies.
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