The universal medicine
More than 100 years ago, iodine was called "the universal medicine". Recent research may prove this to be true. Much promising research has been conducted on the use of iodine to treat fibrocystic breast disease, as iodine concentrates in and is secreted by the mammary glands. Normal breast architecture requires adequate iodine, and in a deficient state, the breasts and thyroid compete for available iodine. Hyperplasia may be induced in these glands. Estrogen production increases with an iodine deficiency, thus causing an increased sensitivity to estrogen by breast tissue. As early as twenty years ago The Lancet reported that iodine deficiency predisposes one to an increased risk of breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer. Assessing iodine levels and the imbalance of hormones is the key to lowering that risk.
Promising nutrient for diabetes
A study conducted on twelve diabetics showed dramatic improvements of HA1C and blood glucose levels after supplementation with 50 mg of iodine daily, with 50% of the patients able to completely stop their diabetes medications. The same study author monitored five PCOS patients who, on the same iodine dosage experienced a regulation of their periods, disappearance of ovarian cysts, and control of their diabetes.