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Understanding Iodine Deficiency and How Nascent Iodine Supplements Can Help

Iodine deficiency is more common than you might think, as iodine intake in the U.S. decreased by 50% since the 1970s. More than 12% of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition at some point in their lifetime, which is associated with low iodine levels. If you’re at risk of iodine deficiency and an underactive thyroid, taking nascent iodine supplements can help.

Why Is Iodine Important?

Iodine is a trace mineral naturally present in certain foods. Your body requires iodine regularly to make thyroid hormone that aids in protein synthesis, regulates your body’s metabolism, and is crucial for proper nervous system and brain development. Iodine helps keep your immune system strong and is present in nearly every organ in the body.

What Are Plant Sources of Iodine?

The following list contains vegan sources of dietary iodine:

  • Iodized salt
  • Seaweed
  • Iodine-enriched grains
  • Corn
  • Prunes
  • Lima beans
  • Green peas
  • Bananas
  • Apple juice

Am I at Risk of Iodine Deficiency?

Iodine deficiency might be more common than you think. That’s because much of the Earth’s soils are iodine-deficient and not everybody consumes iodized salt. Pregnant and nursing women have a higher risk of iodine deficiency because their daily iodine requirements are much higher than that of the general population. Actual iodine requirements might be higher than originally thought and much higher than current iodine recommended dietary allowances (RDAs).

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The Institute of Medicine has set the following iodine RDAs for children and adults:

  • 90 – 150 micrograms daily for children ages 1-18 (varies by age)
  • 150 micrograms daily for men and non-pregnant women
  • 220 micrograms daily during pregnancy
  • 290 micrograms daily for breastfeeding women

Failing to meet these RDAs regularly can result in symptoms of iodine deficiency and cause problems during pregnancy. To optimize health and reduce chronic disease risks, actual iodine needs might be up to 100 times greater than current RDAs. The RDAs for iodine are based on the needs of the thyroid, and neglect to take into account the needs of the rest of the organs in the body. Research indicates that low levels of iodine in the whole body compromise your health.

What Are the Complications of Iodine Deficiency?

Iodine deficiency has multiple negative consequences for your baby’s health and yours. Signs and symptoms of chronic low iodine intakes include:

  • Fatigue, weight gain, and goiters associated with hypothyroidism
  • Brittle nails and hair loss
  • Mental retardation and stunted growth in babies born to iodine-deficient mothers
  • Menstrual irregularities, infertility, miscarriages, or stillbirth
  • Neurodevelopmental delays and lower IQs in children
  • Increased risks of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children
  • Impaired mental function and work productivity in adults
  • Depression
  • Cold hands and feet and cold intolerance
  • A higher risk of thyroid cancer

Because of the severity of complications associated with iodine deficiency and hypothyroidism, it’s important to have iodine and thyroid levels checked regularly by your doctor, especially if you follow a plant-based diet to improve your health.

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Should I Take Iodine Supplements?

Taking iodine supplements helps ensure you meet daily iodine requirements, even when your diet is deficient in this essential mineral. Supplemental iodine is the best way to avoid the side effects and complications of iodine deficiency. For example, nascent iodine supplements:

  • Enhance your body’s thyroid function
  • Maximize the health of saliva, tear, lymph, sweat, and prostate glands, breasts, ovaries, and your pancreas
  • Support your body’s natural immune defenses
  • Aid in cell detoxification
  • Support your body’s ability to fight cancer and other chronic diseases

Nascent iodine supplements, a liquid form of the mineral, enhances the way your body utilizes thyroid hormone and has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-germ properties. Simply take 1-2 drops of nascent iodine with 2 ounces of purified water 15 minutes before or 60 minutes after eating. You might ingest it several times daily, as needed, but ask your doctor which dosage is right for you. Nascent iodine supplements contain the highest potency available without a prescription.

Choosing a Plant-Based Diet

When adopting a plant-based diet, such as the Hallelujah Diet, you should notice improvements in your body weight, body fat, and chronic disease risk factors (lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, etc.). But eliminating animal foods means taking dietary supplements is often necessary to prevent iodine and other essential nutrient deficiencies. Consider taking the following dietary supplements when switching from a standard American diet to a plant-based diet:

  • Nascent iodine
  • Iron
  • Plant protein powder
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D
  • Calcium
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Probiotics

Mix and match Hallelujah Diet supplements to meet your individual needs. Make sure you take nascent iodine and choose multivitamin supplements containing recommended amounts of all essential vitamins and minerals. Switching from a standard American diet to the Biblically based Hallelujah Diet improves the way you look and feel and enhances your body’s natural disease-fighting capabilities!


  1. Connie May 16, 2019

    I did not know pregnant and breastfeeding women need high levels of iodine.

    I appreciate the recommendation to have my iodine level checked regularly.

  2. Karen Moore August 8, 2019

    When I first became familiar with H Acres, Dr. Malcmus only recommended a B12 supplement and said that plants deliver all the other requirements needed by our bodies. I am suspicious that all these additional supplements are now recommended and sold by H Acres.

    • Melody Hord August 9, 2019

      Karen, I can see how you feel. I used to believe I could get all the nutrition my body needs from food. Perhaps, a hundred years ago it was possible? One thing that George believes in the most…. is juicing. He promoted drinking AT LEAST 2 glasses of freshly extracted vegetable juice EVERY DAY. It is amazing how many people will not juice. I have heard that sometimes people take the path of least resistance, so one can find plenty of excuses for not juicing, as it is a lot of hard work and time. Juicing helps provide the additional nutrition that meals alone do not provide. Still, it has become more and more obvious, through research, that supplements may be helpful or needed for some; Especially for people who refuse to juice, or even eat well.
      For me, the biggest example of deficiency in our foods is the mineral silica. Our bodies must have silica to create collagen for the connective tissue in our joints. It is what helps make them flexible. I love to exercise, particularly play tennis. Before I started taking Hallelujah Diet silica, when my husband and I played tennis, the next morning when I got out of bed, my back was stiff.
      Hallelujah Diet came out with silica, so I thought I would give it a try. Now, I am no longer stiff in my back when I get out of bed. I can only believe that our foods are deficient in silica, no matter how diligently I eat wholesome foods or how much juicing I do. I am thankful, so thankful, for Hallelujah Diet doing their research and finding out about this! Taking care of deficiencies within the body is life changing. Before Hallelujah Diet taught me about silica, I was heading for a life of just getting stiffer and stiffer.
      George’s ultimate goal was to help people take charge of their health, which includes addressing deficiencies and toxicity. George did not know everything from the start. When he learned something, he would share. First he promoted B12, then he started promoting Fish oil, as it became apparent that many folks were deficient in DHA. He was always refining his inspiring message as he learned, admitting it if he found he had been wrong.
      Hallelujah Diet studies diligently and finds out about supplements that may offer tremendous value to people. It is honorable for them to keep researching and keeping folks abreast of new-found information.

  3. Karen, through the years Hallelujah Diet has discovered that iodine is something we need to take as a supplement. Land vegetables, unfortunately, have very, very little iodine in
    them because there is very little iodine in the soil. Michael Donaldson (HD scientist) wrote an excellent article on iodine:

    The following webinars are also helpful:

  4. Jennifer March 26, 2021

    It’s amazing how many symptoms come with being deficient in iodine. Thank you for the suggestions to help avoid being deficient.

  5. Gloria Smith March 27, 2021

    Appreciate Melody’s reply. I have read several places that the soil is depleted. Also, would like to mention that we do do not chew our food enough. If we chewed it as we should not only would we get more nutrition from it(a form of juicing) but the saliva aids in digestion and we would consume less calories. I am trying to remember and chew my food properly. I am losing weight without trying. However, I do not think chewing my food the way I should will cause me to get too thin.

    • Melody Hord March 29, 2021

      Hi Gloria, Yes, our digestive tracts can only do so much. Chewing well helps immensely!

  6. Thank you for this very informative information on Iodine! The Nascent Iodine is a great supplement to take.

  7. Annette Whitworth April 23, 2021

    This was some good information. Thanks for giving us some of the signs to look for if we think we are deficiency in Iodine. I dud start taking the nascent Iodine and Im going to share the information with my daughter who is expecting now. Thanks again.

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