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Iodine Natural Food Sources

March 6, 2019

By Joan McDaniel                         March 6, 2019

This is a re-print of my original article

Natural Food Iodine Sources

August 21, 2012

Something Has Happen

This was my first article that named food as a source for natural healing.  I found most of the material from search engines.

Something has happened to that powerful research tool, l It doesn’t seem to be available any longer.  I have experienced a major drop off in hits to my site and have heard from many others

that Google (the king of all search engines) is using a new algorithm (called “Medic”).  This results in all medical-based sites to the top of the Google search engine pages. Which means web-sites that are run by Medical Professionals get pushed to the top and smaller websites like mine run by an amateur is put on the bottom of the list.  Some times 15 pages down in the search list.  I have tested this.  The result is my hit count has really taken a hit.

What is also happening is, major web-sites are now being censored such as the Health Ranger Natural News.  Google first tried this in 2015, it was lifted later.

Other major web-sites like and GreenMedInfo see next page.

From Natural News

Google and YouTube now engaging in wholesale censorship of content they don’t want the public to see

Thursday, October 29, 2015 by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer

The new Internet police protecting you from freedom of thought and speech

Google censorship of Natural News: Statement from the Health Ranger

Media and Press Information

From GreenMedInfo 

Sayer Ji,

Founder of GreenMedInfo

From his web-site

“Things are really heating up out there. With social media platforms like Pinterest de-platforming organizations like ours critical of vaccine policy and safety, Amazon pulling vaccine documentaries like VAXXED, 100 bills in 30 states aimed at stripping vaccine exemptions, and the FDA commissioner indicating that if state legislators don’t abolish vaccine exemptions federal agencies may step in, the stakes have never been higher when it comes to whether Americans will take action or stand by while our basic health freedoms are permanently removed.”

Click above paragraph for further information

Sayer Ji,

Founder of GreenMedInfo

Board Member, National Health Federation

New Search Engine Site

I have found another search engine which I use exclusively to do all my searches. I have been using it since January of 2019.

It is call DuckDuckGo

The only reason I mention this for this particular article is —- As I was trying to re-publish it, I began to test the links to the articles I had used back in 2012 to check validity.

I was surprised at the number of articles I couldn’t find It seemed as if my links worked and would go to the site but when I did a search I couldn’t find the article or other articles on the subject.  I was also doing a search to see if there was more info on the subject since my last search many years ago (2012-2013).

Since last August, I have been witnessed a sudden decrease in traffic to my site and that is why I decided to republish many of my old articles.

This restriction should concern you all if you are attempting to do any kind of medical and health research.  I have been a fighter all my life, and feel I’ll need those talents and instincts now.

OK now on with my article.

Iodine Natural Food Sources

topical Iodine

What is Iodine?

If you backpack in the mountains, you may have used iodine tablets to purify


your drinking water. Or, perhaps you’ve used an iodine-based disinfectant to clean a minor skin wound. But did you know that iodine is essential to life? I was first introduced to Iodine as a kid. Back in those days when we playing cowboys and Indians a skin scrape meant the sting of Iodine disinfectant as the fix. In 1829, a French physician, Dr. J.G.A. Lugol, developed a liquid form of iodine called Lugol’s Solution.  It combined elemental iodine with an iodine salt in the form of potassium iodide.  One of its uses was for low iodine health complications such as the reduction and reversal of qoiters.

Topical Iodine

The current day convenient antibiotic creams, started with the introduction of Bactine distributed by distributed by Wellspring Pharmaceutical Corporation. It was developed in 1947 and first used in 1950.

It is a topically applied first aid liquid with active ingredients Benzaikonium chloride an antiseptic, and lidocain a topical anesthetic. As a topical anesthetic, Bactine serves to numb the surface of a body part and temporarily relieve pain and itching on the skin. The antiseptic ingredient in Bactine can also help to prevent infections. Bactine was a welcomed replaced for use of Iodine. The burn and sting of first aid was gone but not forgotten.The sting from it can still be remembered.

We now have a wide variety of


disinfectant, antiseptic first aid products to choose from, although Iodine is still used in a hospital setting for surgery as a disinfectant.

Is Iodine essential to life?


Iodine in nutrition is an essential trace mineral essential to human life.  Iodine is crucial in the functioning of the brain, the organs of your body and especially the thyroid gland, an organ that stores the minerals needed for the synthesis of our thyroid hormones.

It is important to get adequate amounts of iodine in your diet to ensure the proper functioning of this vital gland and the rest of your body.  The thyroid gland working with other glands of your body controls much of our metabolism in every cell of the body, detoxification, growth, physiological functions, and development.

Research has shown that a lack of iodine foods in your diet can have a devastating impact on your health and well-being. Lack of iodine can also lead to enlargement of the thyroid gland, lethargy, fatigue, weakness of the immune system, slow metabolism, autism, weight gain and possibly even mental states such as anxiety and depression.

In my case, the weakness was so acute I could barely walk. A fungal infection was also raging in my lungs, throat and who knows where else.  I even had a bad case of dandruff which is a fungal infection.

The Body uses Iodine In Many Places

In the last 10 years, the science behind iodine and the body’s uses of iodine has exploded. Contrary to what doctors are being taught in medical school, the thyroid gland is not the location that the body uses iodine.  Other areas are equally important, including the salivary glands, brain, stomach, ovaries and your eyes.  Women require much more iodine than men because breast tissue also uses iodine.


Coconut Oil

As a side note about the Thyroid gland, Dr. Mercola in his article (See Sources) on thyroid health has written that many polyunsaturated and hydrogenated vegetable oils and oils from soybeans negatively affect thyroid health. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is a saturated fat made up primarily of medium chain fatty acids. Also known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), medium chain fatty acids are known to increase metabolism and promote weight loss. Coconut oil can also raise basal body temperatures while increasing metabolism. This is good news for people who suffer with low thyroid function. There have been scores of testimonies to this effect.

Iodine was Added to Processed Salt

In the early part of the 20th century, iodine deficiency was quite common in the United States and Canada. Use of Iodized salt has decreased this deficiency. While many types of table salt are iodine-enriched, they are also stripped of all their natural health properties, and are chemically processed.

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The bad news is that table and cooking salt found in most homes, restaurants, and processed foods is void of nutritional value, lacking beneficial trace minerals. Processing salt turns it into sodium chloride, an unnatural salt the human body actually sees as a toxic invader!

I remember Iodized salt as a kid, but somewhere along the line the product no longer contained Iodine.  What I am finding out is that processed salt isn’t good for you anyway. Not only Hypertension It contains nothing of any value it has all been removed.

A subject for another time is the value of Sea Salt.

Where do Get Our Iodine?

Halt on Salt Sparks Iodine Deficiency

Doctors say, “Cut back on the Salt…” But How Will We Obtain Our Iodine?By William Davis, MD

You get your Iodine from Natural Food

The good news is that there are many popular foods with iodine, all of which are easy to incorporate into your daily diet.  There are also Iodine supplements available on the market.

Use of too much iodine from supplements may cause burning in the mouth, throat and stomach and/or abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Taking high doses of supplements and the treatment of possible thyroid disease you will need further advice from a knowledgeable healthcare provider. I have a partial list in Sources, of which I have yet not used.  Further research and use of search engines on the Internet is advised.  The Thyroid is very complex and everyone’s condition is unique.

It is difficult to take in too much iodine from food sources alone because the body will eliminate excess iodine it does not use. Daily consumption of iodine can range from 300 mcg to several thousand mcg’s. In general, even high intakes of iodine from food are well-tolerated by most people.

The following list will discuss the top foods that contain iodine.

Sea vegetables

The highest source for Iodine is Sea Vegetables also called Sea Weed. Note Kelp or Sea Vegetables are sold hydrated they need to be reconstituted in water for about 5 to 10 minutes.  You can find a variety of Kelp in most Health Food Stores or Asian Markets.

Different Sea vegetables

Types of Sea Vegetables available

Brown algae (including the commonly eaten sea vegetables kombu/kelp, wakame, and arame may be unique among the sea vegetables in their iodine content. Some species from the brown algae genus Laminaria are able to accumulate iodine in up to 30,000 times more concentrated a form than sea water!

Sea vegetables may be a unique food source not only of the mineral iodine, but also of the mineral vanadium. As part of their natural defense mechanisms, sea vegetables contain a variety of enzymes called haloperoxidases. These enzymes all require vanadium in order to function. Although this mineral is not as well-known as some of the other mineral nutrients, it appears to play a multi-faceted role in regulation of carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar.

Green Algae

Brown Algae

Red Algae

Scientific Name




Approximate Number of Species




Commonly Eaten Forms

sea lettuce

kombu/kelp (Laminaria genus)

nori (Porphyra genus)

wakame (Undaria genus)

agar-agar (Euchema genus)

arame (Eisenia genus)

dulse (Palmaria genus)

hijiki (Hijikia genus)

Himalayan Crystal Salt

It was from this research that I made a fantastic discovery.  I discovered Himalayan Crystal Salt.

It is a Sea Salt that has never seen our Oceans.  It is from an ancient underground Sea low below the earth.  This is a picture of a Salt mine from the Himalayan Mountains in India and Pakistan.

One of its many benefits is there are 84 different minerals in this salt including Iodine.  They are in trace amounts and you could never take enough salt to provide aday  supply of minerals but at least it is better than zero.



Sea Salt is an excellent source of Iodine and salt from the Himalayan mountains also known as pink salt, is an excellent source of naturally occurring iodine. Just one gram of Himalayan Sea Salt contains approximately 500/mcg of iodine.

Saltwater and Freshwater Fish

fresh salmon

Fresh Salmon

Since salmon go through both freshwater and saltwater phases during their life cycle, they can vary widely in their iodine content for this reason. While not a reliable source, salmon can sometimes provide up to 60-70 micrograms of iodine in about 3-4 ounces of fish, or about 40% of the recommended daily value.

Also Cod, Snapper, Canned Salmon, Canned Tuna, Shrimp, and Sardines.

Note all must be fresh and not come from fish raised on farms.

Note:  Any increase in a balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6’s is also a good source of natural Iodine.

Fishmeal – We don’t eat Fishmeal but the farmers who raise open range animals like chickens and turkeys do.  As a result, eggs from chickens and meat will be high in Iodine.  I can not find this item it must be from the fishermen themselves like wastes from the days catch.


Also loaded with Potassium

Cacao Nips or Cacao – Because Cacao Beans are grown on areas close to the oceans the coastland of most Islands.

Fresh Cranberries


This antioxidant rich fruit is a source of iodine. 4 ounces of cranberries contain approximately 400/mcg of iodine.  But it is very difficult to find the fresh berry.  I have found the cranberry season is early fall thru early winter around late October and at just before Christmas.  The fresh cranberry is very tart, be sure and have plenty of Stevia on hand or mix the berry with other sugary fruit. Also note; you can freeze the cranberry.  Just don’t wash the fruit before freezing.  Once frozen, and thawed the berry is softer but still very good.

When the Cranberry isn’t in season the dried cranberry is available and it has had tons of sugar added.  All fruit juice is loaded with sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Organic Navy Beans


Many beans are a great food source of iodine, but navy beans may top the list. Just 1/2 cup of these beans contain about 32/mcg of iodine. Beans aren’t just an iodine food, they are also incredibly high in fiber.

Other concentrated food sources of iodine yogurt, cow’s milk, eggs, strawberries and mozzarella cheese.

1 cup of fresh strawberries has approximately 13/mcg of iodine.

Milk has about  55/mcg. To avoid many of the negative digestive effects of eating cow’s milk and cheese, raw organic goat’s milk and goat’s cheese is a healthier alternative for extracting iodine from dairy.

Lima Beans

Prunes – also loaded with Potassium

Taking Iodine Supplements

Iodine Supplements need to be closely looked at, I have taken many people’s advice and provide a link to one of them;

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

13 Foods Rich in Iodine

“Iodine Supplements

If you’re not a fan of the iodine foods listed above, you can take an iodine supplement. There are many different types of iodine supplements on the market, so knowing the differences between each is vital. I recommend a transformative nano-colloidal detoxified nascent iodine supplement, which the body is quickly able to absorb and turn into effective mineral iodides.”  It took me over a year to get my thyroid back into operating order.  My large Goiter just disappeared and I began to feel much better.

As I have said before,  What made me sick, also weakened my Thyroid Gland.  I had to face a bigger problem of major inflammation, and a very weak immune and digestive systems.  I was generally run down — But now had the confidence I was on the right tract. The food I had eaten may have caused my illness but now the food I would eat would be my healing medicine.

Till Next Time

New Source article for food rich in Iodine

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