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Potassium Iodide 100g, $17 from PureBulk

Atomic Iodine 2% (nascent) from PureBulk. One ounce $35

400 micrograms per drop.
The commonly recommended dose for atomic iodine varies from 1 to 10 or more drop
s per day depending upon individual needs. Approximately 1 drop provides about 2
00% RDA of iodine for the body.

iodine in Twinlab, Daily One:

150 mcg = 0.15 mg
Iodoral: 12.5 mg total iodine
contains iodine & potassium iodide.
A 12.5 mg tablet contains 5 mg of iodine and 7.5 mg of potassium iodide.
Iodoral is a tablet form of Lugol solution and is available in 2 strengths: 12.5
mg/Tablet and 50mg/Tablet.
One 12.5 mg. tablet of Iodoral supplies an amount of total elemental iodine, com
parable to the average daily intake of this essential element by mainland Japane
se, a population with a very low prevalence of fibrocystic disease of the breast
and breast cancer.
During the early 1900's, the iodine/iodide solution called Lugol solution was us
ed extensively, effectively and safely in medical practice, for both low activit
y and above normal activity of the thyroid gland (4). The recommended daily inta
ke for iodine supplementation was 2 to 6 drops of Lugol solution containing 12.5
to 37.5 mg total iodide.
Japanese women living in Japan consumed a daily average of 13.8 mg total element
al iodine and they experience one of the lowest prevalence (risk) for breast, ov
arian and uterine cancer (6). In the 1960's, one slice of bread in the USA conta
ined the full RDA of 0.15 mg iodine.
To test whole body sufficiency for iodine, 4 tablets of Iodoral® are ingested, foll
owed by 24 hr. urine collection. The more deficient a subject is in iodine, the
more iodine is retained by the body and the least excreted in the urine. Suffici
ency is achieved when 90% or more of the ingested amount is excreted in the urin
e. In most subjects tested, 3-4 tablets of Iodoral®/day were required to achieve wh
ole body sufficiency within 3 months and the body retained approximately 1.5 gm
iodine at sufficiency (4,8). The best response in patients with FDB was observed
with ingestion of 2 tablets twice a day (8).

potasium at wt 39
iodine at wt 127
potassium iodide contains 0.765g iodine per gram
Optimox Corporation, Iodoral, 180 Tablets
180 tabs $36
Potassium Iodide by Source Naturals potassium iodide 32.5 mg 240 tabs $18.
Directions: Adults take 1-4 tablets per day and children take 1-2 tablets per da
y for no more than 10 days. For maintaining beneficial levels of iodide in the t
hyroid, use the maximum daily dose. Do not use for more than 10 days without con
sulting a physician. Use only according to these directions
Lugol's solution consists of 5 g iodine (I2) and 10 g potassium iodide (KI) mixe
d with enough distilled water to make a brown solution with a total volume of 10
0 mL and a total iodine content of 150 mg/mL. Potassium iodide renders the eleme
ntary iodine soluble in water through the formation of the triiodide (Iâ
3) ion. It is not to be confused with tincture of iodine solutions, which consis
t of elemental iodine, and iodide salts dissolved in water and alcohol. Lugol's
solution contains no alcohol.
Potassium iodide is medicinally supplied in 130 mg tablets for emergency purpose
Potassium iodide may also be administered as a "saturated solution of potassium
iodide" (SSKI) which in the U.S.P. generic formulation contains 1000 mg of KI pe
r mL of solution. This represents 333 mg KI and about 250 mg iodide (I -) in a t
ypical adult dose of 5 drops, assumed to be â mL.[3] Because SSKI is a viscous liqui
d, it is normally assumed to contain 15 drops/milliliter, not 20 drops/millilite
r as is often assumed for water.[4] Thus, each drop of U.S.P. SSKI is assumed to
contain about 50 mg iodine as iodide, I -. Thus, two (2) drops of U.S.P. SSKI s
olution is equivalent to one 130 mg KI tablet (100 mg iodide).
SSKI can also be prepared by truly saturating water with KI. This preparation ca
n be made without a measuring scale. Since the solubility of KI in water at room
temperature is about 1.40 to 1.48 grams per mL pure water, and the resulting so
lution has a density of about 1.72 g/mL, this process also results in a final co
ncentration of KI of about 1000 mg KI per mL of saturated KI solution, and also
contains essentially the same concentration of iodide per drop as does the U.S.P
. formulation.
Neither SSKI or KI tablets are used as nutritional supplements, since the nutrit
ional requirement for iodine is only 150 micrograms or 0.15 mg of iodide per day
. Thus, a drop of SSKI provides 50/0.15 = 333 times the daily iodine requirement
, and a standard KI tablet provides twice this much.
In 1982, the US FDA approved potassium iodide to protect thyroid glands from rad
ioactive iodine involving accidents or fission emergencies. In an accidental eve
nt or attack on a nuclear power plant, or in nuclear bomb fallout, volatile fiss
ion product radionuclides may be released. Of these products, 131I is one of the
most common and is particularly dangerous to the thyroid gland because it may l
ead to thyroid cancer. By saturating the body with a source of stable iodide pri
or to exposure, inhaled or ingested 131I tends to be excreted, which prevents ra
dioiodine uptake by the thyroid. The protective effect of KI lasts approximately
24 hours. For optimal prophylaxis, KI must be dosed daily until a risk of signi
ficant exposure to radioiodine by either inhalation or ingestion no longer exist
Poland, 300 miles from Chernobyl, also distributed KI to protect its population.
Approximately 18 million doses were distributed, with follow-up studies showing
no known thyroid cancer among KI recipients.[29] With the passage of time, peop
le living in irradiated areas where KI was not available have developed thyroid
cancer at epidemic levels, which is why the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA
) reported â The data clearly demonstrate the risks of thyroid radiation...KI can be
used [to] provide safe and effective protection against thyroid cancer caused by
At maximal doses, and sometimes at much lower doses, side effects of iodide used
for medical reasons, in doses of 1000 times the normal nutrional need, may incl
ude: acne, loss of appetite, or upset stomach (especially during the first sever
al days, as the body adjusts to the medication). More severe side effects which
require notification of a physician are: fever, weakness, unusual tiredness, swe
lling in the neck or throat, mouth sores, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, stomach p
ains, irregular heartbeat, numbness or tingling of the hands or feet, or a metal
lic taste in the mouth.[