Will Flaxseed Oil mess up my thyroid?
Not if you are taking iodine to counter the goitrogenic effects of the flax.
I have been taking 1 Tablespoon mixed in cottage cheese (for absorption) 3 times a day. The flaxseed oil that I've been taking is made by Specktrum and it's Triple Pressed.
Since flax seed oil has not been heated the goitrogens will still be intact.
How much can I safely take? For how long? Is freshly ground flaxseed better?
I would not exceed a tablespoon 3 times daily and it can be taken long term again as long as you are taking iodine to counter the goitrogenic effect. Flax seeds will not give you as high of a level of the essential fatty acids. The seeds are good for fiber though.
I've been taking it because it is supposed to help Parkinson symptoms. I had planned to take it until this bottle is finished. It's the large size...
Parkinson's is treated primarily by raising dopamine. Tyrosine and bupleurum are both good for this. Sage leaf is also great for Parkinson's.
I've been taking your Thyroid Tonic every day. My tests come out ok though.
The Thyroid Tonic will provide the iodine to counter the suppressive effects of the flax oil.
What is the best source of iodine, and how much do you need?
I prefer seaweeds such as dulse, bladderwrack, Sargasso seaweed, etc. A quarter teaspoon three times day should be sufficient for most people since they are likely getting iodine from other sources. If spending a lot of time in pools or spas then this should be increased some.
So are you saying that it's important to take iodine when using flax seed oil or very important?
It would be a good idea to take iodine with any other goitrogen, such as raw cabbage, raw broccoli, etc.
What can hapen if you don't?
These will suppress the thyroid. Iodine though helps to counter the thyroid suppressive effects of goitrogens.
Can you find iodine in sea salt?
Yes. I recommend unrefined sea salt.
OK so if I'm "salting" enough with my unrefined sea salt, I should be ok?
I would not rely on salt as your only iodine source. Seaweeds or watercress can also be used with a lot less sodium and less heavy metal exposure.
And I heard something about an iodine - acne connection is it just a myth or could too much iodine cause or contribute to acne or other skin problems?
Boy, you really want to get in trouble again Last time I brought this up I felt like the mob was coming to lynch me.
Some people seem to swear by it and some says it can cause acne, kinda confusing:)
But perhaps it's like everything else, moderation is key.
The answer is yes, it can cause acne in SOME sensitive individuals. Note everyone I said "some". Here is more on it:
Sorry for being so demanding, but how do you know that you're getting enough iodine in your diet?
That is not easy to tell. Symptoms can somewhat of an indicator, but even at that this is not 100%. For example again a person can have Hashimoto's, which still causes hypothyroid symptoms but for which more iodine is not good.
And sea salt - heavy metal, is it something to take in to account, cause I do use it a lot.
That is another reason I prefer seaweeds. Seaweeds contain algins that bind heavy metals preventing them from affecting the body.
Well, I was wondering about this and was going to post a new thread, but I see you're already talking about it.
I take flax oil, but it's in a blend with other oils (Udo's Choice blend with omega 3,6,9 in the right ratio). I take about 1 Tbsp. every day. I use Real Salt. I also take your Adrenal Tonic and New Beginnings. Isn't there a seaweed in there somewhere?
Yes, the Adrenal Tonic contains Atlantic kelp. The New Beginnings has Sargasso seaweed.
I was wondering if I should be doing something with iodine simply because I keep reading about it. I haven't studied it yet though. But everyone talks about it. Is it just an issue for people with thyroid problems?
Iodine is needed for thyroid hormone production. But high levels of iodine can aggravate autoimmune hypothyroidism known as Hashimoto's thyroidosis. Regardless if Hashimoto's is present too much iodine can still be dangerous, which is another reason I prefer getting iodine from plant sources rather than large doses from pure iodine supplements.