Iodine and energy

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by ljimbo42, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. ljimbo42

    ljimbo42 Active Member

    I started taking Iodine tablets in the form of kelp several days ago and noticed a VERY noticable increase in energy and clarity of thinking.

    I took 1 the first day, two the second etc. and worked my way up to 4 a day= (900mcg). They are 225mcg each, which is 1 and a half times the rda. This morning I only took 2 and felt dramatically more tired than I have in the last few days.

    So I took another 2 tablets, about half an hour ago and 20 minutes later I felt my energy coming back up and my brain fog clearing. I have read that iodine is great for energy but I'm just getting around to trying it.

    The Japanese average a daily intake of 12-13mg a day and have for centuries! That's a least 80 times the rda. It's important to remember that the recommended daily allowances (RDA), where not created for good health, but to prevent disease.

    So although a daily intake of 150mcg of iodine will prevent goiter, it will not create optimum health. Has anyone else experienced a noticeable increase in energy with iodine supplementation?
    [This Message was Edited on 03/19/2013]
  2. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Like Jam, I've been taking a form of iodine for several years. I also take Naturethroid or Westhroid, I always forget which it is, which is the equivalent of Armour thyroid.

    I haven't noticed a boost in energy from the iodine but take it anyways because I know how important it is for general health and thyroid in particular. I've take over 900 mcg. for several years. Women should know that iodine is also crucial for breast health and it has been reported that it can help prevent breast cancer. Bread products used to have iodine in them, but I think it was in the 1980's that iodine in baked goods was replaced by bromine, which actually competes with iodine for absorption and can cause iodine deficiency. I've read that the meteoric rise in breast cancer has been fueled at least in part by iodine deficiency related to bromines.

    Anyhow, it certainly makes sense if you were deficient in iodine, that it would boost your energy.

    I did notice an increase in energy when I first started taking a thyroid supplement many years ago, although my biggest energy increases have been due to folate (metafolin), potassium and p-5-p form of B6, in addition to B12.

  3. ljimbo42

    ljimbo42 Active Member

    The increase in energy I am experiencing tells me I have probably been deficient in iodine for years. I get the rda from my multi and at least the rda or more from iodized salt, but that wasn't enough.

    I'm going to slowly work my way up to a dose that makes me feel best. What's really tragic about the recommended daily allowance is that many people think that is all we need. Which couldn't be further from the truth regarding most vitamins and minerals.

    I'm glad to hear you guys are taking care of your health with the Iodine, it is so important for good health, even more so for women!

    Take care---Jim
  4. ljimbo42

    ljimbo42 Active Member

    I was just reading that iodine makes up 65% of the molecular weight of T4 and 59% of the molecular weight of T3. Without enough of these thyroid hormones the thyroid can't function properly.

    Where iodine makes up over 50% of each of these hormones, it makes sense that a less than optimal level of iodine would create some degree of thyroid dysfunction.

    Something else to possibly consider is that iodine absorption is most likely reduced in those of us with irritable bowel syndrome.

    All the best---Jim

  5. LadyCarol

    LadyCarol Member

    I use to take a Kelp supplement in the hope it would help my thyroid but found it caused insomnia and made my fingers swell so I had to stopped taking Kelp. It did nothing to help improve my thyroid blood test results and it didn't make any difference to how I felt.

    Many people with CFS/ME simply can't take much in the way of the supplements let along the huge doses often being pushed by the those who don't suffer with this dreadful illness.
  6. Forebearance

    Forebearance Member

    I've been thinking about iodine lately because I take an iodine supplement in the form of drops called Iodex, and I wonder if I might be taking too much.

    Japanese people get their large amounts of iodine from food sources. Now it is becoming clear that it IS possible to overdose on iodine if you are taking it in supplement form.

    Although it has been tremendously helpful to me, I am noticing that after I take my usual six drops a day it makes my nerve pain feel worse. Could these things be related?? Am I taking too much iodine or is the iodine killing off some tick-borne infection?? It is puzzling. The bottle says five drops = 200 mcg.
  7. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    The safe upper limit for iodine is 1,100 mcg for adults so you should be well within the safe limits taking 200 mcg per day. The recommended daily amount is 150 mcg.
  8. Forebearance

    Forebearance Member

    Thanks, you guys!
    It turns out that some people who have thyroid issues are super-sensitive to iodine.
    Mary Shoman wrote about her experience with it.

    I am relieved to know that I'm not taking that much. I think I'm probably close to the correct dose for me. I might need five drops instead of six per day. I take Kelp also, but not a large amount.
  9. LadyCarol

    LadyCarol Member

    I've been so ill lately I've had to go to hospital for various reasons. Yesterday they gave me an iodine infusion, today I feel like a new person with energy to do things. That difference is staggering. It'll be interesting to see how I fair in the days ahead.
  10. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Well-Known Member

    I'm happy to read that you're feeling better after a trip to the hospital. Interesting. Keep us informed.
  11. LadyCarol

    LadyCarol Member

    I had a CT scan, they used an iodine mix infusion as contrast material.
    I need treatment for Leukemia and they were looking for internal clusters.
    It was nice to have a boost of energy for a couple of days as a side effect of the iodine but alas the underlying Leukemia now needs treating.
  12. IanH

    IanH Active Member

    LadyCarol: Why did you have an iodine infusion? Was it for systemic infection?
    If so, was it in combination with magnesium chloride?
  13. LadyCarol

    LadyCarol Member

    No it's not for systemic infection. No Mag. Ch. was used.
    They examine for clusters of cancer cells such as in the spleen, lymph nodes etc. I also had a barium drink prior to the scan.

    Iodine and barium act as contrast materials which allows the radiologist to distinguish normal from abnormal conditions. They are used as a standard procedure as an aid in the pre-treatment decision process. Also at a later date another CT scan will be done to allow comparison of progress (or not) of treatment.
  14. IanH

    IanH Active Member

    OK. I thought you were saying that the iodine was for therapeutic purposes.