Iodine

I am reading that we all need iodine in our diets, organic iodine, not the type found in common table salt. I don't have a thyroid gland. Removed 14 years ago due to accidentally finding thyCa under a benign lump on my thyroid gland. I am confused as I use levo thyroxine 5 x 100 and 2 x 125 which has been reduced quite a lot over the years. Started out on 150mcg a day. Over the years have had a lot of problems and lost a lot of bone in my hips (nobody told me about calcium levels), so now I have one hip which has been replaced. I try and keep to a good diet and exercise, but have always to be mindful of my bones. Anyway, should I be taking small amounts of the organic (Nascent) iodine which I saw in a health article. I will post my blood results also at some time, so the knowledgeable people on this site can check them out. Many thanks. Wonderful site.

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  • Pepekins, Type Iodine into the HU Search box. There are hundreds of posts discussing the merits and drawbacks of supplementing iodine. My opinion is that people on thyroid replacement should be getting their iodine requirement from Levothyroxine, T3 or NDT unless they have tested low for iodine. Others disagree.

  • I did not realise that I would get the trace amounts from the levo I am taking, thank you for that.

  • Pepekins, I think Levothyroxine supplies a lot more than trace amounts.

  • Oh does it supply sufficient iodine without supplementation?

  • About 65% by weight of levothyroxine is iodine.

    Add in what you get from all other sources. See what your starting point is.

    Most "common table salt" in the UK has, effectively NO iodine. You can buy iodised salt. Sea salt has very little iodine.

  • If you Don't have a thyroid, you Don't need as much iodine, anyway. The amount we really need is very small because iodine is recycled in the body. I Don't have a working thyroid - destroyed by Hashi's - and my iodine level is way over the top, just by taking thyroid hormone replacement.

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