Common Customer Questions

What is Lugol's Iodine?

Lugol's Iodine, also known as Lugol's Solution, and Strong Iodine, is an aqueous mixture of potassium iodide and iodine in a 2 to 1 ratio. Lugol's Iodine was discovered in 1829 by the French physician Jean Lugol. The World Health Organization includes Lugol's Iodine on the List of Essential Medicines, as one of the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. Lugol's is

Is it safe to ingest Lugol's Iodine?

The World Health Organization includes Lugol's Iodine on the List of Essential Medicines, as one of the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. When taking Lugol's Iodine always consult an iodine literate practitioner.

How is Thiodine Lugol's Iodine different from Nascent iodine?

There are several key differences between Thiodine Lugol's Iodine and nascent iodine products. Most importantly, Thiodine is considered a "complete" source of iodine because it contains both essential forms of iodine needed by the body. These two forms of iodine are called potassium iodide and molecular iodine. For these reasons, Thiodine is an excellent source of iodine compared to nascent. In terms of cost, some nascent iodine products contain small amounts of potassium iodide which makes them more expensive per milligram than Thiodine Lugol's Iodine. Thiodine has 5000% more total iodine per bottle than most nascent iodine products. In addition, Thiodine is a water-based solution of Lugol's Iodine which means it does not contain alcohol or fillers. Some forms of nascent iodine contain alcohol and others use glycerin. 


What is the difference between Lugol's Iodine 2% and Lugol's Iodine 5%?

The Lugol's Iodine formula is a chemical mixture created in 1829 is an ideal ratio of potassium iodide with 5% molecular iodine. Lugol's Iodine products are made in varying concentrations ranging from 1% iodine to upwards of 15% iodine.  Lugol's Iodine 2% is about half the amount of iodine per drop compares to Lugol's Iodine 5%. The different percentage amounts are more of a modern marketing strategy rather than offering a real difference in the product. The original Strong Iodine, or Lugol's Iodine solution is 5%. However, there are other more important factors than iodine percentages to consider when choosing a Lugol's Iodine product including iodine quality, source, manufacturing standards. There is little oversight to ensure products are what they claim. That's why its our promise to make the best Lugol's Iodine supplement in the USA using iodine that's sustainably-sourced in the USA, USP Grade, 99.8% pure, and manufactured under strict cGMP guidelines with quality testing.


What are the DEA regulations for Lugol's Iodine?"

In 2007, the DEA added iodine to the List I chemical in strengths greater than 5%. Exempted from the regulation are 1 oz bottles of 5% in single transactions. At Miss Lizzy, we follow the proper procedures under the DEA regulations. Please visit the DEA website to lean more.

Does Lugol's Iodine help people lose weight?

Thiodine Lugol's Iodine contains the two vital forms of iodine needed by the body, potassium iodide and iodine. The thyroid gland is a vital part of the endocrine system which controls metabolism. To function properly in creating thyroid hormone, the thyroid gland requires iodine in the form of potassium iodide. Other tissues in the body including the ovaries, breasts, prostate and eyes need iodine. Some people have found that Lugol's Iodine helped with them weight loss, others did not, but each person is different. Results vary by individual. Always consult an iodine literate medical expert.

Is Lugol's Iodine safe for people with iodine allergies?

Contrary to common belief, iodine isn't an allergen. Iodine allergies are rare. When a person has an iodine "allergy" the majority of the time they were allergic to that contained iodine -- like shellfish, vinyl, or contrast dye -- but not the iodine itself. This is great news because it means Lugol's Iodine isn’t an allergen. Iodine does not trigger an allergic reaction because it is found naturally inside the body. Iodine also occurs naturally in some food sources, such as fish. Iodine is a mineral that all humans need. Iodine is a vital nutrient needed for development and growth. Iodine is used by the thyroid gland to make hormones and supports many important functions throughout the body.  In fact, there may be greater health risks from not having enough iodine compared to iodine allergies. If anything, iodine may help prevent allergic reactions.

Is Lugol's Iodine the same as Tincture of Iodine?

No. Lugol's Iodine solution is very different from Tincture of Iodine. Thiodine is the water-based Lugol's Iodine solution. Thiodine is a dietary supplement and it does not contain alcohol which means it is safe for consumption. Tincture of iodine is an antiseptic made with alcohol for topical use. Tincture of iodine should never be consumed.

Can Lugol's Iodine be taken with other medications?

Like vitamin C, vitamin D, or magnesium, iodine is an essential mineral needed for human health. Some doctors may recommend iodine in companion to other protocols, but each person is different. We can't give medical advice, so please consult a doctor of pharmacist for drug interactions.

How many milligrams of iodine is in Thiodine Lugol's Iodine solution?

The amount of iodine in Lugol's solution varies depending on the concentration. All forms of Lugol's Iodine have a 2 to 1 ratio of potassium iodide and iodine. Thiodine lugol's iodine has 7.5 milligrams of potassium iodide and 5 milligrams of iodine, for a total of 12.5 milligrams of iodine per serving. 


Each single (5mL) metric drop contains about 6.25 milligrams of iodine and potassium iodide; 2.5 mg is iodine and 3.75 mg potassium iodide. 


In two small drops there is about 12.50 milligrams of iodine and potassium iodide; 5.0 mg iodine and 7.50 mg potassium iodide.

How many drops of Lugol's Iodine should I take a day?

When it comes to iodine supplementation with Lugol's Iodine, everyone is different. Medical practitioners, iodine experts, and patients having varying opinions and experiences on iodine use. 


The current Recommended Daily Amounts (RDAs) of iodine are based mainly on age and range from 110 mcg to 220-290 mcg per day.  However,  the RDA recommendations are a reference guide. Some experts recommend as much as 25 - 50 mg a day. Iodine intake is different for everyone.  Always consult a medical practitioner who has experience with iodine therapy.

Can I take Lugol's Iodine with orange juice, vitamin C, or citrus acid?

There are varying opinions about the effects of vitamin C on Lugol's Iodine. According to lab testing, ascorbic acid in vitamin C can convert iodine to iodide, turning the iodine color from yellow to clear. For this reason, vitamin C may be helpful for cleaning up Lugol's Iodine stains. How the effects of vitamin C and iodine in the stomach are lesser known. Some experts say ascorbic acid does not affect iodine once inside the stomach, others say it does. We prefer to be cautious and keep iodine separate from vitamin C.

I spilled Lugol's Iodine, how do I clean the stain?

Rest assured, any stains from Lugol's Iodine will fade over time. If you're in a hurry, try using vitamin C to clean up accidental spills and stains from Lugol's Iodine. To quickly clean up a Lugol's Iodine stain try rubbing ascorbic acid powder into the stain until the color turns clear. Or crush a vitamin C tablet and rub into the stain.

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