As Dr. Brownstein has worked helped his patients with the iodine protocol, he found a set of nutrients that helped their body restore iodine levels properly. Although these extra nutrients can make starting iodine a little more confusing, they can be very important in several ways. The commonly recommended amounts of each of these can be found at whyiodine.com/iodine-protocol
First and potentially most controversial to some is Unrefined salt. Without enough sodium, we cannot transfer most of our nutrients into our cells, which causes a lot of what we’re doing to go to waste. Unrefined salt also contains an important building block to our stomach acid creation, and without proper stomach acid, we might as well be driving around with a leaky fuel tank in our vehicle. One of the most important aspects towards the iodine protocol is the chloride in salt’s ability to bind with bromine we will most definitely be knocking loose. Some people benefit by increasing their unrefined salt intake for several weeks before starting iodine. Unrefined salt is not the same thing as refined table salt, and there are plenty of resources to help us understand the confusion and health benefits associated with salt intake. Read and learn more at whyiodine.com/salt.
One of the most important, as well as the most confusing, is Selenium. Just about any information that shows issues while supplementing iodine does not include selenium. All three types of thyroid hormone activating/deactivating enzymes contain selenium, and thyroid hormones are made of iodine, so without selenium, iodine cannot function properly. During thyroid hormone creation, hydrogen peroxide is created, and selenium is required to reduce this back into water. Selenium is also part of our glutathione generation and balancing, which is our master antioxidant. So long story short, selenium is a very important nutrient. Read more about selenium, various forms its available in, safety precautions and how I supplement it at whyiodine.com/selenium.
About as important as selenium is Magnesium. One of the most important processes our body performs, is converting protein into the various substances our body uses to thrive. One of the first steps in this process uses magnesium to energize the protein we digest so it can begin it’s journey through our methylation system. Magnesium influences or is a major part of anywhere from 300 to 700 enzymes our body depends on. It has connections to Depression, Type 2 diabetes, Lower blood pressure, Anti-inflammatory benefits, Migraine prevention, Reduced insulin resistance, Improved sleep quality, Osteoporosis, Restless leg syndrome and so much more. Read more at whyiodine.com/magnesium.
Possibly the easiest nutrient to add, due to its popularity, is Vitamin c. This is handy because it can help us clean up a lot of what iodine can allow our body to start doing again. I like to aim for vitamin c from whole food sources and then I try getting a powdered ascorbic acid form to see if my body seems to need more. The only precaution we want to take is not mixing it with iodine. If we mix iodine with vitamin c or juices etc that contain vitamin c, part of the iodine is reduced, which wastes its function. This issue may not exist once we consume the substances, so as long as we don’t mix them before consuming them, we should only need a few seconds/minutes between consuming each. Read more at whyiodine.com/vitamin-c.
Dr. Brownstein sometimes recommends a Vitamin B2/B3 combo to help iodine get into the cells. Sometimes people do not require these nutrients, but Imo most of us can benefit from a well balanced B-complex. I take this B-complex from Seeking Health about once a week.