Hashimoto’s and Iodine
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.