Lugol's Iodine, also known as Lugol's Solution of 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.
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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.
As a dietary supplement, take two (2) vertical drops daily in 8oz of liquid, or as directed by a healthcare professional. Do not consume iodine undiluted.
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Lugol's Iodine is made in varying concentrations ranging from 1 percent iodine to upwards of 15 percent iodine. However, in 2007 certain concentrations of Lugol's Iodine became regulated in the USA by the DEA, including Lugol's Iodine 5 percent in sizes greater than 1oz, in single transactions. Lugol's Iodine 2 percent is not regulated, and has roughly half the amount if iodine as Lugol's Iodine 5 percent.
As noted on the DEA website, because of the numerous legitimate uses for Lugol's Iodine, including the use as dietary source of iodine and for thyroid disease, the DEA made an exemption to the 2007 regulation which allows single transactions of Lugols Iodine 5 percent, in sizes up to 1 fluid ounce per bottle.
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.
Allergies to iodine are actually quite rare. Many people are not aware that 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 that support body functions. Low amounts of iodine can result in health issues. If anything, iodine may help prevent allergic reactions. Learn more about iodine allergies.
The range of opinions about how much iodine a person needs varies greatly among experts, practitioners and patients. The current Recommended Daily Amounts (RDAs) of iodine are based mainly on age and range from 110 mcg to 220-290 mcg per day. The above RDA recommendations are just a reference guide, however. Some patients following the Iodine Protocol might take as much as 50 mg a day or more. Iodine intake is different for everyone, depending on many factors. Always consult a medical practitioner who has experience with iodine therapy.
If you hold the dropper at an angle you will dispense almost double the amount of iodine for this reason its important to understand how to dispense an accurate amount. The proper way to to hold the dropper cap is in a normal vertical position, not titled on an angle. Then squeeze the rubber bulb one time to dispense a single drop.
No they are different. Thiodine Lugols Iodine is a dietary supplement it does not contain alcohol and is safe for consumption. Tincture of iodine is an antiseptic, made with alcohol for topical use, and should never be consumed.
We can't give medical advice. Please consult a doctor of pharmacist for drug interactions.
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. A Thiodine Lugol's Iodine tablet has 10 milligrams of potassium iodide. The iodide portion is approximately 7.5mg. Adding this to the 5 milligrams of iodine yields a total dose of 12.5 milligrams of iodide+iodine.
In the case of our Thiodine Lugol’s Solution of Iodine each vertical metric drop (0.05ml) is about 6.25 milligrams of iodine plus iodide deriving from 2.5 mg iodine and 5 mg of potassium iodide (3.75mg is the iodide part). Per two vertical metric drops there is about 12.50 milligrams of iodine and iodide; 5.0 mg iodine and 7.50 mg iodide.
There are varying opinions about the effects of vitamin C on Lugol's Iodine. Ascorbic acid in vitamin C converts iodine to iodide, turning the color from yellow to clear. For this reason, vitamin C is helpful for cleaning up Lugol's Iodine stains. How ascorbic acid affects iodine in the stomach is lesser known. Some experts say ascorbic acid does not affect iodine once inside the stomach. We prefer to be cautious and keep iodine separate from vitamin C.
Vitamin C offers a quick way to clean up accidental spills and stains from Lugol's Iodine. Using vitamin C either as ascorbic acid powder, or tablets of a vitamin C supplement, use a little water to make a paste and rub into the stain until it turns clear.
When following the suggested use for any of our products there should not be any issue with taking too much. But should you take too much by accident or are worried at all, please seek medical attention immediately.