Achieve Epic Immunity with Iodine
Iodine is a powerful and often underrated immunity biohack.
94 scientific papers documenting the connection to immunity can be found on Pubmed along with two clinical trials. Here we’ll break down the science and explain some of the crucial cofactors that really unleash Iodine...
It plays a crucial role in Modulating the Function of Human Immune Cells, according to recent American research, it’s an important ingredient in healthy thyroid function which underlies immune function.
Iodine is an essential element required for the function of all organ systems...
Overall, our studies reveal the novel network between human immune cells and thyroid-related molecules and highlight the importance of iodine in regulating the function of human immune cells.
A 2016 Indian study suggests that Iodine improved humoral immune gene expression, so it’s an epigenetic hack for smarter immunity.
30 studies draw a connection between Iodine deficiency and autoimmunity.
It reduces immune inflammation, via a minor reduction of Interleukin 6 and C-reactive protein according to a Spanish study of pregnant women.
Vs Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, from a 2015 paper out of the University of Sheffield in the UK
[Hashimoto's Thyroiditis] has a genetic predisposition with a number of immune-related and thyroid-specific genes conferring disease susceptibility... The recent increase in the incidence of [Hashimoto's Thyroiditis] implicates environmental factors in disease pathogenesis including improved hygiene, increased dietary iodine intake...
Is too much Iodine problematic? A population-based study and a dose-response meta-analysis of eligible epidemiological studies, which included nearly three thousand adults concluded that there is a...
U-shaped relationship between iodine intake and [thyroid autoimmunity] in adults, and both iodine deficiency and iodine excess are risk factors of [thyroid autoimmunity] in adults.
It’s safe for children, at least according to a 2016 paper that asserts, Iodine deficiency, not excess, is the cause of autoimmune thyroid disease.
A recent South Korean study evaluated over 4000 Koreans, testing both their Iodine and Vitamin D levels, it concluded
This nationwide survey revealed a significant association between vitamin D deficiency and high prevalence of thyroid autoimmunity and dysfunction in participants with excessive iodine intake.
So Vitamin D deficiency may be more to blame in cases of autoimmunity in people who are eating, for example, a lot of seafood.
There are five scientific papers published referencing Iodine and coronaviruses
Primarily they are evaluating povidone-iodine, which is an antiseptic form of Iodine, primarily used in hand sanitizers. Iodine is effective in Inactivation of SARS coronavirus, according to the science, at least in sanitizer solutions. This indicates that it belongs in your COVID-19 biohacker war chest.
Got a cat?
Our furry feline friends are the definitive carrier of Toxoplasma gondii, which results in Toxoplasmosis, an infectious disease with mild symptoms including body aches, headache, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, and fever along with more severe effects in the immune-compromised.
Interesting, an Indian study of about 200 people found an associated between Iodine deficiency and Toxoplasmosis
The possible association between iodine deficiency and toxoplasma infection is being reported for the first time in this preliminary study.
So it would seem that the immuno-deficit resulting from Iodine deficiency leaves us more vulnerable to Toxoplasmosis - let the cat-lover in your life know that they should probably supplement some Iodine!
Iodine vs Cancer
Women with lower levels of Iodide are at a much higher risk of breast cancer, it’s also a contributing factor in Fibromyalgia according to Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic.
Iodine vs Flouride
City water managers in many places and toothpaste manufacturers apparently think that we all need extra Flouride. Flouride in the tap water is not merely conspiracy lore, it’s a toxic threat to our collective health. We need extra Iodine because of the Flouride we (involuntarily) consume. A 2018 cross-sectional study of nearly seven million Canadians found a connection between fluoride, Iodine deficiencies, and thyroid dysfunction, it concluded
Adults living in Canada who have moderate-to-severe iodine deficiencies and higher levels of urinary fluoride may be at an increased risk for underactive thyroid gland activity.
Usage and Dosage
Iodine dosage is tricky because we all have different Iodine needs.
- Some studies administered as little as 100 - 300 micrograms
- 25 - 50 milligrams daily is recommended to otherwise healthy adults
- Should be taken with food.
- Take it earlier in the day as it can have an energizing effect that affects sleep.
- Flu-like symptoms are a result of the detoxification effect and tend to pass after a few days.
Iodine is not a one-man-band, there’s a couple of crucial vitamins and nutrients that it has synergies with in the body...
Historically, humans went to great lengths to get the Iodine we need, fishing or trading with coastal cultures to get seafood. In modernity, it’s a little more complicated, you could eat a lot of seafood but there are concerns with mercury contamination and the microplastics in fish. If you can afford to eat only the very finest fresh-caught fish all the time, you’re good. If not, it’s really smart to supplement it.
Irish Sea Moss - a natural Iodine source
This red alga is a multi-vitamin in a moss, it’s nutrient-dense, with 92 of the 102 minerals that make up the human body.
- Wildcrafted, harvested from the sea, not “factory farmed” in a swimming pool.
- Verified as pure and non-toxic by an American spectroscopy lab (view COA).
- Contains a number of Iodine’s cofactors, Vitamins A, C, E, F and K along with B vitamins, magnesium protein, beta-carotene, pectin, and sulfur which empower immunity.