Iodine is necessary for healthy thyroid function but is iodine good or bad if you have a diagnosed autoimmune hypothyroid disorder?
There is a great deal of controversy about taking iodine especially when you are struggling with an autoimmune disorder.
One of the biggest concerns is some health websites advocate very high intake which can be problematic.
It really is about balanced intake. In fact, there is research to show those with autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis may be sensitive to high doses.
Taking mega-doses of this trace mineral in the realms of milligram amounts may pose a risk. It is why taking large doses is discouraged unless you are doing this under the supervision of a trained medical professional.
The reason is, adverse reactions are more likely with high intake as too much iodine can easily trigger an autoimmune flare up. And as you may know, autoimmune tissue destruction is at an all-time high during a flare up.
What You Need To Know About Iodine
It’s true, iodine alone will not help heal an autoimmune hypothyroid disorder. Autoimmune hypothyroid disorders are complex and are triggered by a range of genetic, nutritional and environmental influences.
However it’s important to remember iodine is vital to support day to day thyroid function. Here’s some more facts to help you make informed decisions about taking iodine:
- The body does not make iodine. Consequently, this trace mineral must be derived from the diet, or from an iodine supplement.
- Iodine supplements usually supply microgram, not large milligram quantities. It’s generally considered safe to take microgram amounts as recommended.
- The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide important nutritional guidelines on how much iodine is safe to take. They advise that adults generally need 150 micrograms of iodine per day to support general health.
- The World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) recommend 250 mcg of iodine per day for pregnant women.
- As a guide the NIH states the safe upper level of intake from all sources is 1,100 micrograms (1.1 mg) daily. Be aware you should avoid taking more than 1,100 micrograms per day without proper medical supervision.
- Selenium is often recommended along with iodine. This trace mineral helps safeguard the thyroid from a potential autoimmune attack.
In summary, iodine is an essential nutrient to support overall health and wellbeing. However, it’s about balanced intake as too much iodine can be detrimental. If you plan to take a thyroid supplement that contains iodine you should speak to your healthcare practitioner so you can discuss your specific nutritional needs.
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