Iodine: The Cause and The Cure for PCOS?

I watched a documentary recently entitled The Truth About Cancer and in Episode 5 this little piece of information came up:

Women can’t get PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) without being iodine deficient, says Dr. Daniel Nuzum.


That’s a very bold statement, but before I dismissed the documentary as uninformed I decided to research it.

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, Iodine : Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It by David Brownstein   -and-  The Iodine Crisis: What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life by Lynn Farrow. These books reiterated what I saw in the documentary that Iodine is a key factor in PCOS (among many other health issues).

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
  • Kelp
  • Yogurt
  • Strawberries
  • Eggs
  • Cow’s milk

See full list and Iodine amounts here

Iodine Supplements

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.


Iodine Information

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!!



  1. Elle says:

    Hi there! Another PCOS girl here too! Wondering if taking L-glutamine helped you with cravings for sweets? I’m about to start the South Beach diet and sweets are my biggest weakness. And I’ve been seeing the same advice on every health blog lately: eliminate sugar and processed carbs from your diet! Personally, the only diet plan doctors have ever even mentioned to me for PCOS were: Low GI and South Beach. So here I go ~ Thank you!

    • PCOS Girl says:

      Yes it did! I also started taking Inositol and it has helped too. Once you’ve eliminated the sweets for about a week or two the cravings will slow or stop, but the second you have sugar they will ramp up ten fold. Check out Alpha Lipoic Acid as well- it should help stabilize glucose which should decrease the sugar cravings as well.

  2. Sam says:

    The cause of PCOS is still not clear but the following conditions and factors are believed to contribute to the development of this condition:

    – INSULIN RESISTANCE (It leads to high levels of INSULIN in the blood and too much insulin increases TESTOSTERON). The body’s tissues do not respond to insulin and extra insulin is produced to try to compensate. The high levels of insulin cause the ovaries to over produce testosterone. This interferes with the development of the follicles and prevents normal ovulation.
    OTHER CAUSES (which also lead to insulin resistance, hormonal imbalance and overweight): Lack of exercise, nutritional deficiencies (lack of vitamins, minerals including B-complex, magnesium, zinc, etc.), vitamin D deficiency (insufficient sun exposures), stress, anxiety, depression, toxins, lack of antioxidants in diet, consumption of meat, dairy, refined plant products, stimulants, sugar, plant oils (high in proinflamatory omega-6 fatty acids), stimulants etc.

    – AVOID FRUCTOSE as it leads to insulin resistance. However other sugars, grains and lack of exercise are also contribute to insulin resistance and must be addressed.

    In order to recover go on Hallelujah Diet and use the following:
    – ALFA LIPPOIC ACID. According to Dr Mercola: “This Antioxidant (LIPOIC ACID) can smash insulin resistance and autoimmune disease. People with diabetes or metabolic syndrome tend to do much better when taking lipoic acid, as it enhances insulin sensitivity.”

    – D-CHIRO-INOSITOL (DCI) for PCOS & INSULIN RESISTANCE (Swanson). D-chiro-Inositol (DCI) appears to have substantial beneficial effects for PCOS, an observation rationalized by the apparent role of DCI in the etiology of PCOS. In double-blind studies, women with PCOS who received DCI experienced the following statistically significant benefits when compared with a control group: lowered free and total testosterone, lowered blood pressure, increased insulin sensitivity and a corresponding improvement in glucose disposal, and increased frequency of ovulation.

    – Bio-CHROMIUM (Pharma Nord) – 10 X BETTER ABSORBTION

    Below you will find link to the entire article:

    • PCOS Girl says:

      I saw a small change, but I started on a low dose and am only now (after having surgery) am starting to ramp up to the recommended does of Iodoral. I’ll keep you posted!!!!

    • PCOS Girl says:

      It has definitely helped! Sugar cravings down, fatigue and brain fog down (but also taking Mega Magnesium for this). Saw a small weight loss- a few pounds. I’ll continue to update as I go 🙂

  3. Anil says:

    Hi my wife has Pcos since long. She is taking lugols iodine since last 3 months and we can see the improve. Her pimples have vanished and she is becoming pimple free. May be she will continue for 2 to 3 months more.need to do an ultrasound to check the status of cysts

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