What Is Prolamine Iodine Used For?

Updated March 23, 2017

Prolamine Iodine is an over-the-counter diet supplement. The manufacturer, Standard Process, introduced this product in 1952, according to People take supplements containing iodine for many reasons and in efforts to achieve a variety of health benefits. Prolamine Iodine contains 3 mg of iodine per tablet and aims to boost levels of iodine in the body, thus resulting in these various health benefits.

Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland requires iodine, among other nutrients, to make thyroid hormones. It cannot make these hormones without enough iodine. According to Standard Process, "almost 80 per cent of the body's iodine content resides in the thyroid gland." Many people take products such as Prolamine Iodine to help the thyroid make hormones, which in turn influences metabolism, growth and development.

Thyroid Conditions

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid is underactive and does not make or use hormones properly or adequately. Goitre is another thyroid condition that results from inadequate iodine, and iodine products like Prolamine Iodine can help in such cases. Some people are able to reduce or discontinue thyroid medications as a result of building up iodine levels. Supplementation with Prolamine Iodine can also help with hyperthyroidism, which involves an overactive thyroid gland.

Weight and Detoxification

Weight issues are related to the thyroid, in that the thyroid controls the metabolism and people with thyroid problems often struggle with weight gain. Boosting the iodine levels with a product such as Prolamine Iodine can help with weight loss. When people take iodine, the kidneys excrete various toxins, including bromine, fluoride and heavy metals. Increased iodine levels also help the liver's detoxification processes. Thus, products like Prolamine Iodine can help to detoxify the body.

Women's Health

Prolamine Iodine can have various women's health benefits, and one of the biggest of these pertains to breast health. Many women have had success in reducing fibrocystic breast disease and even breast cancer by taking iodine. Women can also use Prolamine Iodine to reduce menopausal symptoms and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Heart, Hypertension, Diabetes

Some patients take Prolamine Iodine to help heart issues, such as arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is another condition that responds well to iodine therapy. According to The Iodine Project, some patients have been able to resolve diabetes problems without using insulin by taking iodine.


People who take Prolamine Iodine typically need to start at a low dosage and gradually increase the dose. A health practitioner who is familiar with iodine can guide the therapy. Iodine in higher dosages can induce detoxification symptoms that some people find unpleasant.

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