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Iodine is an essential element in human physiology, important for the thyroid gland and its ability to create thyroid hormones. Its role in as an anti-carcinogenic agent is just beginning to be more appreciated. Iodine has been found to possess antioxidant, antiinflammatory, prodifferentiating, and proapoptotic effects. Studies currently show this to be evident with stomach and breast cancers but may be relevant for many other cancers as well.

Measuring your body’s iodine content may be valuable for cancer patients. It is a simple urine test and is easy to interpret. Normal values are given at 100-380 μg/g Cr, however, cancer patients may want to keep Iodine levels at 300-600 μg/g Cr.

Absorption of iodine takes place in the small intestine, where it is then transported into the bloodstream primarily as iodide (I-). Ultimately, excretion is via the kidneys with a minor amounts excreted in feces. Increasing overall Iodine levels is quite easy but I suggest one uses supplements containing food-based sources such as kelp.

What should the dosage be? Well, it depends on starting values upon testing. If your Urine Iodine test shows values under 100 μg/g Cr, you may want to begin using Selenomethiodine and taking 3/day. If your values range between 100-300 μg/g Cr, take 1-2 per day. It is a good idea to re-measure your Iodine levels every three months or so.

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