Nascent iodine is a supplemental form of iodine. Iodine is an essential mineral that the body requires for normal function. For nearly a century, nascent iodine has been regarded as a more effective form of the mineral than many dietary iodine forms, such as potassium iodide. In fact, most forms of dietary iodine become mere iodide in the digestive tract. This is important to note because iodides are not as easily absorbed and utilized by the body, meaning that iodine-dependent organs and processes may not be adequately supported. This is what makes nascent iodine such a popular form of iodine for supplementation. A defining characteristic of nascent iodine is that it is an atomic form of iodine with an incomplete number of electrons. This gives it an electromagnetic charge. It is also why nascent iodine is sometimes referred to as atomic iodine, monatomic iodine, or atomidine. Some manufacturers mix nascent iodine with other supplements (such as herbs) in the bottle, which would bond when this free form of iodide is exposed to a positively charged ion, such as sodium or potassium, as it would be in a liquid supplement, it will bind with these to form sodium iodide or potassium iodide, basically nullifying its nascent state.
Dr. Jonathon Wright has written many articles about the importance of iodine, see his article attached. In his experience, up to 9 drops of SSKI providing 625mcg per drop, of iodine will not suppress the thyroid. He uses it for hypothyroid, fibrocystic breast disease, recurrent urinary tract infections, purifying contaminated water in third world countries, prevents sinus infection and ovarian cysts. He has observed many hormone tests to see that iodine lowers the carcinogenic metabolites of estrone and 16-alpha hydroxestrone to the neutral form estriol. He has used for contractures such as Dupuytren’s and Peryonie’s disease when used in the early stages. When applied topically combined with DMSO or flaxoil topically can heal peri-anal and recto-vaginal fistulas, acne herpes simplex, sebaceous cysts as well as hemorrhoids. 3-4 drops in water daily dissolves parotid duct stones within 4-8 months. Iodine for COPD loosens bronchial secretions preventing bronchial infections.
Dr. Gabriel Cousens on the uses of Iodine:
The thyroid is only one gland of many glands and tissues that needs iodine. Other glands/organs/systems with high iodine uptake are the breasts, ovaries, cervix, blood, lymph, bones, gastric mucosal, salivary, adrenal, prostate, colon, thymus, lungs, bladder, kidney, and skin. In perspective, the thyroid holds 50 milligrams of iodine, the breasts hold 200 milligrams, the skin holds 400 milligrams of iodine, and the whole body holds 2000 milligrams, and possibly much more. Iodine is found and used in every hormonal receptor in the body.
Dr. Richard Kunin M.D. an expert on iodine recommends taking iodine with omega 3 and 6 essential fast as well as sulfur containing amino acid such as methionine and cysteine, normally found in a serving of animal protein.
With the increasing threat of antibiotic resistance world-wide iodine may be a good substitute to educate your patients about. It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. If you are recommending daily doses of more than 1-2 drops then monitor thyroid function. Iodine stains so watch your clothing when you apply it. Some have an allergy to iodine. Using the Nascent Form of iodine hold an electromagnetic charge which provides an energy release for 2-3 hours after consumed on an empty stomach. It is recommended to be consumed in the morning and before 4pm otherwise it might be too energizing for sleep. Always keep an eye on thyroid blood tests when adding iodine to a patient’s long term health protocol. See attached articles (Uranium, Parkinsons & Iodine) from the Enviromedica website the source of Promedics Nascent Iodine.
1) Iodine prevents heart disease. (perhaps the mechanism is that iodine makes oils and fats more water soluble, lessening artery clogging seen on retinal photomicrographs when combined with niacin “lodo-niacin).
2) Iodine eliminates toxic halogens from the body (including radioactive I-131).
3) Iodine supports apoptosis.
4) Iodine activates hormone receptors and helps prevent certain forms of cancer.
5) Iodine protects ATP function and enhances ATP production.
6) Iodine prevents fibrocystic breast disease.
7) Iodine decreases insulin needs in diabetics.
8) Iodine helps support protein synthesis.
9) Iodine deficiency is a global health threat.
10) Iodine destroys pathogens, molds, fungi, parasites, and malaria.
11) Iodine is needed with the use of cordless phones, cell phones and now smart meters to prevent hypothyroidism.
12) Iodine supports pregnancy (as the fetus undergoes more apoptosis than any other developmental stage).
13) Iodine regulates estrogen production in the ovaries.
14) Iodine is anti-mucolytic (meaning it reduces mucus catarrh).
15) Iodine neutralizes hydroxyl ions and hydrates the cells.
MediHerb Thyroid Support
Rehmania Complex (use this adaptogenic formula in those patients who cannot tolerate the licorice that is found in the Withania Complex), Withania tincture or Withania Complex (in animal studies shows promising thyroid stimulating activity in addition to its adaptogen effects), bladderwack (which contains iodine) and Bacopa Complex (in animal studies has been shown to stimulate thyroid function are the four main herbs to consider for the treatment of low thyroid function. Think of Withania Complex for “tired yet wired” patients and for those who can tolerate licorice. For additional adrenal support consider Rhodiola &Ginseng (for those patients who need an increase in physical as well as mental performance and help with glucose control) and AdrenoCo (for more severe adrenal exhaustion higher dosages of rehmania and licorice).
Ed: I often prefer liquid tinctures so my Female Adrenal tonic contains: withania, rehmania, shativari, astragalus, reishi and siberian ginseng. Alternating these herbs in combination long term has been a favorite for many. Remember that improvements in insulin sensitivity are blunted by subclinical hypothyroidism and these patients will not respond to modifications in diet and exercise until their thyroid function improves.