Iodine Plus2 Ingredients
Iodine – 5 mg
Potassium Iodide – 7.5 mg
Selenium – 15 mcg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) – 15 mg
Iodine/Potassium Iodide - A Brief History
In 1829, a French physician, Dr. J.G.A. Lugol, developed a liquid form of iodine called
Lugol’s Solution. This combined elemental iodine with an iodine salt in the form of
potassium iodide. One of its many applications was in the treatment of low iodine complications in
the latter part of the 19th century.
Early studies as far back as 1923 demonstrated the efficacy of Dr. Lugol's iodine formulation. However, Lugol’s solution was tedious to work with. It fell out of favor and became largely forgotten once the Armour company developed porcine (pig) glandular thyroid 100 years ago.
In the last 10 years, the science behind iodine and the body’s uses of iodine has exploded.
Until recently, doctors were still being taught in medical school the thyroid gland was the only location in human physiology that iodine was used. That is now proven incorrect. We now know that the thyroid and breast tissues are the chief consumers of iodine. Other areas are equally important, including the salivary glands, brain, stomach, ovaries and your eyes. Women require much more iodine than men because breast tissue uses so much iodine.
Selenium is necessary for proper functioning of the enzyme, iodothyronine deiodinase.
This is the enzyme critical for conversion of T4 into T3 (the active thyroid hormone).
Selenium is recommended to enhance the conversion of T4 into T3.
The maximum daily dose of selenium should not exceed 400 mg/day.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Riboflavin is a major cofactor in the energy production pathway of ATP, called oxidative
phophorylation. Inside the thyroid cells are energy producing components called
mitochondria. Tired, worn out thyroid glands are unable to produce enough energy for
The addition of Vitamins B2 enhances your mitochondria to produce sufficient energy to power your thyroid gland, which then properly metabolizes iodine into the correct chemical form.
It has been shown that Vitamin B2 can exert a synergistic effect in conjunction with the iodine in helping the body make proper amounts of active thyroid hormones.