Tools and Resources
Hypothyroidism: Should I take iodine supplements?
Can iodine supplements help regulate thyroid function in a person with hypothyroidism?
Iodine supplements usually aren't necessary if you live in the United States or in most developed countries. Some alternative medicine practitioners recommend iodine tablets or kelp supplements which are high in iodine for people with hypothyroidism.
It is true that severe iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism. But iodine deficiency is rare in the United States and other developed countries since the addition of iodine to salt (iodized salt) and other foods.
If iodine deficiency isn't the cause of hypothyroidism, then iodine supplements provide no benefit.
Hypothyroidism is safely and effectively treated with the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levothroid, Levolet).
© 1998-2014 Mayo Foundation for
Medical Education and Research (MFMER). All rights reserved. A
single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial
personal use only. "Mayo," "Mayo Clinic," "MayoClinic.com,"
"EmbodyHealth," "Enhance your life," and the triple-shield Mayo
Clinic logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education
Legal restrictions and
MayoClinic.com/Mayo Clinic Health Information. Use thereof