Iodine / Iodide

BLOG- Dr. Joseph Miller – March 8th, 2022

ROOT Cause Supplements, LLC

Iodine (I) is a trace element that is naturally present in some foods, its added to some types of salt, and is available as a dietary supplement. Iodine is an essential component of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid hormones regulate many important biochemical reactions, including protein synthesis and enzymatic activity, and are critical determinants of metabolic activity. They are also required for proper skeletal and central nervous system development in fetuses and infants.

Trace Minerals- Iron, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Manganese, Iodine, Chromium, Molybdenum, Cobalt, Nickel, Vanadium. Some act as antioxidants, others are responsible for a healthy blood system (red cells, white cells, platelets), and others for healthy growth of certain hormones. They also act as building blocks for hundreds of enzymes.

Most recently Iodine has received lots of attention due to the risk of a large or small nuclear fallout and exposure. Even low levels of radioactive iodide can destroy tissue in your thyroid gland. Actually, clinically this is used at times in persons diagnosed with an over-active Thyroid Gland (i.e. Graves’ Disease), Thyroid Cancer or enlarged thyroid (goiter) in the form of radioisotope Iodine-131.

Potassium Iodide (KI) is a salt of stable (not radioactive) iodine, that can help block radioactive iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid gland, and saturate the receptors, not allowing the gland to uptake radioactive iodine, inhibiting its tissue destruction and shut down; and continue to  utilize the proper iodide to produce T3 & T4, thyroid hormones for proper function.

Our Curcu-Meric 975mg®Root Cause Supplements, and Iodoral® 12.5mg (KI)Optimox,  provide crucial compounds for Thyroid Protection and Function.

Potassium Iodide (KI) pills made from Elemental Iodine (I) would help people protect their thyroid gland, which is prone to absorbing radioactive iodine. Potassium iodide (KI) contains a good amount of stable iodine, and when taken orally, saturates the thyroid with non-radioactive iodine, causing the gland to become full. This means neither stable nor radioactive iodine can enter.

However,  taking Potassium iodide (KI) capsules doesn’t mean you can’t be harmed from other radioactive materials, which can damage other organs in your body.

Those with allergies to iodine or shellfish should not take Potassium Iodide (KI). Also, higher doses may have side effects such as abnormal heart rhythms, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte abnormalities and bleeding. There are higher dose capsules over 30mg daily, which need to be taken with caution.

potassium iodide from elemental iodine (I) and potassium hydroxide (KOH).

Chemical formula: 3I2 + 6KOH == 5KI + KIO3 + 3H2O