Are you contemplating if iodine supplements are safe for you and helpful for your medical conditions? Let me help you by telling you some things about iodine.  Most of the information I have here are from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.


Iodine And The Human Body

Iodine is an element that our body needs. However, the body cannot produce iodine itself. Unfortunately, most of the foods we eat do not naturally contain iodine on them. Though, it is very common for most food manufacturers to mix some iodine on their products – see “fortified with iodine” on food labels.

Nevertheless, if you always cook your own food and eat it, it is possible that you will lack the iodine you need if you do not deliberately add iodine to your dishes. Sadly, if you maintain a low iodine diet, you might suffer from iodine deficiency. And that may lead to serious illnesses like goiter, cretinism, and mental retardation.


Iodine Supplements Are Likely Effective For…

These supplements are definitely necessary to maintain the body’s balance.  Of course, people who suffer from iodine deficiency need to supplement.  Moreover, this supplement can alleviate goiter too. On the other hand, consuming supplements is an effective way to protect oneself from too much exposure to radioactive iodides during radiation treatments and emergencies. Iodine can improve the condition of people who are suffering from hyperthyroidism and thyroid disorders.


Iodine Supplements Are Possibly Effective For…

Although there are no conclusive clinical studies, a person can take iodine by mouth to reduce the pain if one is experiencing painful fibrous breast tissues (fibrocystic breast disease). Iodine can also be applied to prevent any swelling and soreness in the mouth that are caused by chemotherapy treatments.  Also, this element is believed to be helpful for foot ulcers due to diabetes.


Supplementing With Iodine Is Not Proven Effective For…

Iodine Plus 2Even if the other skin conditions above can be treated by directly applying iodine, there is no proof that other skin conditions like fungal infections and cutaneous sporotrichosis can be treated with iodine.  As of now, researchers are looking for more conditions that iodine can fix.

Over dosage and too much dependency of iodine is deemed possibly harmful to human health. It is advisable to prevent exceeding the UL (Upper Level Tolerable Limit) of iodine, which is 1,100 micrograms, unless advised by your physician. On the other hand, the UL of iodine for kids aged 1-3 years old, 4-8 years old, 9-13 years old, and adolescents are 200 micrograms, 300 micrograms, 600 micrograms, and 900 micrograms respectively.

Remember too that direct skin contact with iodine can cause allergic reactions, stains, skin irritations, and other unknown side effects. Practice caution whenever you are using treatments that include iodine. Also, do not try to perform experiments with it without adequate skin protection and tools.

Those are the facts I have researched about iodine and its supplements. However, never forget to consult your doctor first before you try it as a therapeutic treatment. If you want to know more information on the internet about iodine supplements, it is a good idea to check out U.S. National Library of Medicine’s website.