Hashimoto’s and Iodine

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Iodine supplementation has become a bit of a heated topic and I see posts online where individuals advocate for its use.

However, I strongly recommend against it and have outlined some of those reason below:

  • Iodine supplementation stimulates inflammation and oxidative stress within the thyroid gland


  • The oxidative reaction and inflammation promote destruction of thyroid peroxidase (TPO), thyroglobulin (TG) and thyrocytes (the follicular cells in the thyroid gland)


  • The destruction of follicular cells within the thyroid causes a release of thyroid hormone into the circulation therefore increasing in metabolic rate. à which is why some people feel better when they first take iodine; their energy goes up, and they may lose a little weight. However, the opposite is also true, and some people may feel worse by the release of extra thyroid hormone and experience bouts of anxiety, palpitations, jitteriness and insomnia.


  • Overtime, the destruction of the follicular cells results in the thyroid’s decreased ability to make thyroid hormone and progressive destruction of the thyroid gland.



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