Iodine Supplementation: How and Why?

Iodine: The Natural Solution

Orthoiodosupplementation is the daily amount of the essential element iodine needed for whole body sufficiency. Whole body sufficiency for iodine is assessed by an iodine/iodide loading test. The test consists of ingesting 1 tablet of a solid dosage form of Lugols solution, containing a total of 50 mg iodine/iodide. Then urinary iodide levels are measured in the following 24 hour collection. The iodine/iodide loading test is based on the concept that the normally functioning human body has a mechanism to retain ingested iodine until whole body sufficiency for iodine is achieved. During orthoiodosupplementation, a negative feedback mechanism is triggered that progressively adjusts the excretion of iodine to balance the intake. As the body iodine content increases, the percent of the iodine load retained decreases with a simultaneous increase in the amount of iodide excreted in the 24 hour urine collection. When whole body sufficiency for iodine is achieved, the absorbed iodine/iodide is quantitatively excreted as iodide in the urine. In the U.S. population, the percent of iodine load excreted in the 24 hour urine collection prior to orthoiodosupplementation averages 40% in more than 7,000 loading test performed by Dr. Jorge Flechas.-

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Phytonutrients: What are they?


Phytonutrients are chemicals produced by plants. Phytonutrients help plants in a variety of ways, such as repelling insect invaders and protecting the plant from radiation from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Researchers estimate that over 40,000 of these plant compounds exist.

People who eat plants rich in phytonutrients (you can tell which ones have the most phytonutrients by their deep color) experience benefits from these powerful antioxidants.  Cultures where diets are primarily plant-based tend to produce long-lived people with reduced rates of the myriad of health conditions that are common in populations that consume the standard American diet. Phytonutrients perform many functions throughout the body including – facilitating intercellular communication, repairing DNA damage, and activating the Nrf2 pathway.

It’s hard to document the exact effect these plant compounds have on human health as each phytonutrient affects multiple areas of the body. Also, phytonutrients work together to provide benefits in ways scientists may not yet completely understand. So isolating one phytonutrient and supplementing with it alone may not provide the benefits that a combination of phytonutrients can provide.-