Iodine supplements, Therapeutic uses of supplements

Supplemental iodine is used to treat iodine deficiency disorders. On a large scale, this is often given in the form of iodized salt or as an iodized oil injection.

Fibrocystic breast disease

Some studies have shown that iodine treatment can relieve the symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease. In 1993, Canadian researchers published a review of trials using iodine replacement therapy to treat fibrocystic breast disease. Preparations used included sodium iodide, protein-bound iodide and molecular iodine. Beneficial effects were seen with all the treatments, but molecular iodine was found to be the most beneficial. Thyroid hormone replacement therapy may also be beneficial.

Iodine supplementsOther uses

Iodine is an antiseptic and can be used to kill bacteria and fungi. Iodine used topically as a douche is effective against a wide range of organisms including Candida and chlamydia. Excessive use should be avoided since some iodine will be absorbed into the system and can cause suppression of thyroid function. Iodine tablets are frequently used to disinfect water.

Iodine can also be used to prevent radioactive damage to the thyroid gland. In nuclear accidents, radioactive iodine is released into the atmosphere and can be taken up by the thyroid, possibly causing cancer. Immediate treatment with iodine prevents this uptake.

Cautions

Potassium iodide supplements should be used with caution in cases of dehydration, acne, heat cramps, adrenal insufficiency, and cardiac disease. Prolonged use during pregnancy is not advisable.

 
 
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