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Iodine is a trace mineral needed to make thyroid hormones, which are necessary for maintaining normal metabolism in all cells of the body.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Goiter
Use a mouthrinse or toothpaste containing zinc regularly3 stars[3 stars]
Iodine supplementation can be an effective treatment of iodine deficiency hypothyroidism and may halt goiter growth and, in early stages, shrink goiters.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Support
Refer to label instructions 3 stars[3 stars]
Iodine is an essential nutrient for the development of the fetal thyroid gland which, in turn, is important for brain development.
Attention Deficit–Hyperactivity Disorder
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
In one study, iodine deficiency during pregnancy was associated with the babies being born with increased ADHD risk. If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, discuss whether you might need iodine supplements with your doctor.
Hypothyroidism
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
Iodine deficiency and excessive iodine intake can both lead to hypothyroidism, so ask your doctor if supplementing with iodine is right for you.
Pregnancy
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
In one study, iodine deficiency during pregnancy was associated with the babies being born with increased ADHD risk. If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, discuss whether you might need iodine supplements with your doctor.
Fibrocystic Breast Disease
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Iodine appears to be helpful in treating FBD, it should be taken only under the guidance of a healthcare practitioner.

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