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Nutrition Basics

IODINE
Mineral Supplements


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  • Iodine Description & Overview
  • Iodine Health Benefits, Uses & Scientific Evidence
  • Iodine Dietary Sources
  • Iodine Dosage Information
  • Iodine Safety, Cautions & Interactions
  • Iodine Supplement Products




  • Iodine Element - Image Courtesy of Periodictable.com


    IODINE DESCRIPTION

    OVERVIEW

    Iodine is a trace mineral found rocks, certain types of soil, and seawater. It is also found in sea fish, shellfish, seaweed, algae, and in cereals and grains where the iodine in the soil is plentiful. Iodized salt though, is the most common source of Iodine in the diet. Iodine functions in the synthesis of the thyroid hormone, thyroxin, which is necessary for the regulation of growth and energy metabolism. Inadequate Iodine intake can result in hypothyroidism which can cause low energy levels and weight gain.

    Iodine is an essential trace element that is vital for normal growth and development. Around sixty percent of the iodine in the human body is stored in the thyroid gland. The health benefits of iodine play an important role in the normal functioning of the thyroid gland, which secretes thyroid hormones that control the base metabolic rate of the body. In fact, without iodine, thyroid hormones could not even be synthesized.

    Iodine controls the functioning of thyroid glands in human body, which in turn has a significant influence on the metabolic processes in the body. The health benefits of iodine help in the optimal utilization of calories, thereby preventing its storage as excess fat. Other benefits of iodine are the removal of toxins from the body and assistance for the system in utilizing various minerals, like calcium and silicon.





    IODINE HEALTH BENEFITS, USES & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    HEALTH BENEFITS OF IODINE

    Iodine is required to ensure proper development and metabolism in humans. Some of its specific health benefits include:

    METABOLIC RATE: Iodine influences the functioning of thyroid glands by assisting in the production of hormones, which are directly responsible for controlling the body's base metabolic rate. Metabolic rate affects the efficiency and efficacy of many of the body's organ system and regular processes, including absorption of food, sleep cycles, and the transformation of food into usable energy.

    Certain hormones, like thyroxin and triodothyronine, influence heart rate, blood pressure, body weight and temperature. The body maintains the BMR (Basic Metabolic Rate) with the help of these hormones, which also helps in protein synthesis. Ensuring their normal creation and distribution in the body is key to maintaining health, so maintaining the thyroid gland which they come from is essential.

    ENERGY LEVELS: Iodine also plays an important role in maintaining optimal energy levels of the body by ensuring the efficient utilization of calories, without allowing them to be deposited as excess fats.

    HEALTHY NAILS, HAIR & TEETH: The health benefits of iodine include the formation of healthy and shiny skin, teeth and hair. Iodine is an important element for hair care, as a lack of this mineral can result in hair loss. Moreover, it also speeds up hair growth and increases follicle strength.

    REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM: Iodine helps in the normal growth and maturity of reproductive organs. A sufficient quantity of iodine in pregnant women is essential to prevent stillbirths or neurocognitive conditions like cretinism in the newborn babies. It can also lead to gestational hypertension, which can result in a number of complications during infancy. Iodine also ensures proper movement and growth, along with speech and hearing abilities. Furthermore, besides affecting the health of the baby once it is conceived, a deficiency in iodine can actually make a woman infertile.

    One problem that many pregnant women face is not realizing that they must consume iodine for herself and her child, because iodine passes into breast milk and a great deal is lost every day. Studies show that a pregnant or nursing woman can actually lose more than her entire required dose of iodine every day, which can result in serious iodine deficiency for her, even after pregnancy and breastfeeding is over, due to the changes in activity of her hormonal glands.

    IMMUNE SYSTEM STRENGTH: Most people focus on the thyroid gland implications of iodine, but it has other functions, including being a major booster of the immune system. Iodine is itself a scavenger of free hydroxyl radicals, and that, like vitamin-C, it also stimulates and increases the activity of antioxidants throughout the body to provide a strong defensive measure against various diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Some studies showed iodine directly protecting brain cells of rats from the harmful effects of free radicals by bonding to fatty acids in the cell membranes, leaving less room for free radicals to affect the organism.

    HYPOTHYROIDISM: This condition is characterized by an under-active thyroid gland, and results in the general slowing down of all bodily processes as the chemical balance in your body goes off track. One of the most common results of hypothyroidism is a large increase in weight, because your body simply doesn't burn off the calories of food and turn it into useful energy. Although hypothyroidism can occur for a number of reasons, not just iodine deficiency, it is still a good idea to increase your intake of iodine and stimulate the hormonal activity that will help you lose the weight and body fat that is so common to hypothyroid patients. Some other effects of hypothyroidism are fatigue, dry skin, trouble concentrating, constipation, cramps, and leg swelling. If not treated, it can even result in more serious conditions like heart failure or a coma.

    FIBROCYSTIC DISEASE: Iodine can significantly reduce conditions like fibrosis, turgidity, and breast tenderness. Iodine acts as a relief for fibrocystic diseases and is widely used in therapies, both alternative and modern. Studies have shown a significant correspondence between molecular iodine and a reduction in the signs and symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease.

    CANCER PREVENTION: Probably the most important health benefit of iodine apart from its thyroidal influence is its anti-carcinogenic properties. Studies have shown that cancer cells shrink after being injected with iodine, and at times, they even undergo apoptosis (automatic cell death) and are then replaced with healthier cells. The exact mechanism of this process is still unknown, but studies have found this positive connection, particularly in terms of iodine’s effects on inducing apoptosis in breast cancer carcinoma cells.

    In terms of thyroid cancer, iodine is essential in preventing this extremely dangerous form of cancer. Studies have shown that Thyroid cancer patients consistently show an improvement in symptoms after increasing their levels of iodine intake, and the appearance of thyroid cancer is far more common in people who suffer from iodine deficiency. Basically, iodine is a preventative measure and a cure of sorts for thyroid cancer.

    IODINE PROGRAMMED CELL DEATH: Iodine ensures the apoptosis or the programmed cell death which is essential in the formation of new organs as well as in the removal of malignant cells like cancer cells or diseased cells, which might prove harmful to the individual. This function is mainly derived from its activities on the thyroid gland and subsequent hormonal secretion and regulation from the thyroid gland. However, without iodine, vital processes like these could never occur.

    IODINE & TOXIC CHEMICAL REMOVAL: Iodine removes toxic chemicals from the body. Iodine can flush out chemical toxins like fluoride, lead, mercury, and biological toxins. The role of this "extrathyroidal iodine" that does other work throughout the body is very important. It has certain antibacterial qualities, particularly against Heliobacter pylori, which is a dangerous bacterial infection of the stomach, more commonly called H. Pylori, which has been connected with causing gastric cancer.

    THYROID & GOITER DISORDERS: Iodine deficiency is widely recognized as the basic cause of Goiter. You should add eggs, salt, sea food, and dairy products to your diet to avoid iodine deficiency, and also, this often works as a cure for an enlarged thyroid gland.

    Iodine in Seafish

    IODINE USES & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    Through scientific studies, the relationship between the proper Iodine intake and normal thyroid function has been well established; however, it is unlikely that Iodine supplements can enhance weight loss or boost energy levels, except in cases of Iodine deficiency. Consuming the proper amount of Iodine in the diet will produce the thyroid hormones necessary for cell growth and metabolism.

    Concentrated primarily in the thyroid gland, Iodine is a potent trace mineral that plays an important role in many of the body's biological functions. In fact, Iodine is so vital to a person's overall health that in the 1920s U.S. governmental health officials recommended it be added to table salt.

    The health ruling was a strategy to ensure that an iodine deficiency did not develop in the American diet. Today, iodine deficiency has been virtually eliminated in the United States. Unfortunately, about 1.6 billion people are still plagued by a variety of disorders caused by a lack of this mineral in their diets. These are found mainly in underdeveloped countries.

    Iodine is only needed in trace amounts. The primary function of Iodine is to keep the thyroid gland healthy and capable of manufacturing thyroxine, a vital hormone needed throughout the body. This hormone helps to regulate metabolism (how quickly and efficiently calories are burned). It helps to metabolize excess fat, break down proteins, and is important for physical and mental development in children. It is needed for the prevention of goiter, which is an enlargement of the thyroid gland located in the neck. Certain parts of the country have little or no iodine in the soil and isolated agrarian cultural groups who refrained from using iodinized salt and cattle feed were subject to this disorder.

    Iodine in Shellfish


    IODINE DEFICIENCY

    Iodine Deficiency, which results in too little thyroxine, can have serious effects on the body. Iodine deficency in children may result in mental retardation. In addition, iodine deficiency has been linked to breast cancer and is associated with neonatal hypothyroidism (cretinism), and weight gain. Symptoms of insufficient Iodine include fatigue, dry skin, an increase in blood fats, a hoarse throat, delayed reflexes, and reduced metal clarity. Other symptoms include frustration, depression, mental retardation, poor perception levels, goiter, abnormal weight gain, decreased fertility, coarse skin, increased still birth rates in pregnant mothers, and constipation. In severe cases, mental retardation associated with diseases such as cretinism, characterized by serious physical malformations, can be the result. According to WHO reports, iodine deficiency is one of the leading causes of mental retardation all over the world.

    As much as 75 percent of the body's Iodine is stored in the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland in the front of the throat; the rest is distributed throughout the body. If a person is iodine-deficient, a goiter (a large growth at the base of the neck) may develop as the thyroid works overtime trying to make enough thyroxine hormone for the body to function normally. Interestingly, in rare cases, taking an excessive amount of iodine will enlarge the gland and cause a goiter as well.

    Recently, international-aid researchers reported the pooled results of 10 studies carried out in countries where iodine-deficiency disorders are common. They found multiple consequences of inadequate iodine in children, including impaired motor skills, diminished muscle strength and coordination, poor manual dexterity, and other problems.

    EXCESSIVE IODINE INTAKE

    Excessive iodine intake (sometimes as little as 750 mcg daily) may inhibit the secretion of thyroid hormone and can produce a metallic taste and sores in the mouth, swollen salivary glands, diarrhea, and vomiting.

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    Iodine in Yogurt


    DIETARY SOURCES OF IODINE

    Dietary sources of Iodine are plentiful. For most Americans, a deficiency in Iodine is not a risk. It is somewhat rare for iodine deficiency to occur in North America, as many food items are either grown in iodine-rich soil, or they contain salt, which is often iodized in western nations. However, some countries do not iodize their salt and cultures that grow crops and livestock at a distance from coastal waters are less likely to have iodine-rich soil, so they must consider that in their diet.

    FOOD SOURCES

    Iodine is present in large quantities in both marine plants and animals, including shellfish, deep-water whitefish, and brown seaweed kelp, which can absorb iodine from sea water. Be sure to include abundant quantities of canned sardines, canned tuna, lobster, oyster, clams, cod, haddock, halibut, herring perch, salmon, sea bass, and shrimp in your monthly diet. Dulse, Kelp, and seaweed also contain dietary iodine. Garlic, lima beans, Swiss chard, summer squash, sesame seeds, soybeans, turnip greens and spinach are rich in iodine as well. Iodized salt is another important source of iodine, and bakers regularly add iodine to bread dough as a stabilizing agent.

    Iodized Salt: The body needs 100 to 200 mcg of iodine per day, and 1/4 teaspoon of iodized salt contains approximately 95 mcg of iodine, so you can see why nations with access to iodized salt are far less likely to suffer from iodine deficiency. One teaspoon of iodized salt contains more than 300 mcg of iodine, so it is not difficult to obtain or exceed the small amount needed to meet the daily requirement. The RDA for Iodine is 150 mcg a day for adults. Sea salt provides nature's own balance of nutrients.

    Sea Foods: Foods that are high in Iodine include seafood, saltwater fish, seaweed and Kelp (seaweed and kelp contain very high amounts of iodine). A quarter cup of Kelp contains 415 mcg or Iodine, so only a relatively small amount is needed to add to your favorite recipes to get what you need. Fish may have Iodine, but the amount varies, depending on where the fish comes from based on the feeding grounds. Seafish and shellfish in the sea have about 800 mcg per 2.2 lbs (kg).

    Vegetables: Iodine may also be found in asparagus, dulse, garlic, Lima beans, mushrooms, sesame seeds, soybeans, spinach (see comments below), summer squash, Swiss chard, and turnip greens.

    Dairy Products: Other sources of Iodine include dairy products made from milk produced by cows grazing in coastal soil (or fed Iodine-supplemented feed and salt licks), as well as fruits and vegetables grown in coastal soil. Yogurt makes a refreshing and healthy desert. Low-fat yogurt is the second best choice for dietary Iodine. It contains 87 mcg in just one cup. This is half or the RDA for adults and can be eaten plain, mixed with fruit, added into a salad dressing, or as a part of other delicious recipes. One cup of 2-percent milk gives you a third of your daily requirement of Iodine. It provides 58 mcg. A boiled egg has 24 mcg of Iodine. One ounce of part-skim, shredded mozzerella cheese adds 10 mcg of Iodine to any salad, vegetables or pasta.

    Strawberries: Strawberries are delicious any time of the year. One cup of strawberries has 13 mcg of Iodine. You could eat 10 cups to get your daily requirement, but more realistically, you can add them to your yogurt, in a salad with hard boiled eggs, or whipped up in a strawberry milkshake, for example.

    Commercial Baked Foods: Commercially prepared baked goods, such as cakes and breads, frequently contain dough conditioners that have Iodine. Most salty, high-sodium processed snack foods, however, contain very little Iodized salt and almost no Iodine.

    Dietary Supplements: The trace mineral is also found in most multivitamin and multimineral supplements. Concentrated Sea Kelp tablets are another potent source of Iodine.





    Iodine in Strawberries


    IODINE DOSAGE INFORMATION

    Iodine are most often used as a "thyroid support" nutrient for those with problems of the thyroid.

    It is best to consult with your health care provide if you need an Iodine supplement for the treatment of your condition, but for most people, Iodine supplements are not necessary if you are eating a varied and balanced diet. The average amount of Iodine intake for an adult is 0.14 mg a day.

    Top 10 foods containing iodine (and iodine concentration/100g of that food)
      1. Kelp: 1 mg (1000 mcg)
      2. Purple Alga (dry): 1800 mcg
      3. Spinach: 164 mcg
      4. Parsley: 160 mcg
      5. Sea Fish: 80 mcg
      6. Sea Salt: 2 mcg
      7. Plants: 14 mcg
      8. Salt with Iodine: 7600 mcg
      9. Chinese cabbage: 9.8 mcg
      10. Egg: 9.7 mcg

    Notice: Do not eat too much iodine. It may change or increase the burden on thyroid function. With children, the largest amount of iodine is 800 mcg/day and 1000 mcg/day with adults. Iodine content standard from 14 years old to maturity is 150 mcg/day. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should add more 50 mcg/day.

    IODINE SUPPLEMENTS

    Iodine is often found in over-the-counter (OTC) dietary supplements (read your labels), especially senior formulations for adults over 50 years of age. One prescription nutritional supplement includes Lugol's Solution, also known generically as Strong Iodine.



    LUGOL'S IODINE / STRONG IODINE

    Lugol's Iodine, also known as Lugol's solution, first made in 1829, is a solution of elemental iodine and potassium iodide in water, named after the French physician J.G.A. Lugol. Lugol's iodine solution is often used as an antiseptic and disinfectant, for emergency disinfection of drinking water, and as a reagent for starch detection in routine laboratory and medical tests. These uses are possible since the solution is a source of effectively free elemental iodine, which is readily generated from the equilibration between elemental iodine molecules and triiodide ion in the solution. It has been used more rarely to replenish iodine deficiency. However, pure potassium iodide, containing the relatively benign iodide ion without the more toxic elemental iodine, is strongly preferred for this purpose. Likewise, in the Chernobyl disaster some Lugol's solution was used as an emergency source of iodide to block radioactive iodine uptake, simply because it was widely available as a drinking water decontaminant, and pure potassium iodide without iodine (the preferred agent) was not available.

    lugol's iodine solution


    Brand Name(s): Lugol's Solution, Strong Iodine (generic)
    Drug Class: Thyroid agent
    Available Over the Counter?: No
    Available Generic?: Yes
    Available In Oral solution


    Why Prescribed: To treat an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism); to treat iodine deficiency; to prepare for thyroid surgery.
    How It Works: Strong iodine blocks production and release of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.
    Range and Frequency: For overactive thyroid gland, adults and children over age 10: 1 ml, 3 times a day. To prepare for thyroid surgery: 0.1 ml, 3 times a day for 10 to 14 days.
    Onset of Effect: Unknown.
    Duration of Action: Unknown.
    Dietary Advice: Take with a glass of fruit juice, milk, or broth to minimize stomach upset. Drink all of the liquid to get the full dose of the medicine.
    Storage: Keep the solution refrigerated, but do not allow it to freeze.
    Missed Dose: Take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosage schedule. Do not double the next dose.
    Stopping the Drug: The decision to stop taking the drug should be made by your health care provider.
    Prolonged Use: It is necessary to see your health care provider regularly to check the progress of treatment when taking strong iodine for a prolonged period.
    Over 60: While no specific studies of the use of strong iodine in older persons have been done, no special problems or side effects are expected in older patients.
    Driving and Hazardous Work: Use of strong iodine should not impair your ability to perform such tasks safely.
    Alcohol: No special precautions are necessary.
    Pregnancy: Iodine can cross the placenta and cause thyroid problems or goiter in the fetus. Before you take strong iodine, tell your health care provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you are pregnant and on this medication, tell your midwife.
    Breast Feeding: Strong iodine passes into breast milk; avoid or discontinue use while nursing.
    Infants and Children: The use and dose of strong iodine in an infant or a child must be determined by your child's health care provider.
    Special Concerns: Take the oral solution by mouth even if it comes in a dropper bottle. Do not use the medicine if the solution turns reddish brown. If crystals form in the solution, they can be dissolved by warming the closed container in warm water and then shaking the container gently. Take the liquid through a straw to lessen tooth discoloration. If stomach upset continues, consult your health care provider.
    Overdose Symptoms: Gastrointestinal pain and diarrhea, sometimes bloody; loss of consciousness.
    What to Do If You Overdose: Call your health care provider, emergency medical services (EMS), or the nearest poison control center immediately.
    Drug Interactions: Other drugs may interact with strong iodine. Consult your health care provider for specific advice if you are taking amiloride, spironolactone, triamterene, other thyroid agents, or lithium.
    Food Interactions: This medicine contains potassium. Consult your health care provider if you are on a low-potassium diet.
    Disease Interactions: Caution is advised when taking strong iodine. Consult your health care provider if you have any of the following: bronchitis or another lung condition, kidney disease, or hyperkalemia (excess potassium in the blood).
    Side effects: Serious - Fever, swollen glands, rash, joint pain. Call your health care provider immediately. Common - Nausea, metallic taste. Less Common - Fever, headache, inflamed salivary glands, runny nose, stained teeth, swelling around eyes, warm and reddened skin, pinkeye, stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea, sores on mucous membranes.

    LUGOL'S FORMULA & MANUFACTURE

    Lugol's solution is available in different potencies of 1%, 2%, or 5% iodine. The 5% solution consists of 5% (wt/v) iodine (I2) and 10% (wt/v) potassium iodide (KI) mixed in distilled water and has a total iodine content of 126.5 mg/mL. Potassium iodide renders the elementary iodine soluble in water through the formation of the triiodide (I-3) ion. It is not to be confused with tincture of iodine solutions, which consist of elemental iodine, and iodide salts dissolved in water and alcohol. Lugol's solution contains no alcohol.

    Other names for Lugol's solution are I2KI (iodine-potassium iodide); Markodine, Strong solution (Systemic); and Aqueous Iodine Solution BCP. Lugol's is obtained over the counter from drug stores or health food stores. This indicator, also called a stain, is used in many different fields.

    LUGOL'S APPLICATIONS

    As a mordant when performing a Gram stain. It is applied for 1 minute after staining with crystal violet, but before ethanol to ensure that gram positive organisms' peptidoglycan remains stained, easily identifying it as a gram positive in microscopy. This solution is used as an indicator test for the presence of starches in organic compounds, with which it reacts by turning a dark-blue / black. Elemental iodine solutions like Lugol's will stain starches due to iodine's interaction with the coil structure of the polysaccharide. Starches include the plant starches amylose and amylopectin and glycogen in animal cells. Lugol's solution will not detect simple sugars such as glucose or fructose. In the pathologic condition amyloidosis, amyloid deposits (i.e., deposits that stain like starch, but are not) can be so abundant that affected organs will also stain grossly positive for the Lugol reaction for starch. It can be used as a cell stain, making the cell nuclei more visible and for preserving phytoplankton samples.

    During colposcopy, Lugol's iodine is applied to the vagina and cervix. Normal vaginal tissue stains brown due to its high glycogen content, while tissue suspicious for cancer does not stain, and thus appears pale compared to the surrounding tissue. Biopsy of suspicious tissue can then be performed. This is called a Schiller's test.

    Lugol's iodine may also be used to better visualize the mucogingival junction in the mouth. Similar to the method of staining mentioned above regarding a colposcopy, alveolar mucosa has a high glycogen content that gives a positive iodine reaction vs. the keratinized gingiva.

    Lugol's solution can also be used in various experiments to observe how a cell membrane uses osmosis and diffusion.

    Lugol's iodine may also be used as an oxidizing germicide, however it is somewhat undesirable in that it may lead to scarring and discolors the skin temporarily. One way to avoid this problem is by using a solution of 70% ethanol to wash off the iodine later.

    Lugol's solution is also used in the marine aquarium industry. Lugol's solution provides a strong source of free iodine and iodide to reef inhabitants and macroalgae. Although the solution is thought to be effective when used with stony corals, systems containing xenia and soft corals are assumed to be particularly benefited by the use of Lugol's solution. Used as a dip for stony and soft or leather corals, Lugol's may help rid the animals of unwanted parasites and harmful bacteria. The solution is thought to foster improved coloration and possibly prevent bleaching of corals due to changes in light intensity, and to enhance coral polyp expansion. The blue colors of Acropora spp. are thought to be intensified by the use of potassium iodide. Specially packaged supplements of the product intended for aquarium use can be purchased at specialty stores and online.

    Preoperative administration of Lugol's solution decreases intraoperative blood loss during thyroidectomy in patients with Grave's disease. However, it appears ineffective in patients who are already euthyroid on anti-thyroid drugs and levothyroxine.

    HISTORICAL APPLICATIONS

    Lugol's was often used in the treatment of gout. It was also used at one time as a first line treatment for hyperthyroidism, as the administration of pharmacologic amounts of iodine leads to temporary inhibition of iodine organification in the thyroid gland, a phenomenon called the Wolff-Chaikoff effect. However it is not used to treat certain autoimmune causes of thyroid disease as iodine-induced blockade of iodine organification may result in hypothyroidism. They are not considered as a first line therapy because of possible induction of resistant hyperthyroidism but may be considered as an adjuvant therapy when used together with other hyperthyrodism medications.

    Because of its wide availability as a drinking-water decontaminant, and high content of potassium iodide, emergency use of it was at first recommended to the Polish government in 1986, after the Chernobyl disaster to replace and block any intake of radioactive 131-I, even though it was known to be a non-optimal agent, due to its somewhat toxic free-iodine content. Other sources state that pure potassium iodide solution in water (SSKI) was eventually used for most of the thyroid protection after this accident. There is strong scientific evidence for potassium iodide thyroid protection to help prevent thyroid cancer. Potassium iodide does not provide immediate protection but can be a component of a general strategy in a radiation emergency.

    Historically, Lugol's iodine solution has been widely available and used for a number of health problems with some precautions. Lugol's is sometimes prescribed in a variety of alternative medical treatments. Until 2007, in the United States of America, Lugol's solution was unregulated and available over the counter as a general reagent, an antiseptic, a preservative, or as a medicament for human or veterinary application. However, effective August 1, 2007, the DEA now regulates Lugol's solution (and, in fact, all iodine solutions containing greater than 2.2% iodine) as a List I precursor because it may potentially be used in the illicit production of methamphetamine. However, transactions of up to one fluid ounce (30 ml) of Lugol's solution are exempt from this regulation. By contrast, Lugol's iodine solution is available over the counter in Canada and Mexico. Lugol's Solution is available through Amazon.com: See Iodine Supplement Products for available supplemental iodine through our merchants.

    TOXICITY

    Because it contains free iodine, Lugol's solution at 2% or 5% concentration without dilution is irritating and destructive to mucosa, such as the lining of the esophagus and stomach. Doses of 10 mL of 5% solution have been reported to cause gastric lesions when used in endoscopy. The lethal dose of free iodine for an adult human of 2 to 3 grams (2000 to 3000 mg) free iodine represents 40 to 60 mL (less than 2 fluid ounces) of 5% Lugol's solution.





    IODINE SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS

    GENERAL INTERACTIONS

    Combining iodine with such anti-thyroid drugs as methimazole and propylthiouracil may lessen the effect of these medications.
    Do not take iodine at the same time as the anti-manic agent lithium; adverse interactions may occur.
    Consuming large amounts of kelp, which contains iodine, may decrease the effectiveness of anti-thyroid agents.

    IODINE & DRUG INTERACTIONS

  • Methimazole: Iodine supplements may decrease the effectiveness of methimazole.
  • Propylthiouracil: Iodine supplements may decrease the effectiveness of propylthiouracil.


  • IODINE SAFETY CAUTIONS

    Iodine overdose of more than 2,000 mg could be dangerous, especially in people suffering from kidney ailments or tuberculosis. When taken in excess, iodine could result in thyroid papillary cancer, rather than helping to prevent it. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should be cautious not to take iodine except in specifically prescribed doses. A healthy balance is required, but different people’s bodies will react differently to dose amounts, so be careful and observant.

  • Taking high doses of Iodine for long periods of time could change the way your thyroid gland works and can lead to a wide range of symptoms, such as weight gain.

  • Do not take any iodine supplement unless your health care provider specifically prescribes it.

  • Some foods block the uptake of iodine into the thyroid gland when eaten raw in large amounts. These include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, peaches, pears, spinach, and turnips. If you have an underactive thyroid, you should limit your consumption of these foods.

  • Most cases of thyroid underactivity (hypothyroidism) are not caused by iodine deficiency. If you think you have an underactive thyroid, see your health care provider for testing. Make sure they do a full Thyroid Screening Panel including antibody testing (for autoimmune hypothyroidism). Taking iodine-containing supplements like kelp may not help an underactive thyroid.

  • Do not depend on salted snacks as an iodine source; many, including pretzels and chips, are not made with iodized salt. And check the label to be sure that any sea salt you buy is iodized; many brands are not and thus are not an adequate source of iodine. On the other hand, recent reports from Hong Kong indicate that many children were overdosing on iodine because of the popularity of roasted seaweed snacks; certain brands contain extremely high levels of the mineral.





  • Iodine in Kelp Seaweed


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    IODINE SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    Iodine is a trace mineral found rocks, certain types of soil, and seawater. It is also found in sea fish, shellfish, seaweed, algae, and in cereals and grains where the iodine in the soil is plentiful. Iodized salt though, is the most common source of Iodine in the diet. Iodine's primary role is to keep the thyroid gland healthy and manufacturing sufficient thyroxine, a hormone that is needed throughout the body and is necessary in the regulation of growth and energy metabolism. About 50 to 60 percent of the body's iodine is stored in the thyroid gland, the rest is distributed throughout the body, especially in ovaries, breast and prostate tissue, muscles, and blood. Iodine plays an important role in many of the body's functions. Thyroid hormones control proper body metabolism that can influence energy production and body temperature. Thyroid function influences the adrenal glands, reproduction, nerve and muscle function, cellular oxygen use, the health of hair, skin, and bones and the breakdown of fats and proteins. Women require higher iodine amounts during periods of puberty and pregnancy. Inadequate Iodine intake can result in hypothyroidism which can cause low energy levels and weight gain. Insufficient iodine can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, dry skin, increased blood fats, brain fog, bowel irregularity, hoarseness, and delayed reflexes. Iodine is a very effective heavy metal detoxifer of mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum and bromide. The average amount of Iodine intake for an adult is 0.14 mg (140 mcg) a day. Iodine has been maligned in mainstream medicine over the last 100 years to the degree that the current suggested RDA will barely keep a Goiter at bay. According to the latest research, the RDA of 150 micrograms is woefully inadequate. Doses of 225 mcg to 5 or more milligrams per day are now being recommended.

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Seaweeds and Sea Vegetables, Bulk Certified Organic & Wild Harvested Products
    Seaweeds harvested from the abundant depths of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Seaweeds or Sea Vegetables offer a tremendous range of therapeutic possibilities both as a medicine and within cosmetics. A little dried seaweed each day in food provides a simple and economical way for people to enjoy the numerous benefits Seaweed provides, and they may be found in many salt scrubs, bath salts, and creams. Mountain Rose Herbs works directly with several harvesters on both the Pacific Coast and the Atlantic Coast who gather our seaweed by hand, and a strict emphasis is always placed on the sound and sustainable harvesting of this precious ocean resource.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Kelp Powder (Ascophyllum nodosum), Certified Organic, Bulk Seaweeds & Sea Vegetables
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Kelp Capsules, Certified Organic, 575 mg, 100 Caps, Single Herbal Capsules
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Thyroid Support Capsules, Gaia Herbs, 1350 mg, 60 Caps
    The health of the thyroid gland impacts how you feel on a daily basis. Because it helps regulate metabolism, every major system in the body is affected by altered levels of thyroid hormones. Gaia Herbs’ unique formula supports normal thyroid hormone production, helping you maintain optimal weight, neuromuscular tone, and cardiovascular health. Not for long-term use. Contains: L-Tyrosine, Coleus Root (Coleus forskholii), Ashwagandha Root (Withania somnifera), Schisandra Berry (Schisandra chinensis), Kelp Fronds (Laminaria digitata), Bladderwrack Fronds (Fucus vesiculosus), Vegetable Glycerin, Soy Lecithin, Vegetable cellulose (capsule). Each capsule contains the equivalent of 1350 mg. crude herb. 60 capsules per bottle.


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Kelp Capsules (Ascophyllum nodosum), Organic, 500 mg, 100 Caps
    Starwest Botanicals: Kelp Capsules (Ascophyllum nodosum), Organic, 500 mg, 500 Caps
    Starwest Botanicals: Kelp Granules (Ascophyllum nodosum), Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Kelp Powder (Ascophyllum nodosum), Organic, 1 lb.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    Topical First Aid Skin Care

    HerbsPro: Iodine Tincture USP 2%, First Aid Topical Solution, Sunmark, 1 fl. oz. (97789)
    External use only to help prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns. This is not a dietary supplement but a first aid product.
    HerbsPro: Iodides Tincture, Decolorized Iodine, Sunmark, 2 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Povidone-Iodine 10% Topical Solution, First Aid Antiseptic, Sunmark, 8 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Povidone-Iodine 10% Topical Solution, First Aid Antiseptic, Sunmark, 16 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Iodine Cream, Natural Sport, 4 oz.


    Liquid Dietary Supplements

    HerbsPro: Thyadine, Rich Bio-Available Iodine, Normal Thyroid Support, Natural Balance, 0.5 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Nascent Colloidal Iodine, Heritage Products, 246 mcg, 1 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Iodine Concentrate, Eldon Ionic Minerals, 2 fl. oz. (81086)
    HerbsPro: Atomidine Water Soluble Iodine Compound Liquid, Heritage Products, 2 fl. oz. (15575)
    HerbsPro: Liquid Iodine Plus Liquid Drops (Iodine & Potassium Iodide), Life-Flo, 150 mcg, 2 fl. oz. (83734)
    HerbsPro: Liquid Iodine Plus, Alivia, 2 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Liquid Potassium Iodide, Iodine Supplement, World Organics. 2 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Kelp Iodine Liquid Supplement, World Organics, 150 mcg, 2 fl. oz. (20236)
    HerbsPro: Liquid Ionic Iodine From Potassium Iodide, Trace Minerals, 2 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Sea Adine, Heritage Products, 2 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Iodine, Eldon Ionic Minerals, 150 mcg / tablespoon, 19 oz.


    Tablet & Capsule Supplements

    HerbsPro: Thyroset Dietary Supplement, L-Tyrosine Enhanced, Natural Iodine, North American Herb & Spice, 90 Caps
    HerbsPro: Kelp Iodine, Natures Blend, 150 mcg, 200 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Potassium Plus Iodine (Potassium Iodide), Now Foods, 99 mg / 225 mcg, 180 Tabs (68620)
    HerbsPro: Sea-Iodine, Life Extension, 1000 mcg, 60 VCaps (91904)
    HerbsPro: Sea Iodine, Sea Plant Extracts, Life Extension, 1000 mcg, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Vitamin D-3 With Sea Iodine, Iodine With Sea Plant Complex, Life Extension, 5000 IU, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Vitamin D & K With Sea-Iodine, Life Extension, 60 Caps (109038)
    HerbsPro: Vitamin D-3 With Sea-Iodine, Life Extension, 60 Caps (109039)
    HerbsPro: Vitamin D-3 With Sea-Iodine, Life Extension, 5000 IU, 60 VCaps (91957)


    Seaweed Supplements

    HerbsPro: Seaweed Supreme, Maxihealth Research, 60 Caps
    Natural Seaweed formula. Maxi Health Research has developed a unique formula providing two vital nutrient rich foods, Nori Yaki Seaweed and Kelp, which are found in the sea and combined them into one powerful complex. Sea vegetables are rich in minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, iodine, manganese, chromium and more, at levels much greater than those found in land vegetables. Sea veggies also provide vitamins, fiber, enzymes, and high quality protein.
    HerbsPro: Bladderwrack Whole Herb, Iodine Source, Natures Way, 580 mg, 100 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Kelp, Natural Iodine Source, Natures Way, 100 Caps
    HerbsPro: Kelp, Natural Iodine Source, Natures Way, 660 mg, 180 Caps
    HerbsPro: Kelp, Now Foods, 150 mcg Natural Iodine, 200 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Kelp, Natural Iodine Source, Thompson. 225 mcg, 200 Tabs
    HerbsPro: North Atlantic Kelp Tablets, Natural Iodine Source, Solgar, 250 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Norwegian Kelp, Natural Iodine Source, Country Life, 225 mcg, 300 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Kelp Powder, Rich In Natural Iodine, Now Foods, 8 oz.
    HerbsPro: Liquid Dulse, Bernard Jensen Products, 1 fl. oz.
    Compounded as a convenient source of iodine to supplement the regular or prescribed diet. Liqui-Duls contains dulse, which is a sea vegetable that is a natural source of essential vitamins, ions, sea salt, iodine, and roughage.
    HerbsPro: Liquid Dulse, Bernard Jensen Products, 2 fl. oz.
    Liqui-Duls contains dulse, which is a sea vegetable that is a natural source of essential vitamins, ions, sea salt, iodine, and roughage.
    HerbsPro: Liquid Dulse, Bernard Jensen Products, 4 fl. oz.
    Compounded as a convenient source of iodine to supplement the regular or prescribed diet. Liqui-Duls contains dulse, which is a sea vegetable that is a natural source of essential vitamins, ions, sea salt, iodine, and roughage.


    LIFE EXTENSION PRODUCTS

    LEF: Sea-Iodine, Life Extension, 1000 mcg, 60 VCaps
    LEF: Vitamins D & K with Sea-Iodine, Life Extension, 60 Caps
    LEF: Vitamin D3 with Sea-Iodine, Life Extension, 5,000 IU, 60 Caps


    AMAZON PRODUCTS

    Amazon: Iodine Supplement Products



  • Nutrition Basics: Iodine Supplement Information



  • BLADDERWRACK HERBAL PRODUCTS

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculosus), Certified Organic, Seaweeds
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Bladderwrack Powder (Fucus Vesiculosus), Certified Organic, Seaweeds
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Bladderwrack Capsules (Fucus Vesiculosus), Certified Organic, 565 mg, 100 Capsules


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Bladderwrack, Cut & Sifted, Organic, 4 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Bladderwrack, Powder, Organic, 4 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Bladderwrack, Cut & Sifted, Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Bladderwrack, Powder, Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Bladderwrack Capsules, 500 mg, 100 Caps
    Starwest Botanicals: Bladderwrack Capsules, 500 mg, 500 Caps


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Bladderwrack, Eclectic Institute, 45 Caps (997)
    HerbsPro: Bladderwrack, Eclectic Institute, 50 Caps (12854)
    HerbsPro: Bladderwrack, Eclectic Institute, 90 Caps (998)
    HerbsPro: Bladderwrack Thallus, Natures Answer, 90 Caps (35187)
    HerbsPro: Bladderwrack Whole Herb, Natures Way, 100 VCaps (61701)
    HerbsPro: Bladderwrack Extract, Natures Answer, 1 fl. oz. (17090)
    HerbsPro: Bladderwrack Extract, Herb Pharm, 1 fl. oz. (77559)
    HerbsPro: Nettle & Bladderwrack Compound Extract, Herb Pharm, 1 fl. oz. (32427)
    HerbsPro: Bladderwrack Extract, Natures Answer, 2 fl. oz. (17091)
    HerbsPro: Bladderwrack Extract, Herb Pharm, 4 fl. oz. (77560)
    HerbsPro: Nettle & Bladderwrack Compound Extract, Herb Pharm, 4 fl. oz. (32428)


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Bladderwrack Thallus Extract, Natures Answer, 90 VCaps: HF
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack, Certified Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 500 mg, 100 VCaps: C
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack, Certified Organic. Starwest Botanicals, 500 mg, 500 VCaps: C
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus), Cut & Sifted, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack, Cut & Sifted, Certified Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack Powder, Certified Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack (Fucus versiculosus) Algae Powder, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): RF
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack Algae Powder, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): EB
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack Algae 4:1 Powdered Extract, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): EB
    Kalyx: Nettle Bladderwrack Compound Extract, Herb Pharm, 1 oz: HF
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack Thallus Extract, Nature's Answer, 1 fl oz: HF
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack Non-Alcoholic Extract (Fucus vesiculosus), Health & Herbs, 2 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack Thallus Extract, Nature's Answer, 2 fl oz: HF
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack Extract (Fucus vesiculosus), Health & Herbs, 8 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack Non-Alcoholic Extract (Fucus vesiculosus), Health & Herbs, 8 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack Extract (Fucus vesiculosus), Health & Herbs, 16 fl oz: HH

    Kalyx: Bladderwrack Non-Alcoholic Extract (Fucus vesiculosus), Health & Herbs, 16 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Bladderwrack Extract (Fucus vesiculosus), Health & Herbs, 32 fl oz: HH


    AMAZON PRODUCTS


    Solaray Bladderwrack 580mg 100 Capsules
    Bladderwrack as a dietary supplement take one capsule two or three times a day with meals or a glass of water. Bladderwrack is a type of seaweed found on the coasts of the North Sea, the western Baltic Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.


    Amazon: Bladderwrack, Full Spectrum, Swanson Health Products, 500 mg, 60 Caps
    Bladderwrack, a common seaweed, is a natural source of iodine and other vitamins and minerals. It has been a valued functional food and since its discovery over 200 years ago. This full spectrum supplement delivers whole, powdered leaves in natural, fresh-from-the-sea form.



  • Nutrition Basics: Bladderwrack Herbal Information



  • DULSE RED MARINE ALGAE HERBAL PRODUCTS

    Dulse Red marine algae has been a valued food in Asia for thousands of years due to its highly nutritious qualities. Red Marine Algae, or Dulse, has been used by people as a food stape for thousands of years. Often referred to as a sea vegetable, research has shown that the sulfated polysaccharides in Dulse may provide nutritional support for immune health. Carrageenans, a family of polysaccharide compounds extracted from algae, have been studied for their unique properties. In vitro studies show that carrageenans aid in a cell's natural defense by significantly minimizing the binding of unfriendly proteins to the cell's surface.

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Dulse Flakes (Palmaria Palmata), Certified Organic, Bulk Seaweeds & Sea Vegetables
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Dulse Powder (Palmaria Palmata), Certified Organic, Bulk Seaweeds & Sea Vegetables


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Dulse Leaf (Rhodymenia palmetta), Organic, Starwest Botanicals
    Also known as Dillisk, Water Leaf, Red Algae. Available in Whole Leaf, Cut & Sifted, Granules and Powder, 1 pound or 4 ounce sizes. Dulse leaf, or Rhodymenia palmetta, is a red sea vegetable that is harvested during low tides from the rocks on which it grows. Harvested Dulse herbs are then allowed to sun dry on stones, or alternately a series of nets are placed above the stones. The dulse leaves are placed on the nets to dry quickly due to the radiant heat coming from the stones, yet at the same time achieving good air circulation while drying. Rhodymenia palmetta, which is also commonly called dillisk, water leaf and red algae, is a sea vegetable that is native to Scotland, Ireland, northern France, Iceland, Canada and Greenland. Bulk Dulse leaf offers a lot of nutrition from this sea plant, and in years past these herbs were used in times of low food and as an animal fodder. A good source of potassium, iron, vitamins B-6 and B-12, and fluoride, wholesale dulse leaf is a product that is suitable for those on raw food or vegan diets. Our dulse leaf dried herbs come in several different forms, including cut and sifted, granules, powder and whole leaf. They may be included in soup, salad and stew recipes for a nutrient boost. It is advised that you not use dulse leaf if you have hyperthyroidism. Dulse is one of many of our bulk dried herbs for sale that is available both certified organic and kosher. Herbs from Starwest come from quality suppliers and undergo rigorous inspections and testing in order to bring you the highest quality bulk herbs. Warning: Therapeutic use is not recommended in hyperthyroidism.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Red Marine Algae, Bio Nutrition Inc, 60 VCaps (108135)
    HerbsPro: Nova Scotia Dulse, Bernard Jensen Products, 300 Tabs (49719)
    HerbsPro: Nova Scotia Dulse Powder, Bernard Jensen Products, 8 oz. (50957)
    HerbsPro: Nova Scotia Liquid Dulse, Bernard Jensen Products, 1 fl. oz. (49721)


    AMAZON PRODUCTS

    Amazon: Gigartina Red Marine Algae Powder, NutriCargo LLC, 2.2 lbs. Bulk (1 kg)
    Amazon: Red Marine Algae Plus, Pure Planet, 90 VCaps
    Amazon: Red Marine Algae, Solaray, 375 mg, 100 Capsules
    Amazon: Gigartina Red Marine Algae, 5 Strains, Vibrant Health, 250 mg, 120 VCaps
    Amazon: RMA (Red Marine Algae) Ointment, Vibrant Health, 1/4 oz.
    A soothing‚ replenishing‚ healing skin ointment loaded with sulfated polysaccharides from Gigartina red marine algae. Moisturizing! Rich in Essential Fatty Acids! Only Vibrant Health’s RMA Ointment contains a concentrated extract of sulfated polysaccharides from specially selected species of Gigartina red marine algae. These polysaccharides have demonstrated a unique ability to support immune function at the cellular level.These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using these or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.





    Amazon: Dulse Nova Scotia Powder, Bernard Jensen, 8 oz. Bottle
    Purple Dulse powder is a sea vegetable that is a natural source of essential vitamins, ions, sea salt, iodine and roughage. A rich source of natural iodine. May also be used in cooking and baking. Harvested from the cold waters of the North Atlantic, this premium Dulse is then sun-dried to preserve the natural nutrients. Each serving provides you with a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, protein and trace elements the way Nature intended.



    Amazon: Dulse Leaf, Organic, Frontier Natural Products, 1 lb.
    Rhodymenia palmata is not recommended for long term use or by persons with hyperthyroidism. Dulse is harvested from the Atlantic coastal regions of the United States, and sun-dried on nets laid out in drying fields. Drying fields are pastures covered with stones. The nets rest upon the stones providing a drying surface where air can circulate freely. The pastures, are carefully hand weeded, and cleared of debris between drying cycles. QAI Certified Organic. Take 1/4 teaspoon per serving. Contains 5 mg Sodium, 35% Iodine per serving.



    Amazon: Dulse Nova Scotia Tablets, Bernard Jensen, 550 mg, 300 Count Tabs
    Harvested from the cold waters of the North Atlantic, this premium Dulse is then sun-dried to preserve the natural ingredients. Each 550 mg vegetarian capsule provides you with a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, protein and trace elements the way nature intended.



    Amazon: Dulse-Liquid, Bernard Jensen, 4 fl. oz.
    Dulse-Liquid by Jensen is a natural easily assimilated source of Iodine. Take 4 drops (0.2 ml) per serving in a glass of water per day. Keep out of reach of children. As with all dietary supplements consult your healthcare professional before use.


    Amazon has many assorted Dulse products available.

  • Nutrition Basics: Dulse Sea Vegetable (Red Marine Algae) Information




  • KELP & SEAWEED HERBAL PRODUCTS

    Kelp is a large, leafy brown algae is high in nutrition, especially minerals. Kelp is a good source of marine minerals, including potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. It is also an excellent source of natural iodine. Due to overwhelming research results, Kelp has become an effective treatment for thyroid disorders and treating thyroid and mineral deficiencies, obesity, adrenal deficiencies, energy and endocrine gland disorders. Aids in the function of both the pituitary and adrenal glands, promoting glandular health. It regulates metabolism to help digest food. Helps to rid the body of toxins. Kelp is an alternative, diuretic, hypotensive, and antibiotic and also contains vitamins and cell salts essential for good nutrition. Kelp powder can be used as a sodium chloride (table salt) substitute, sprinkled on foods in place of salt. It is beneficial for the nervous system, brain and the cardiovascular system. It is very important for pregnant women. If you have thyroid problems, consult with your health care provider before using.

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Seaweeds and Sea Vegetables, Bulk Certified Organic & Wild Harvested Products
    Seaweeds harvested from the abundant depths of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Seaweeds or Sea Vegetables offer a tremendous range of therapeutic possibilities both as a medicine and within cosmetics. A little dried seaweed each day in food provides a simple and economical way for people to enjoy the numerous benefits Seaweed provides, and they may be found in many salt scrubs, bath salts, and creams. Mountain Rose Herbs works directly with several harvesters on both the Pacific Coast and the Atlantic Coast who gather our seaweed by hand, and a strict emphasis is always placed on the sound and sustainable harvesting of this precious ocean resource.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Kelp Powder, Certified Organic, Bulk Seaweeds & Sea Vegetables
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Kelp Capsules (Ascophyllum Nodosum), Certified Organic, 575 mg, 100 Caps
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Thyroid Support Capsules, Gaia Herbs, 1350 mg, 60 Caps
    The health of the thyroid gland impacts how you feel on a daily basis. Because it helps regulate metabolism, every major system in the body is affected by altered levels of thyroid hormones. Gaia Herbs’ unique formula supports normal thyroid hormone production, helping you maintain optimal weight, neuromuscular tone, and cardiovascular health. Not for long-term use. Contains: L-Tyrosine, Coleus Root (Coleus forskholii), Ashwagandha Root (Withania somnifera), Schisandra Berry (Schisandra chinensis), Kelp Fronds (Laminaria digitata), Bladderwrack Fronds (Fucus vesiculosus), Vegetable Glycerin, Soy Lecithin, Vegetable cellulose (capsule). Each capsule contains the equivalent of 1350 mg. crude herb. 60 capsules per bottle.


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Kelp Capsules (Ascophyllum nodosum), Organic, 500 mg, 100 VCaps
    Starwest Botanicals: Kelp Capsules (Ascophyllum nodosum), Organic, 500 mg, 500 VCaps
    Starwest Botanicals: Kelp Granules (Ascophyllum nodosum), Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Kelp Powder (Ascophyllum nodosum), Organic, 1 lb.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Kelp, Oregon's Wild Harvest, 90 Caps (83560)
    HerbsPro: Sea Kelp, Natures Herbs, 100 Caps (17549)
    HerbsPro: Kelp Thallus, Natures Answers, 100 Caps (35289)
    HerbsPro: Kelp, Natures Way, 100 Caps (17957)
    HerbsPro: North Atlantic Kelp, Solgar, 250 Tabs (36530)
    HerbsPro: Icelandic Kelp, Natures Life, 41 mg, 500 Tabs (89747)
    HerbsPro: Icelandic Kelp, Natures Life, 41 mg, 1000 Tabs (89748)
    HerbsPro: Kelp, Now Foods, 150 mcg, 200 Tabs (68372)
    HerbsPro: Kelp, Thompson Nutritional Products, 225 mcg, 200 Tabs (35627)
    HerbsPro: Norwegian Kelp, Country Life, 225 mcg, 300 Tabs (37375)
    HerbsPro: Kelp, Now Foods, 325 mcg, 250 Caps (68374)
    HerbsPro: North Atlantic Kelp, Solgar, 520 mg, 100 VCaps (36528)
    HerbsPro: North Atlantic Kelp, Solgar, 520 mg, 250 VCaps (36529)
    HerbsPro: Kelp, Natures Way, 660 mg, 180 Caps (17958)
    HerbsPro: Single Herb Sea Kelp, Dr. Christophers Original Formulas, 660 mg, 100 VCaps (39717)
    HerbsPro: Liquid Kelp, Natural Factors, 800 mcg, 1.6 fl. oz. (106841)
    HerbsPro: Liqui-Kelp Iodine Supplement, World Organics, 2 fl. oz. (20236)
    HerbsPro: Norwegian Kelp Powder, Now Foods, 8 oz. (68376)
    HerbsPro: Kelp-T Combination Powder, Dr. Christophers, 16 oz. (104599)
    HerbsPro: Kelp Powder, Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb. (71359)
    HerbsPro: Sea Kelp Facial Toner, Alba Botanica, 6 fl. oz. (13425)
    HerbsPro: Sea Kelp Shampoo, Jason Natural Products, 16 fl. oz. (16132)
    HerbsPro: Sea Kelp Conditioner, Jason Natural Products, 16 fl. oz. (16132)


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Kelp Single Herb Supplements, Natures Answer, 66 mg, 100 VCaps: K
    Kalyx: Kelp, Thompson Nutritional, 225 mcg, 200 Tabs
    Kelp is from the ocean and contains many of the numerous nutrients found there, including natural iodine which is important for a normally functioning thyroid. Natural detoxifier and balancer. Kelp is also known as a protector from radiation, heart disease and toxic heavy metals.
    Kalyx: Kelp Thallus, Natures Answer, Iodine From Kelp 330 mg, Kelp Thallus 66 mg, 100 Capsules: HF
    Kalyx: Kelp, Certified Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 550 mg, 100 VCaps: C
    Kalyx: Kelp, Certified Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 550 mg, 500 VCaps: C
    Kalyx: Kelp Plant, Dr. Christopher, 600 mg, 100 VCaps: HF
    Kalyx: Kelp Non-Alcoholic Extract (Ascophyllum nodosum), Health & Herbs, 2 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Kelp Extract (Ascophyllum nodosum), Health & Herbs, 2 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum) Single Herb Alcohol Fluid Extract, Golden Lotus, 2 fl. oz.: GL
    Kalyx: Kelp Non-Alcoholic Extract (Ascophyllum nodosum), Health & Herbs, 8 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Kelp Extract (Ascophyllum nodosum), Health & Herbs, 8 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Kelp Non-Alcoholic Extract (Ascophyllum nodosum), Health & Herbs, 16 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Kelp Extract (Ascophyllum nodosum), Health & Herbs, 16 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Kelp Extract (Ascophyllum nodosum), Health & Herbs, 32 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Kelp (Laminaria japonica; Kun Bu; Hai Dai) Granules, Sun Ten, 100 Grams (3.5 oz): V (Special Order)
    Kalyx: Kelp (Laminaria japonica; Kun Bu) Powdered: Plum Flower, 500 gm (1.17 lb): V (Special Order)
    Kalyx: Atlantic Kelp Granules (Ascophyllum, Certifide Organic (Ascophyllum nodosum), Starwest Botanicals, 4 oz: C
    Kalyx: Kelp Granules, Certified Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Kelp Powder, Certified Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Kelp (Ecklonia kurome; Thallas - Kun Bu), Cut & Sifted, NuHerbs, 1 lb: TC
    Kalyx: Atlantic Kelp Brown Seaweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) Thallus Stem Powder, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): RF
    Kalyx: Atlantic Kelp (Ascophyllum) 4:1 Powdered Extract, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): EB
    Kalyx: Pacific Kelp (Laminaria digitata) Whole Algae Powder, Kalyx 1 kg (2.2 lbs): RF
    Kalyx: Pacific Kelp (Laminaria digitata) Powder, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): EB
    Kalyx: Pacific Kelp (Laminaria digitata) Whole Algae Extract 4:1, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): RF
    Kalyx: Pacific Kelp (Laminaria digitata) 4:1 Powdered Extract, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): EB
    Kalyx: Konbu Kelp (Laminaria japonica; Kombu) Powder, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): EB
    Kalyx: Atlantic Kelp Brown Seaweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) Thallus Stem Extract 4:1, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): RF
    Kalyx: Atlantic Kelp Powder (Ascophyllum nodosum), Kalyx, 10 kg (22 lbs): Q
    Kalyx: Kelp Powder, Certified Organic (Ascophyllum nodosum), Starwest Botanicals, 25 lb box: C


    AMAZON PRODUCTS


    Amazon: Kelp, Supports Thyroid Function, Now Foods, 325 mcg Natural Iodine, 150 mg Dulse, 250 VCaps
    Green Superfood 325 mcg of Natural Iodine. Supports Thyroid Function with 150 mg of Dulse. A dietary vegetarian formula supplement. Kelp is a large, leafy brown algae that belongs to the seaweed family and grows in the colder waters of the world's oceans. It is a good source of marine minerals, including potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. It is also an excellent source of iodine, which has been shown to support healthy thyroid function. Your thyroid gland is responsible for producing the hormones that support normal cellular metabolism. As with most green foods, kelp also contains vitamins and cell salts essential for good nutrition.


    Amazon: Norwegian Kelp, Country Life, 225 mcg, 300-Count
    Kelp is a natural vegetation found in the ocean and is an excellent source of iodine and trace minerals. Provides 225 micrograms of iodine per daily serving. Adults take one tablet daily with food.


    Amazon: Kelp Powder, Now Foods, 8 oz
    Kelp Powder Product is a large leafy seaweed belonging to the brown algae family that grows in forests in the colder waters of the worlds oceans. Kelp has been used for centuries as an important nutritious staple ingredient in Chinese Japanese and Korean cuisines. It is also an excellent source of iodine which has been shown to be essential for healthy thyroid function. As a dietary supplement take 2 level scoops (200 mg) daily preferably with meals - Or as directed by your healthcare professional.



  • Nutrition Basics: Kelp Herbal Information



  • SEAWEED HERBAL PRODUCTS

    Harvested from the ocean depths, Seaweeds or Sea Vegetables offer a tremendous range of therapeutic possibilities as food medicine, and cosmetics.

    SEAWEEDS & SEA VEGETABLES

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Seaweeds and Sea Vegetables, Bulk Certified Organic & Wild Harvested Products
    Seaweeds harvested from the abundant depths of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Seaweeds or Sea Vegetables offer a tremendous range of therapeutic possibilities both as a medicine and within cosmetics. A little dried seaweed each day in food provides a simple and economical way for people to enjoy the numerous benefits Seaweed provides, and they may be found in many salt scrubs, bath salts, and creams. Mountain Rose Herbs works directly with several harvesters on both the Pacific Coast and the Atlantic Coast who gather our seaweed by hand, and a strict emphasis is always placed on the sound and sustainable harvesting of this precious ocean resource.


    Bladderwrack Seaweed (Fucus vesiculosus)


    BLADDERWRACK SEAWEED

    Bladderwrack is also known Fucus vesiculosus, Kelp, Ascophyllum nodosum, Black Tang, Bladder Fucus, Bladder Wrack, Blasentang, Cutweed, Fucus, Kelpware, Kelp-Ware, Knotted Wrack, Marine Oak, Meereiche, Quercus Marina, Rockweed, Rockwrack, Schweintang, Seawrack, Tang, and Varech. It is a member of the Fucaceae Plant Family. Bladderwrack is a brown seaweed harvested from cool ocean waters around world, easily recognized by its air-filled thalli or "bladders" that keep the plant afloat. Bladderwrack constituents include alginic acid and iodine. The entire plant is used. Typical preparations include addition to soups and stocks, taken as tablets or extract dietary supplements, or drunk as a tea 2 to 3 times a day. Do not use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. The alginic acid in bladderwrack creates a feeling of fullness that helps you eat less, but also interferes with the absorption of iron. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant.

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    Mountain Rose Herbs: Bladderwrack Powder (Fucus Vesiculosus), Certified Organic, Seaweeds
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Bladderwrack Capsules (Fucus Vesiculosus), Certified Organic, 565 mg, 100 Capsules


    Dulse Seaweed (Palmaria Palmata, Rhodymenia palmetta)


    DULSE SEAWEED

    Dulse is also known as Palmaria palmata, Rhodymenia palmata, Red Algae, Red Dulse, Purple Dulse, and Sea Lettuce flakes. It is in the Palmariaceae Plant Family. Dulse is a red seaweed harvested in the cool waters along Atlantic coast of Canada and also along the shores of Ireland and Norway. Its fronds grow in tidal areas on rocks, shells, and the larger, longer, brown seaweeds. Dulse can be eaten raw, roasted, fried, dried, or roasted, or as a thickening agent for soups. Dulse constituents include alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, calcium, chromium, cobalt, iodine, iron, lutein, manganese, magnesium, niacin, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, silicon, sodium, tin, vitamin C, zeaxanthin, and zinc. The parts used are the entire plant, dried and cut. Typical preparations include addition to food in the form of dried flakes or powder for a slightly salty flavor. It can be drunk as a tea. It is also suitable as an extract or capsule dietary supplement. Dulse is an excellent source of phytochemicals and minerals, and a superior source of iodine. Do not over use Dulse, and avoid it entirely if you suffer hyperthyroidism. You only need a few flakes, or as little as a quarter-teaspoon a day, to get your mineral needs, and it is best to get your minerals from a variety of whole food and whole herb sources. Do not use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant.

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    Starwest Botanicals: Dulse Leaf (Rhodymenia palmetta), Organic, Starwest Botanicals
    Also known as Dillisk, Water Leaf, Red Algae. Available in Whole Leaf, Cut & Sifted, Granules and Powder, 1 pound or 4 ounce sizes. Dulse leaf, or Rhodymenia palmetta, is a red sea vegetable that is harvested during low tides from the rocks on which it grows. Harvested Dulse herbs are then allowed to sun dry on stones, or alternately a series of nets are placed above the stones. The dulse leaves are placed on the nets to dry quickly due to the radiant heat coming from the stones, yet at the same time achieving good air circulation while drying. Rhodymenia palmetta, which is also commonly called dillisk, water leaf and red algae, is a sea vegetable that is native to Scotland, Ireland, northern France, Iceland, Canada and Greenland. Bulk Dulse leaf offers a lot of nutrition from this sea plant, and in years past these herbs were used in times of low food and as an animal fodder. A good source of potassium, iron, vitamins B-6 and B-12, and fluoride, wholesale dulse leaf is a product that is suitable for those on raw food or vegan diets. Our dulse leaf dried herbs come in several different forms, including cut and sifted, granules, powder and whole leaf. They may be included in soup, salad and stew recipes for a nutrient boost. It is advised that you not use dulse leaf if you have hyperthyroidism. Dulse is one of many of our bulk dried herbs for sale that is available both certified organic and kosher. Herbs from Starwest come from quality suppliers and undergo rigorous inspections and testing in order to bring you the highest quality bulk herbs. Warning: Therapeutic use is not recommended in hyperthyroidism.


    Irish Moss Seaweed (Chondrus crispus)


    IRISH MOSS SEAWEED

    GIrish Moss is also known as Chondrus crispus and Carrageen. It is part of the Gigartinaceae Plant Family. Ireland moss is a tough and stringy red, yellow, or purple seaweed growing up to 6 inches high on rocks in tidal pools along the northern Atlantic. It is harvested to make carrageenan, a thickening agent for jellies, puddings, and soups, and is a traditional herbal remedy in Ireland. Irish Moss constituents include mucliages, carrageenan, bromine, iodine. Parts used are the entire seaweed, dried. Typical preparations include traditionally used tea or tincture, sometimes encapsulated. May be taken as a capsule for convenience. Do not use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant. Kelp material may contain shell fragments.

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

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    Kelp Seaweed (Ascophyllum Nodosum)


    KELP SEAWEED

    Kelp is also known as Laminaria digitata and Ascophyllum nodosum, Sea Vegetable, Sea-Weed, Sea Frond and Atlantic Seaweed. Kelp is in the Plant Family Fucaceae. Kelp is an underwater plant with a majestic form, deep green color and a high nutritional yield. Commonly referred to as "seaweed" this botanical beauty is not from the common "seaweed" but rather a different classification of plant entirely. Care and importance should be taken when consuming kelp and one should know its origin. Many of the world’s oceans are suffering from pollution, so it is best to use a Kelp product from clean, pristine and protected ocean. Hawaii, Iceland, Canada, and the North West United States are all choice locations for quality Kelp products. Kelp is a great source of nutrients and can be added easily to any diet from both the digitata and nodosum varieties. Kelp constituents include Iodine, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin B-1, B-2, B-12 and polysaccharides. Parts used are the powdered or granulated whole kelp plant, which has been sun dried, cleaned and processed. Typical preparations include powdered kelp can be easily included in practically every dish. You may sprinkle it on entrees, soups, salads, and it makes a marvelous drink in the form of a "green smoothie". Also adds well in teas and in iced drinks. Encapsulated kelp is also available as well as the liquid extract from the fresh plant. Do not use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant.

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    Mountain Rose Herbs: Kelp Powder, Certified Organic, Bulk Seaweeds & Sea Vegetables
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Kelp Capsules (Ascophyllum Nodosum), Certified Organic, 575 mg, 100 Caps
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Thyroid Support Capsules, Gaia Herbs, 1350 mg, 60 Caps
    The health of the thyroid gland impacts how you feel on a daily basis. Because it helps regulate metabolism, every major system in the body is affected by altered levels of thyroid hormones. Gaia Herbs’ unique formula supports normal thyroid hormone production, helping you maintain optimal weight, neuromuscular tone, and cardiovascular health. Not for long-term use. Contains: L-Tyrosine, Coleus Root (Coleus forskholii), Ashwagandha Root (Withania somnifera), Schisandra Berry (Schisandra chinensis), Kelp Fronds (Laminaria digitata), Bladderwrack Fronds (Fucus vesiculosus), Vegetable Glycerin, Soy Lecithin, Vegetable cellulose (capsule). Each capsule contains the equivalent of 1350 mg. crude herb. 60 capsules per bottle.


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    Nori Seaweed Porphyra umbilicalis)


    NORI SEAWEED

    Nori, also known as Porphyra umbilicalis, Porphyria spp, Nori Seaweed, adn Pacific Seaweed in the Plant Family Bangiaceae. Nori is perhaps best known here in the U.S. as a wrap for sushi, but it has a long history of use in traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Porphyra is a red seaweed that grows off the coast of Japan, where seaweed has always been an important food source. Like most seaweeds, Nori is very high in mineral content which accounts for up to 40% of its dry mass. The most important of these micronutrients is iodine. A very small portion of Nori provides well over the adult recommended daily intake of iodine, which is vital for proper thyroid functioning. Nori is also rich in carotenes, vitamin C and vitamin B-12, which is seldom found in land plants. At 28% protein, Nori has more protein than sunflower seeds and wheat germ, both promoted as good sources of protein for those who eat no animal products. Its nutty, sweet-salty flavor makes it a popular addition to soups and salads. Nori constituents include sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, chlorine, sulfur and phosphorus; the micronutrients include iodine, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, molybdenum, fluoride, manganese, boron, nickel and cobalt. The whole plant and leaves are used. Typical preparations include dried, flaked, and pressed sheets applied to foods, soups and teas. Like most seaweeds, Nori is high in important minerals and nutrients, particularly iodine. Much of the beneficial effect comes from its diuretic effect and from the high mineral and iodine content. Do not use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. Nori is for periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant. Use caution if suffering from hyperthyroidism.

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    sea lettuce


    SEA LETTUCE FLAKES

    Sea Lettuce is also known as Ulva lactuca in the plant family Ulvaceae. Sea Lettuce is a bright green algae composed of lobed, ruffled edged leaves that are sheet like and do resemble a leaf of lettuce. It has almost no stalk at the point of attachment and no true roots. The whole plants are used, which consists almost entirely of leaves. Typical preparations include addition to soups and stocks, or used in salads. One of the most familiar of shallow salt water seaweeds, sea lettuce is a favorite among manatees and humans alike and can even be used as an ingredient in ice cream. It is very high in iron, protein, iodine, manganese, and nickel. One of the most familiar of shallow salt water seaweeds, sea lettuce is a favorite among manatees and humans alike and can even be used as an ingredient in ice cream. It is very high in iron, protein, iodine, manganese, and nickel. Do not use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant. Use caution if suffering from hypothyroidism.

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    wakame seaweed (alaria esculenia)


    WAKAME SEAWEED

    Wakame is also known as Alaria esculenia, Alaria marginata, Babberlocks, Bladder Locks, Edible Fucus, Kelp, and Winged Kelp in the plant family Alariaceae. Wakame is a seaweed that looks and tastes like a slippery spinach. It can be used in the same ways as many other seaweeds including in soup and as an addition to green or fruit salads. When dried Wakame is soaked in water it expands to at least 10 times it dried size. Constituents include mucilages and fucoidan. The entire palnt is used dried and chopped. Typical preparations include placing up to one ounce (30 grams) of Wakame in a large bowl or pan you have filled with water and allow to soak for 30 minutes. After Wakame has swollen to a much greater size, remove the seaweed from the soaking water and place on a cutting board with the stem facing you. Cut off the leaves and discard the stem (or safe for use in soup stock). Chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces and dip briefly into boiling water to bring out their color before use. The dried flakes may be liberally applied to most foods. Do not use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant. Use caution if suffering from hypothyroidism.

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