The human body is a complex machine, evolved over time to use all kinds of minerals. One among them is Iodine. Your body requires the mineral to produce thyroid hormone, which is required for growth as well as regulating metabolism. For women, Idoine is especially important, as it is necessary for neonatal development. Indeed, pregnant women need much more iodine in their diet.
It’s not as easy as one might think to get iodine. You don’t need too much of it, but it’s a mineral that is found mostly in the ocean, so it can be tricky to come across. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s highly possible you’re not getting enough. One way to ensure you’re getting enough iodine is through supplements, so we’ve put together a list of items you may need to supplement your diet.
1. Genestra Brands – Liquid Iodine
“I bought this for my sister who’s thyroid condition had been out of control. She has been taking medicine for 6 years starting at 50mg daily and increased over time to 125mg. My sister has only been getting worse she deals with mood swings, feeling sick and a lot of weight gain. She was worried about feeling worse so I decided to buy the GENESTRA LIQUID IODINE. She has been using it for closer to 30 days now and had been feeling great.”
2. Best Naturals Kelp Supplement
Best Natural’s Kelp Supplement is Kelp-based, containing no Artiﬁcial Color, Flavor or Sweetener, No Preservatives, No Sugar, No Starch, No Corn, No Soy, No Egg, No Lactose, No Gluten, No Wheat, No Yeast, No Fish, or Sodium. At $9.31 it’s one of the more affordable options. Rodney says:
“I’m not a nutritionist, but I’ve read a lot on iodine. The RDA of iodine is 150 mcg. You can get too much iodine, but for adults, you’d have to get over 1100 mcg. For children, it’s lower.”
3. Nascent Iodine Premium Formula Supplement Drops
“I was a bit skeptical about Nascent Iodine, but a friend I highly respect swears by it. I bought this bottle and received it promptly. I was impressed with the packaging… Very high quality. The dropper worked great as well. But what surprised me most was that the supplement actually works really well (for me at least)! I feel more energetic and have more focus.”
4. Detoxadine Certified Organic Premium Nascent Iodine Supplement
Detoxadine Nascent Iodine is GMO-Free; Cruelty-Free; Gluten-Free; Made in the USA; No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or alcohol. At $29.95, it’s one of the more expensive liquid options, but also highly rated. One user says:
“I got this product because my mother has hypothyroidism and had been feeling unbearably tired despite faithfully taking levothyroxine for years. I did some research and found that her issue Is likely iodine deficiency and estrogen dominance (which is the case for all those with autoimmune diseases).
She said after taking the 6 drops of iodine her energy has increased by 80% and is sustained throughout the day. It is the most energy she’s had since she can remember. Yay!”
5. Natural Vitamin Co. Kelp with Iodine
“So far I love the product and will wait to see what my labs are like in a few months. The ordering, shipping and receiving went off without any glitches.”
“Arrived as expected and in excellent condition. A friend, herbologist, recommended this because she suspected I had a Thyroid problem. She said that it would take 4-6 weeks for it to take effect. I noticed a difference 2 weeks in. I highly recommend this. The bottle says take 1 a day. Each pill is 225mg. The daily recommend dose of Kelp is no more than 500mg a day. I have been taking 2 a day, 1 with breakfast and 1 with lunch. Tons of energy for a small price. I recommend this product and the seller.”
7. Bradeson Natural’s Women’s Multivitamin Supplement
Bradeson Natural’s Women’s Multivitamin Supplement has over twenty vitamins in minterals in every dose, designed to support women’s health. At $15.76. One user says:
“I am very happy with this product. I always feel better when taking these vitamins and I love that it’s natural and not loaded with all that extra processing our body doesn’t need. Great company, great product.”
8. Oregon’s Wild Harvest Kelp
“After taking this for a month with some other organic vitamins I have noticed my energy levels have gone up. I heard most Americans are deficient in iodine and that is why they add a processed form to salt. Rather than have the processed form I use sea salt or naturally mined salt without additives along with other gourmet salts. On the advice of a friend, I started adding this to my routine. I have to say that I seem to be getting sick less.”
9. GoNutrients Iodine Edge
“I’ve been taking it over a month and have noticed drastic benefits to all these categories and highly recommend NASCENT iodine over other types. Why? Nascent is atomically active which can remove bonds from your body from bromide (on everything from bread, no longer iodine) to fluoride (neurotoxin that calcifies the pineal gland, responsible for melatonin production for sleep and a direct correlation to Alzheimer’s) and chloride and replaces it with iodine.”
10. Peak Performance Raw Whole Food Iodine
“Of all the sources of iodine, this is the absolute best option available on the market! Any nutritionist/dietitian worth their salt will tell you that getting minerals derived from food is the best way to get supplementation. Iodine from raw food is the most easily absorbed as opposed to synthetic iodine.”
11. Yuve Natural Sea Kelp Supplement
Yuve Thyroid Health is Non-GMO, gluten-free. Also free of wheat, soy, yeast, sugar, sodium, artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, colors, and peanuts. No added harmful chemicals or pesticides. Suitable for kids. $15.99. Rhonda says:
“I have been taking these for a few days now and already feel like i am having more energy, I have gotten a few supplements and wondered if this one would really help but i know i have a little more energy than i usually do and hope that in a few more weeks i feel even more energized and healthy. sea kelp is such an amazing resource for health issues and this is vegan and a really well made supplement.”
12. Now Foods Kelp
“I was clearly iodine deficient, because I noticed a difference right away after starting to use this product. The energy and hair loss I was experiencing have significantly decreased after only two weeks. I, personally, am not crazy about the taste (tastes like the bay), but the taste does not linger or repeat, so it should not be a factor in consideration of this product.”
13. Swanson Premium Brand Kelp Iodine
“This Kelp has been of good value to me because I tend to have slightly low thyroid function. I take one daily and now I have more energy. I do believe the Kelp helps. Also, the Swanson brand I have used for years and I trust this brand.”
14. One A Day Women’s Multi Gummies
“It’s hard to find the value size of these gummy multivitamins and they’re now changing the formula to where they added more biotin, which I don’t like. I was very pleased to find these because these are still the old formula that I know and love. I’ve been taking these everyday for over four years and they have gelatin in them (gummies are made with gelatin) and gelatin is really good for nail health. I’m a generally healthy person, these taste great. I’m very pleased with my purchase.”
15. Nascent Iodine High Potency Thyroid Support
“Purchased because my throat/thyroid was hurting me, feeling weird. I had gone to my doctor and lab work showed my thyroid levels were slightly low but mostly fine, nothing the doctor wanted to give me medicine to treat. I still felt I maybe was needing some extra thyroid support. This helped me feel better, strange pain in throat went away and felt like I had a slight increase in energy.”
Of course, there’s plenty of ways to get iodine in the food you eat. We’ve selected a few of our favorites in the recipes below.
Kelp Noodles in Peanut-Miso Sauce
As you saw above, kelp is rich with iodine, so why not enjoy it out of pill form? The crunchy texture of Koko Brill’s Kelp Noodles in Peanut-Miso Sauce is not like those of regular noodles, but delicious in it’s own way. They are versatile and can be used raw (they are considered a raw food), or heated in stir-fries.
Marinated Zucchini and Seaweed Salad
And there you have it. More ways to get iodine than you probably need! Remember, even if you don’t think you need more iodine in your diet if you are nursing, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, it’s a good idea to check your iodine level.
For more iodine-infused foods, ew also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
Lead Image Source: Shutterstock