Is Taking an Iodine Supplement Recommended for Thyroid Issues?

By Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician

Reading Time: 3 minutes


Video Transcript:

Our next question comes from Rosemary. Rosemary asks, “I need to ask you about thyroid issues. I have had radioactive iodine done, and that affected my thyroid. And now I have to take thyroid medication for life. Is taking iodine, like from Organixx, recommended?
Thanks, Rosemary.”

Okay. Rosemary, this is a really great question because it depends, and I hate to be noncommittal, but this is really where, individually, we need to address your body, your thyroid health, and the overall balance of minerals and key nutrients necessary for your body, and your iodine receptors to be open to absorbing, assimilating, and using iodine in the most effective way. And this is really, really critical.

It’s not so much about whether the iodine from Organixx will work or not in terms of its potency. It’s a highly powerful, potent product. But what we need to do is we need to make sure that your thyroid gland will not be overwhelmed or charged up in a way that we have a situation that we call the thyroid storm. 

And basically, that means we over-activate the thyroid function. And if you are dealing with hypothyroidism, it could further exacerbate it. Particularly, when you go off of the iodine or within three to four weeks of taking it, you kind of have an increase, you’re feeling great and then we have a crash. We want to avoid that. So, there are a few things that I recommend with my patients.

First: Test Your Iodine Levels

The first, most critical thing is to actually do a test. So, I recommend for my patients that we test their iodine levels. This is a blood-spot-based test that you can easily do at home or call your clinician and have your iodine levels assessed. Similarly, we want to get essential elements like selenium and chromium. We want to identify the kind of friends, best friends, if you will, in the body of iodine that help iodine be absorbed the best. And what we find is chromium and selenium both equally need to be in an optimal state for iodine receptivity to be optimized, but also to be articulated in the most healthy way.

Consult with Your Healthcare Professional

So I will tell you this, I do have patients who have had thyroid removal, they’ve had their thyroids radiated, they’ve even had nodules or partial removal of the thyroid gland, and are able to take iodine, but it is a case-by-case basis. It’s not something you want to do alone.

Regularly Monitor Your Iodine Levels

And you definitely want to monitor very closely, when you increase your iodine levels, that you have labs drawn at minimum every three months. And that is a recommendation for anybody who is going to be taking iodine that maybe has a challenged or an imbalanced thyroid, that state of that imbalance you can invigorate your thyroid in a healthy way with iodine, but we need to monitor that. We need to closely monitor it so that we don’t get in a situation where your iodine might trigger a thyroid storm or even exacerbate your situation.

I hope that helps. Let us know how that goes. 

When your organs are working hard to detoxify, you want the purest form of iodine possible to help them work more efficiently. It only makes sense to use an organic form that’s totally natural and free of chemicals. Organixx Iodine is one of the only formulas that is USDA Certified Organic. It’s a pure, nascent form of iodine which your thyroid can use immediately.

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Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician, holds a Masters in Holistic Nutrition and a Doctorate of Naturopathy. In addition to providing expert guidance to Organixx, Dr. Melissa maintains a busy private practice in Texas. Her primary focus is working with individuals addressing digestive disorders, hormone balance, detoxification therapies, and primary and secondary lymphedema cases through lymphatic decongestive treatments.


  1. This video was so helpful! My thyroid is hypoactive, and I take medication for it, AND my I get my levels checked every three months. I recently began eating Brazil nuts for selenium, and all of a sudden my levels were off and my thyroid was working better! I have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow, And as a result of listening to this video I feel I can converse more articulately with my doctor about our next best steps. Thank you again!

  2. I have Hashimoto's with a stubborn TSH (between 10 and 12), T4 is 1,1. I got rid of a lot of symptoms with diet & supplementation. And now, I'm almost asymptomatic. I've been resisting taking thyroid meds up to this point. But my endocrinologist finally convinced me to start with a low dose. I eat seaweed snacks and Brazil nuts on a regular basis and also use a high potency Omega 3 (from Fish Oil).

    Having heard lots of warnings about supplementing Iodine ("it can wreak havoc for people with Hashi's"), and considering that it's hard to estimate how much iodine I'm getting from my food, I'm concerned about overdosing on Iodine and wondering should I take Organixx Iodine daily (which is already in my stash) and if yes, which dosage would be safe. Thanks!

    • Hi Tasha, Thank you for sharing your health journey with us. It is refreshing to hear results of becoming asymptomatic using diet and supplementation. I am sure a lot of our readers will find this helpful. It is always best to work with your doctor to decide which supplements are right for your unique situation. Everyone has different needs and tolerance levels. We want you to be safe and healthy. Some helpful information to know when discussing this with your doctor is that 3 drops of our Iodine contains 1,950 mcg of Iodine. I hope this helps. Have a happy and healthy day! :)

    • Hi Melissa, thanks for your question.

      As our Organixx Iodine delivers a boost of energy, we suggest taking it earlier in the day. Either in the morning or early afternoon (whichever fits your active-hours schedule). For best results, take Organixx Iodine at least 30- 60 minutes before or after any meals.

      For more details, be sure to check out the following page:

      Thanks so much. Wishing you a happy & healthy day!

  3. Hello I have been taking nascent iodine the past few days but feeling worse. I was taking lugols iodine before should I go back to it? Or is this normal have an under active thyroid and adrenal fatigue and kidney issues that I’m seeing a natural path for. She is not familiar with this iodine though.

    • Hi Danielle,

      We're sorry to hear that. Thanks for your sharing your experience with us.

      We always suggest working with your trusted healthcare practitioner to help determine whether taking a new supplement such as nascent iodine would be beneficial for your personal health needs, and if so, what serving recommendation would be best suited for you.

      Since we’re not able to provide any medical advice, we’re happy to provide you with a link to Ask the Doc.

      Here we have provided special access for you to submit questions that you may have for Dr. Melissa Gallagher.

      Please note, due to the number of entries we receive, we cannot guarantee that your specific question will be selected to be answered.

      However, we will be providing frequent video responses from Dr. Melissa to respond to the many inquiries and topics that are important to so many of us. So please be on the lookout for emails that will announce when we release a new video from Dr. Melissa.

      Also, if you’d like to get Dr. Melissa’s expert advice on your personal situation, then Dr. Melissa has kindly offered the Organixx community a discount for booking a session with her. To get 10% off a 60-minute session with Dr. Melissa, please use the same link listed above.

      Thanks so much. Wishing you all the best on your continued health journey.

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