Iodine is an essential micronutrient, a mineral which is necessary to health but not naturally synthesized by the body. Iodine is naturally occurring in the soil and in certain foods, like fish and seaweed, and added to others, like Iodine-fortified salt. Under standard conditions, iodine is a solid, black-grey with a violet lustre. In solution, Elemental Iodine is unstable, so it will bond with another element, typically potassium or sodium. Thus, most Iodine in dietary supplements is in the form of potassium iodide or sodium iodide.
Potassium Iodide is made by mixing potassium hydroxide with iodine. This same form, Potassium Iodide, is also used in the iodization of salt.
Our Nascent Iodine is non-GMO, USP food grade Potassium Iodide, dissolved in water. It was shown in a small study that greater than 95% of iodine in this form was absorbed by the human body. Iodine is especially important for thyroid health, which regulates hormone production, which in turn plays an important role in metabolism, stimulating the immune system and moderating the central nervous system.