Prohormone & Supplement Ingredients:

Potassium Iodide

Potassium Iodide (KI) is getting a lot of press these day (Mar 2010) due to the nuclear accident in Japan. This is because the effectiveness of Potassium Iodide as a blocker of thyroid radioiodine uptake is well established. When administered in the recommended dose, Potassium Iodide is effective in reducing the risk of thyroid cancer in individuals or populations at risk for inhalation or ingestion of radioiodines. Potassium Iodide floods the thyroid with non-radioactive iodine and prevents the uptake of the radioactive molecules, which are subsequently excreted in the urine.

Potassium iodide ( KI) works only to prevent the thyroid from uptaking radioactive iodine. It is not a general radioprotective agent.

As for other uses, Potassium Iodide is used to loosen and break up mucus in the airways. Along with antithyroid medicines, Potassium Iodide is used to prepare the thyroid gland for surgical removal and to treat certain overactive thyroid conditions.

It works by shrinking the size of the thyroid gland and decreasing the amount of thyroid hormones produced.

It may also be used to treat a certain type of fungal skin infection (sporotrichosis).

From my searches, it's use as a general 'health support' supplement don't seem to be documented anywhere.
Supplements with this ingredient:
None (for now)

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