I recently started taking Nascent Iodine having been told in July my thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) was 4.9, then in September went down to 2.5. I had my thyroid peroxidase antibodies checked which were normal or less than 28. I was relectant to take iodine previously due to a risk of exacerbating any Hashimotos (thyroid autoimmune disease) but I learnt that taking selenium alongside iodine is the best way to mitigate any side effects and actually helps convert T4 to T3- the body ready version of thyroid hormone.
This is a really good video which helps to explain, the importance of selenium when taking iodine. I would recommend anyone planning on taking iodine get their thyroid peroxidase anti bodies checked.
As described in the video T4 is the amino acid L-tyrosine bound to 4 molecules of iodine and 3 if its T3.
I am only taking one drop of Nascent Iodine and 0.5mls of Ionic Selenium but I have noticed an improvement in my energy levels and cognitive function. H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) is produced in the thyroid when the body takes iodine from the bloodstream and converts it to T4. It is critical that you take selenium alongside the iodine as this helps the conversion of T4 to T3 and also helps to convert any H2O2 to H2O (water).
It is extremely important to care for your adrenals also when improving thyroid function, because improved thyroid function can stress the system if the adrenals are fatigued. I am taking vitamin C and B complex for this reason. The book below is very useful, in depth and informative. Barry Durrant Peatfield explains the function of the thyroid and how to improve thyroid health. For anyone reading this post thinking ‘this is all surely my Doctors job to decide if my thyroid needs treating?’ there is a massive controversy with standard thyroid medication not helping a lot of people and the natural traditional version (dessicated pig thyroid) not easy to get hold of. There is further controversy surrounding the reference ranges for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) in some countries the upper limit of normal is 2.5 or 3 in England it is 4. The reference ranges were established from huge cohorts of the population some of whom may have been hypothyroid themselves so have the effect of making “normal” TSH lavels seem higher than they are. I have had my own controversy with my tests by one consultant showing my TSH at 4.9 in the summer and possibly causing certain issues. I then went back to my GP who retested my thyroid a month or two later and it was down to 2.5, and so he did not want to treat me. I’m glad I am taking the Nascent Iodine and Ionic Selenium, and look forward to seeing the effects of slowly increasing my dose.