What is Iodoral? (Thanks to Vitamin Research for this article.)
Iodoral is a dry tablet form of potassium iodide/iodine that delivers elemental iodine, an essential nutrient that your body needs to perform many functions. The blend of iodide and iodine has been clinically shown to be better tolerated and provide the maximum benefit*. Iodine is crucial for thyroid and adrenal health and also supports immune function, a healthy metabolism, estrogen balance in women, breast health, and prostate health*.
Iodine is a trace mineral that your body needs but cannot make. Iodine must come from the diet, which can be a challenge since there is very little iodine in food sources. With the exception of iodized table salt, the most common source of iodine is found in seaweed. Because of this, supplements such as Iodoral are recommended to help ensure your body gets enough iodine on a daily basis*.
Iodine is necessary for making thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine and thyroxine (known as T3 and T4)*. These thyroid hormones are essential for physical and mental development. If an iodine deficiency prevents these hormones from being synthesized, the pituitary gland releases thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which causes your thyroid gland to swell, also known as a goiter.
About 70-80% of your iodine supply is found in the thyroid gland in the neck. The rest is stored throughout your whole body, particularly in the ovaries, muscles, and blood, and even in your skin, teeth, and nails. Every cell uses iodine, which is why it’s important to ensure you’ve got enough. Iodoral works quickly to:
- Promote healthy thyroid function*
- Support weight management efforts*
- Support healthy breasts, ovaries, uterus, and prostate*
- Help normalize metabolism*
- Increase energy and lessen fatigue*
- Assist in the regulation of healthy blood pressure*
- Boost immune function*
- Support a balanced mood*
The History of Iodine
Iodine was first discovered in 1811 by a French chemist, which signaled the “birth” of Western medicine. The use of iodine to reduce the appearance of goiter was the first time a single element was used as a treatment. Iodine became known as the “Universal Medicine.”
Although this documented discovery of iodine came about some 200 years ago, the oldest reports on iodine deficiency, and even goiter, came from China some 5,000 years ago. Authors and painters depicted women with goiters and noted that they ate seaweed as a treatment. Today, we know that seaweed is a concentrated food source of iodine, along with other sea vegetables, yogurt, milk, eggs, strawberries, cheese, fish, and shellfish.
A Surprising Iodine Deficiency
Low iodine levels can lead to thyroid inefficiency, among other health concerns, yet it’s estimated that nearly 95% of Americans are iodine deficient. This is particularly dangerous for women, who develop goiters more frequently than men, because low thyroid hormones can impact ovulation in women and iodine deficiency can impact blood pressure balance, as well as have developmental impacts on fetuses.
Goiter is the most recognized symptom of an iodine deficiency, and not only does it alter appearance, but it can lead to respiratory concerns. However, many other symptoms of inadequate iodine levels are cause for concern as well. These can include:
- Lack of energy and/or fatigue
- Weight gain
- Occasional headaches
- Imbalanced blood pressure
- Difficulty concentrating and/or poor memory
- Skin blemishes
- Mood imbalances
The addition of iodine to salt led to some improvement, but as the awareness of the health hazards of consuming excess salt grew, once again, so did the deficiency. Modern life hasn’t done much to help either; toxic halides such as fluoride and bromide can inhibit the absorption of iodine.
The good news is that high-quality iodine supplements are available to fill the gap, and research shows that most patients with iodine deficiencies respond well to supplementation, noticing a wide range of improvements after beginning an iodine regimen*.
Iodine for Breast and Prostate Health
Clinical research has demonstrated that a sufficient intake of iodine can enhance breast, ovarian, uterine, and prostate health*.
Next to the thyroid, the breasts are the second main site where iodine is stored. The relationship between breast health and iodine levels has been reported on for over 100 years, and findings show that not only does iodine deficiency jeopardize breast tissue cellular health, but it also prevents breast tissue from developing normally.
Studies show that iodine can also help promote prostate health. Collected data demonstrates that men with the highest iodine intakes also had the least risk for prostate concerns*.
Why Buy Iodoral?
Your diet likely does not provide you with sufficient amounts of iodine daily—largely due to the fact that U.S. soils are loaded with chemicals and depleted of minerals. Many of the plastics and cleaning agents—even water—we come in contact with contain fluoride, chlorine, bromine, and other chemicals that minimize the absorption of iodine. Because of the toxicities of our modern world, it’s more important than ever to supplement our bodies with the iodine we’re missing, which Iodoral can provide.
Every cell in your body needs iodine to function properly*. It’s also necessary for the production of all of your body’s hormones*. White blood cells need iodine for optimal immune functioning. Iodine contributes to the formation of normal glandular tissue. It also helps the body detoxify excess, unwanted metals and halides such as mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium, bromine, fluoride, and chlorine*.
With the right amount of iodine in your body, as found in Iodoral, you can:
- Maintain your energy level all day*
- Support your weight management efforts*
- Reduce mental fogginess*
- Enjoy restful sleep each night*
- Enhance temperature tolerance*
- Maintain youthful hair, skin, and nails*
- Normalize your pH, since iodine is an alkalizing agent*
As with any new supplement regimen, seek the advice of your trusted healthcare professional. Be sure to discuss the consumption of iodine if you take antithyroid drugs, lithium, blood pressure medication, potassium sparing diuretics, and Amiodorone. It is highly recommended that one undergo testing for iodine levels before starting on this product.
9133,9134 — 1 tablet per day.
9139,9140 — After testing for deficiency in Iodine, the suggested dosage to achieve whole body sufficiency is 2 Iodoral® tablets in the morning and 2 in the evening. A retest is suggested after 3 months. Once whole body sufficiency is achieved, the Iodoral® maintenance dosage is 1-4 tablets daily. Persons with Thyroid disorders should work closely with their health care professional.
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