I watched a documentary recently entitled The Truth About Cancer and in Episode 5 this little piece of information came up:
Can an Iodine Deficiency Cause PCOS?
According to studies, an Iodine Deficiency may in fact be a cause of PCOS!
Dr. Jorge Flechas wrote a study claiming:
“Iodine deficiency may cause the ovaries to develop cysts , nodules and scar tissue. At its worse this ovarian pathology is very similar to that of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). As of the writing of this article I have five PCOS patients. The patients have successfully been brought under control with the use of 50 mg of iodine per day. Control with these patients meaning cysts are gone, periods every 28 days and type 2 diabetes mellitus under control.”
Jeffrey Dach, MD states:
“Iodine deficiency causes ovarian cysts and annovulation, reversed by iodine supplementation.”
There are many possible causes for PCOS, not one has been 100% proven, so take this with a grain of salt (no pun intended).
Could Iodine Cure PCOS?
So I jumped on my computer and started Googling. I read articles old and new and review after review on various supplements. Low and behold the Google results for ‘Iodine and PCOS’ were astounding- women were seeing great results using Iodine supplements or adding more natural Iodine foods to their diet.
Most of the articles and reviews I read pointed back to two books,
Perhaps this is why a diet high in seafood is so good for those of us with PCOS. Seafood contains Iodine.
I continued my research over this last week researching and reading for hours on end about the different Iodine types, supplementation types, side effects, recommended dosage, etc. It looks very promising- but no definite answers or proof. I’m going to up my intake of Iodine containing food and start an Iodine supplement. I will update you with my results both here and on Facebook. As always I will consult with my doctor first and possibly ask him to run a test to see my current Iodine levels.
Foods Rich in Iodine
Iodine can be found in:
- Wild caught seafood (ex: Salmon, Cod, Tuna, Shrimp)
- Enriched Iodized table salt
- Cow’s milk
If you look into Iodine Supplements, please consult your doctor! Too much Iodine can be problematic! You’ll want to discuss Iodine types and dosage with your doctor, as well as having your doctor monitor you while you’re on it. From what I’ve read Iodine dosage needs to be slowly increased with time.
The next step for me was choosing an Iodine supplement. Thank goodness for reviews and books. I was able to narrow down my choices to these Iodine Supplements:
- Iodoral- Pill Supplement – This supplement is a pill with 12.5 mg of Iodine which is equivalent to 8,333% of your daily recommended value- wow!
- J.CROW’S® Lugol’s Liquid Iodine – This is a liquid supplement with a dropper. Instructions give you specifics on how many drops (not droppers!) to take for your ailments.
Adding Iodine to Your Diet
I’m going to start adding more fish, eggs, strawberries, and small amounts of Iodized salt to my diet. Unfortunately cow’s milk is something I try to stay away from. I am also going to try an Iodine supplement, once I get my doctors approval and recommendations.
I encourage you to read the articles below for further Iodine Education:
Expect updates in about 3-4 weeks, once I get a good grasp on the benefits and side effects.
Have you or are you taking Iodine?? Please let me know below!!