Lugol's Iodine Supplements

How To Take Lugol's

Posted by John (Trang, Thailand) on 07/13/2009

Lugol's Aqueous Iodine 5%. I bought from the Trang Hospital with an expiry date, Oct 9th 2009.

1. Can it go off? What happens?
2. After taking it, what are likely side effects/ adverse reactions if any?
3. No distilled water here. Rain water OK?
4. Take the drops before eating or after?
5. How do I tell if cadmium, mercury, fluoride, chlorine etc. have left me?

Replied by Magnolia16
(Virginia)
11/08/2016

Could someone tell me how to take these drops that masks the taste? Is it safe to put in the morning coffee, juice? It really makes me gag but offers so much. All I have seen is to put it in water and that is hard for me to swallow.

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee)
11/08/2016

Dear Magnolia,

I think some people put it in coffee. I have done that. You don't even notice the taste of one drop. (Or, at least I don't! )

I agree - it does taste dreadful! :(

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Magnolia16
(Virginia)
11/09/2016

Thank you. That is what I have been doing, but didn't know if the heat killed the good stuff! I upped my dosage and think this is what I needed. Love this site - have recommended it to many!

Replied by Timh
(Ky)
11/10/2016
2104 posts

M: I add Iodine to a gallon of purified water in a plastic jug and last 2 or 3 days, so there's no bad taste problem. For additional Iodine one can take Kelp tablets or Potassium Iodine tablets.

Replied by Sarani
(North Carolina, Usa)
03/21/2017

You can make your own distilled water with tap water. RAIN WATER CONTAINS CONTAMINATES COLLECTED FROM THE AIR. Search YouTube: How to make distilled water. It says use a clean, big tall stainless steel pot as others can contaminate. Add tap water 1/4 up from bottom. Put a glass bowl which floats higher than the water level in. Place the clean lid upside down on top of the pot. Get a bag of ice ready. Turn the stove on to a boil. Put ice cubes on top of lid. The steam will rise, hit the cold lid, n drip distilled water into bowl. When the ice cubes melt, use a potholder n empty the lid. Don't let the distilled water in the bowl boil so lower the heat. Keep repeating with ice until u hv the amount of distilled water that u need. Use a big lid so u can put a bunch of ice on. Turn off the stove, let cool and use a clean ladle to put the distilled water in a mason jar. Place it in a dark storage/cabinet. Good luck!

Replied by Rosemary
(Qld, Australia)
02/27/2018

I put mine into my morning mix of brewers yeast and yogurt, taste is very minimal.

Replied by Shalom
(Ca)
10/09/2020

Marie, do you or your friend take it with other supplements to avoid the die-off effects? How often do you take it and how many drops? Can you give us more details and what benefits you saw. I tried it and had terrible die-off effects so I stopped taking it, but I was still feeling sick for a few weeks after.


Hypertrophic Scars

Posted by Elle_grey (Outer Limits, Usa) on 02/04/2014

Hi- I'm interested in using Lugol's iodine to diminish the appearance of several hypertrophic scars. I've tried other procedures with little to no effect. I'd like some feedback not only on the effectiveness of using Lugol's iodine, but also what I might expect throughout the healing process. Thanks for your help!


Iodine Warnings

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Posted by James (Seattle, Washington) on 06/26/2007

Lugo's iodine caused my heart to palpitate (and not in a good way; the bad way). So I thought no more Lugo's. I felt bad because I read the health benefits on this site and others and I could not take even one drop. Then while reasearching fatty acid metabolism I found that you use a lot of vitamin B-1, B-6 and B-12. All the of these B's have heart palpitaions as a sign of their deficiencies. So I took all three. Now I can take Lugo's. Yeah!

Also selenium and zinc deficiencies can cause heart palpatations. So if you can't take iodine because of the heart quivers you might have a deficiency you need to correct first.

Replied by Joan
(Virginia, US)
11/04/2014
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I get heart palpitations when I drink coffee or tea. It's the caffeine for me. So I add a bit of organic BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES to my coffee. That prevents me from having heart palpitations. BSM contains several minerals, which coincides with your theory that heart palpitations are as a result of a mineral deficiency.


Lugol's and Vitamin C

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Posted by Diane (Framingham, Ma.) on 02/27/2015

Hello, I've heard conflicting reports about Vit c and Lugols...If I take both together does the vit c negate the effects of the Lugols?

Thank you much...Color me confused...

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando)
02/28/2015

Hi Diane...In answer to your question -- it really depends on what benficial action you want from the lugol's iodine.

Ted rightly advises that you should take lugols iodine (LI) with vitamin C on a health basis. Taking it like this beneficially increases the electrons or negative onductivity in your body and therefore increases the alkalinity of the body with many other attending benefits from vitamin C. Now I'm going to get a bit technical to show you another benefit of this mix. LI consists of molecular iodine plus potassium iodide in water. But if you add drops of LI to vitamin c in solution then the molecular iodine will all converted to iodide and that's why the solution goes clear. Not only that, but the molecular iodine oxidizes some of the vitamin c and converts it to dehydroascorbic acid(DHA). This is highly beneficial because DHA is absorbed into the body more quickly and in much greater amounts than ordinary vit c or ascorbic acid. What's more ordinary vit c cannot penetrate the blood/bone or blood brain barrier whereas DHA can.

The main reason for taking LI on it own with just water is to supply both the molecular ione form and the iodide form to satisfy your whole body's daily need for iodine/iodide. For example, the thyroid can only absorb the iodide form whereas a woman's breasts(and some other organs) need to absorb it in the molecular iodine form. Every cell in the body needs and uses iodine/iodide. Therefore, in this instance, if your whole body(incl. thyroid) is iodine deficient then you should take just the Lugol's Iodine Protocol shown here.

Just finally to also clarify the myth where some people still actually believe that all you need to do to heal iodine deficiency in the thyroid is just to take small doses of the iodide form. But what many people tend to forget is that if their thyroid is deficient in iodine then their whole body will also be deficient in iodine/iodide as well. Remember that every cell in your body needs and uses iodine/iodine. To illustrate the importance of this -- the thyroid needs to store about 50 mgs of iodine per day for proper operation. The rest of the body(excl. the thyroid) needs to store about 1500 mgs of iodine per day to remain healthy. That means that the rest of the body needs to store 1500/50 = 30 times more iodine than the thyroid. And so if you think of your low iodine problem as just being purely a thyroid problem then I'm afraid that you will have missed the boat entirely with your own thinking. So if you do have a thyroid problem then you should logically always act to satisfy the whole body's need for iodine/iodide as well.


Lugol's and Vitamin C
Posted by Blissblues (Usa) on 01/18/2015

This post seems so intelligent & thorough. Thank you!

My sole issue was comment suggesting to take along with asorbic acid, because it states at 1/2 dozen+ websites: NOT to take the iodine within 20 minutes of Vit. C.

I'd really like to see someone knowledgeable address this disparity, because I just started a 1 drop daily morning regimen which I carefully time to wait 1/2 hour to take my vit c afterwards. (which I used to just mix directly in my morning coffee/tea, along with turmeric, etc. And a pile of everything else! :-) Decades including kelp and red algae, so now I am very confused.

Does that mean I never got the iodine from latter because took same time as Vit C? This is a person who also loves her seaweed in soups, beans, etc.

Yet my iodide patch disappears within hours. Comments welcome, many thanks again!

Thank you again!

Replied by I 4 Me And U
(Great Plains, Us)
02/27/2015
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Your liquid iodine I am assuming is Lugols Solution. Vit.C, more properly known as ascorbic acid, reacts immediately with elemental iodine in a redox reaction that changes some or all of the elemental iodine into iodide. The issue is not that you lose all benefit by mixing with Vit.C, since the iodide form is used by some tissues, like Thyroid. But you lose some or all of the elemental iodine form when you mix Lugols with Vit.C, and, in turn, you lose some or all of the benefit of the elemental form in that dose that is apparently required or preferred by many tissues, such as breast, ovaries, and prostate. BTW, Kelp acts as a seawater filter and picks up relatively high concentrations of toxins, including arsenic, which is why it really is not a good source of iodine.


Lugol's and Vitamin E

Posted by Bcnu147 (Wa, US) on 01/04/2015

Some years ago, reading the book Adelle Davis wrote called, Let's Get Well, I came across what she said about Lugol's Iodine. She said that if Lugol's Iodine is not taken with Vitamin E, the thyroid only takes up about 5% but if it is taken with Vitamin E, it takes up as much as 95%. This was crucial information for me because at that time, I had hashimoto's thyroiditis. I made her High Protein drink every morning to which I added these and then drank a couple of ounces every couple of hours.

Many people have criticised Adelle Davis in the past and labelled her as a 'quack.' If they check out her credentials, they should realise she was NOT.

She was a qualified Biochemist, who cared enough about people, to work as a dietician in order to help them directly.

Replied by Geraldine R.
(Turkey)
06/11/2015

How much vitamin E is necessary daily and can you recommend any particular type?

Replied by Mzchynna
(Detroit, Mi)
06/24/2015

How do you feel since you have been doing this. I am very hypothyroid


Lugol's Formulation

Posted by Connie (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA) on 09/06/2009

Is this like Lugol's?

At the local grocery store, I stumbled on two little bottle of "Iodine Tincture USP" and I'm wondering if this is like Lugol's. Under active ingredients it says, "Iodine tincture U.S.P. 100% (2% iodine)...... First aid antiseptic. It doesn't say what else is in it, no secret peel-back label, and the product's website was minimal and unhelpful. Naturally the bottle declares it for external use only, with a cute little red scull and crossbones on the front of the label. Is the USP 100% some kind of standard wherein it would be possible to ascertain any additional unmentioned ingredients?

This is one of those mysterious happenings, actually. I was wandering through town aimlessly, and figured I'd wander through the grocery store. I was feeling very aimless. Looking through the shelves of pharmacy offerings I began looking for items Ted had mentioned. Potassium Citrate contained sucrolose..... I perused the shelves for several minutes. Then, stashed behind some hanging items were two little bottle of iodine, similar to the kind I'd been meaning to buy online. I failed to find the price on the shelves, as well as any additional bottles. The clerk scanned them at about $3 each. I felt less aimless. Went home.

EC: Don't think so...

According to this website: http://www.sciencelab.com/page/S/PVAR/10416/SLI1597

Iodine Tincture, 2% (w/v), USP

Alcohol Content (C2H5OH) 44.0-50.0%
Assay for Iodine (I) 1.8-2.2 g/100 ml
Assay for Sodium Iodide (NaI) 2.1-2.6 g/100 ml


Lugol's Ingredients:

1. Potassium iodide: 10 g
2. Distilled water: 100 ml
3. Iodine crystals: 5 g
 

Replied by Kathy
(Dubois, Pa)
09/06/2009

The alcohol in the idodine solution is probably methyl (wood) alcohol, or denatured in some way, and must not be taken internally because it is poisonous. The law does not allow ethyl (drinkable) alcohol to be used in any products like antiseptics or cosmetics.

Replied by Citygirl27
(Richardson, Tx, Usa)
06/11/2012

Please, do not consume first aid Iodine tincture thinking it is the same as Lugol's. First aid Iodine tincture contains a high amount of methyl alcohol and or ammonia which indeed are dangerous. EC - would it be a good idea to put an alert or 'Important! ' message at the top of the Iodine section to not confuse the two and to not take Iodine tincture internally?

I have Lugol's and just need to learn how to appropriately use it. To answer my prev. post about how much is needed, I am finding out it is dependent on a lot of things including gender, past medication history, and prior exposure to flouride and bromine. I found from watching the YouTube videos that we need almost 100 times more than is put in a single "serving" of iodine (USA)! Wow...


Lugol's Iodine Companion Nutrients

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Posted by Lauren (Tucson, Arizona) on 01/17/2015
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Iodine has wonderful health benefits and you must take the companion nutrients along with it in order for it to be beneficial -- otherwise you will most probably have health problems. It is imperative to add this information and information on the salt loading protocol to the main description of iodine on this earth clinic site, to avoid people having problems with iodine and perpetuating the myth that iodine is bad for you. Please, if you have privileges to do that, do your research and add information on the the hyper-importance of the companion nutrients and salt loading to the description of iodine.

The companion nutrients are: selenium (200 to 600 micrograms); magnesium (400 - 600 milligrams); Vitamin C (3,000 to 10,000 milligrams); 1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt per day. If a person has autoimmune thyroid disease they would add Vitamins B2 and B3 - 100 mg riboflavin and 500 mg niacin, 1-2x per day. (People with autonomous nodule (toxic nodule) of the thyroid should not take iodine, so it is important for people with thyroid nodules to find out if the nodule is caused by Graves' Disease or a toxic nodule (Toxic Multinodular Goiter) -- see Grave's remission case report on jeffreydachmd.com).

If you want to avoid the flush from niacin (the flush is not a health problem, but some people prefer not to experience it), then go with the niacinimide form (inositol hexanicotinate); stay completely away from the "timed release" or slow release forms of B3 as they have caused problems.

Iodine, which is very good for health, is in the same category of elements as bromide, chlorine, and fluoride, which are toxic to the human body. This category is called halogens -- they all go to the same receptors in our cells. We are surrounded by the toxic halogens, contained, for example, in our water supply and in things like flame retardant on mattresses. If a person has toxic halogens stored in their cells, when they take iodine, the iodine will begin to displace the toxic halogens, kicking them back into the bloodstream, and then the kidneys will excrete them through the urine. If the toxic halogens start hanging out in the bloodstream for a while before the kidneys can excrete them, they can cause a whole host of detox symptoms, so it is important to know that taking half a teaspoon of unrefined salt in 8 ounces of water, followed immediately by 12 ounces clear, filtered water will help the kidneys flush the toxic halogens right away (the sodium binds with the halogens). See breastcancerchoices.org for the salt-loading protocol as well as a list of bromide detox symptoms and iodine-literate practitioners. This is one reason why some people get confused and think they are "allergic" to iodine -- they take iodine without companion nutrients or without doing the salt push should they experience bromide detox.

One way to avoid detox symptoms altogether is to take one drop of 5% Lugol's solution per day, along with the companion nutrients, for one week. The next week increase to 2 drops per day, and so on, until reaching 16 drops per day, which is 100 milligrams of iodine. Another way, which I am less familiar with but which is described at curezone.com, is to start right away with 16 drops of Lugol's 5% (100 milligrams iodine) or iodine in pill form, per day. Some people have experienced freedom from asthma using that dose. See curezone for that info as well as the other conditions that have iodine has affected positively. It can take quite a while at 100 milligrams (or more) per day to reach a state of iodine sufficiency. The length of time it takes depends on how ill a person is, for example it might take 6 months for a healthy person, or 3 years for someone with cancer. Once sufficiency is reached, the protocol is to drop down to a maintenance dose of, say, 50 mg per day.

Good sources of information on iodine are optimox.com (lots of medical articles), steppingstonesliving.com, which has a free download guide to supplementing with iodine, curezone.com and the iodine yahoo group. Hakalalabs.com offers iodine testing.


Lugol's Iodine Side Effects

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Posted by Hisjewel (Usa) on 02/14/2018
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I remember inquiring for help concerning the tingly sometimes, burning feeling on my face. I had started thinking it was stress.

I got some advice that got me through that time.

Soon I stopped using some of my supplements then start back up again.

Well, I had stopped using the Iodine. I had been obviously taking too many drops for me, about 4 drops of 5mgs or 7mgs of Lugols Iodine in a glass of water.

Any way I wanted to kill an infection, so I started back on the iodine. One to two drops in water this time, plus a little on infected area. I began to feel that old tingly burning feeling in the face again.

It good to know what is causing a situation, then we wont be trying to fix it while still consuming the cause.

I only took it a few days this time. Just enough for my healing.

HisJewel


Lugol's Vs. Nascent Iodine

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Posted by Kitty (Niagara Falls, Ny) on 02/12/2018
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I just read your very informative article about Lugol's Iodine. Would I be able to get an answer if there is a difference between Nascent Iodine and Lugol's Iodine? ..... I went to 4 different Dr's to get my thyroid levels checked, about 2 years ago, and all the test came back normal. But after researching it, I realized there was something wrong with my thyroid I had all the classic symptoms of a low thyroid. After more research I bought the Nacsent Iodine and started taking it, but found that taking it orally was not possible for me, too many side effects. I started applying it to my skin which worked much better for me. I started out with 4 drops, 1 each to my inner thighs, and the other 2, one each to my inner wrist. The first 6-8 months they disappeared rather quickly, sometimes within 2-3 hours. I used this method for about 2 years and have never felt better. After that, I only used it on my wrists, and now it depends, most times one drop will do it. But after reading your article on Lugol's I am wondering if it would be better if I used "it" instead of the Nascent Iodine. I very much would appreciate your help. I would use it in the same manner. Thank you very much. Kitty.

Replied by Diane
(Austin)
06/16/2018

Stick with Nascent.


Lugol's and Irradiation

Posted by A (Southern, Ca) on 03/29/2013

Just received a Lugol's solution in the mail, through Amazon. I don't know if it traveled via airplane at some point, but it just struck me that there's lots of radiation up in the atmosphere now. Not to mention that many things do get irradiated through the mail as a standard procedure anyways.

Does anyone know whether the iodine particles in the solution can turn into a radionuclide form because of this? Can the irradiation make it harmful rather than medicinal?

I know that at least Iodine 131 has a relatively short half-life. So if this were the case, that the tincture may have become radioactive, maybe just wait so many days before using it?

Sorry if this topic was already covered - I don't have time to search the whole site. Take care

Replied by Brenda
(Las Vegas , Nevada)
01/03/2014

I would be more concerned about your proximity to Japan and Fukushima and inhaling the particulates from the power plants blowing up, being on the west coast, then your Lugols solution going radioactive. This is why I am considering taking it.

Replied by Jenn
(Coborra, Australia)
01/11/2015

Lugol's and irradiation..

If it was proper Lugols it would have come in dark glass...also iodine is one of the treatments for radiation...and quite frankly I'd worry more about the air I was breathing than worrying about radiation in the atmosphere..it's been here since day one and will be here long after we've gone...


Lugol's Formulation

Posted by SKS (Ann Arbor, Michigan) on 11/16/2007

First of all, thank you so much for this great website! Regarding Lugol's Iodine, apparently, its formulation has been changed. I purchased it on the web and received a brochure along stating that effective August 31, 2007 Lugol's would only be available as 2% iodine:4% K Iodide:94% dist.H2O...


Lugol's Formulation
Posted by Marie (St. Louis, MO) on 10/21/2007

Iodine - people need lugol's. This stuff from the pharmacy is not enough. Lugol's has the TWO forms of iodine used by both thyroid and breasts, ovaries and prostate. It has to be ordered online. I noticed in your comments people were buying it from the pharmacy. And that's not the right stuff. jcrow.com has increased their prices so I'm on the hunt for another source.

Replied by Marie
(St. Louis, MO)
10/21/2007

I can't believe she has produced a product that is NOT Lugol's and has a label that says it is Lugol's. The iodine everyone needs is iodine AND potassium iodide in a very specific ratio. Dr H. Clark's doesn't seem to be that type.

Replied by Bill
(Longmont, Colorado)
12/03/2008

The reason Lugol's is made the way it is is because it is a constant concentration solution of Iodine. If some of the water evaporates over time, a drop still has 6.5 mg of elemental iodine in it. This makes it a very safe way to administer iodine.

Replied by Brianh
(Austin, Tx)
11/07/2015

If water evaporates from Lugol's the solution will become more concentrated and one drop (generally = 0.05ml) will contain more than 6.25mg of total Iodine + Iodide in a drop. But keeping the bottle covered should make this not a problem.


Lugol's Iodine Contraindications

Posted by Beberobozo ( New York) on 10/21/2013

Iodine Painting:

Hello, I am 59 year old female and just ordered some Lugols iodine and then I used it for a day and then looked up on webMD and lifescript and even here on EC that you cannot use Iodine if you are on certain high blood pressure medications which I am for now.. Been using natural things as complimentary .. going to find the balance ... Is this true? Can't use iodine at all? Thank You.


Lugol's Iodine Side Effects

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Posted by Sue (Malaysia ) on 07/02/2020
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Started Lugol s iodine a month ago. Started slow with one drop for 1 week plus, right now I am on 3-4 drops daily (5%). I have adenomyosis and read about all the good of iodine. However, ever since started taking iodine, I don't seem to sleep so well, I have few / some hot flushes daily, and most of all I missed my period during month of May.

Would be pleased if anyone with experiences r able to advise.

Thanks.

Sue

Replied by Anon
(Anon)
07/03/2020

Hi Sue!

Iodine is not expected to disrupt the menstrual cycle or cause hot flushes from what I have read, although it can change hormone levels.

Are you 40 to 50 years of age? You may be experiencing the beginning of menopause.

There are herbs which encourage menstruation, herbs which delay it, and herbs which balance the hormones. You might consider using vitex/chasteberry in addition to the iodine to balance the hormones while the iodine does its work.

If it is indeed menopause you may consider black cohosh, maca, and sage leaf to relieve the discomforts.

You may also consider taking kelp rather than Lugol's iodine, as kelp offers additional nutrients your body may be in need of, as well as iodine.

Replied by Katherine
(Vacaville Ca)
08/13/2020

Don't take iodine at night. It is a stimulator.



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