The Link Between Prostate Cancer and Iodine

Iodine is essential for prostate health. Every cell in the body requires iodine. You can’t make a single hormone without it, yet too many people don’t get enough. With the intake of dietary iodine having decreased by more than 50 percent in the U.S. over the last 40 years, health issues are beginning to result1. Since this same decline in iodine intake, the number of men with prostate issues has risen. Could iodine deficiency be contributing?

Iodine Is Vitally Important to Ensuring Prostate Gland Health

The body’s endocrine glands rely on iodine to function, the prostate, thyroid, pancreas, breasts, ovaries, and the uterus.  Iodine concentrates in these tissues(2), to maintain the structural integrity of glands like the prostate.

When iodine levels are sufficient, these glands remain healthy with a normal tissue structure. But in the presence of an iodine deficiency, the glands begin to develop cysts. If the deficiency is allowed to continue, the fluid within the cysts solidifies and becomes nodules. Prolonged iodine deficiency can result in hyperplasia, which precedes cancer. The final result of this enlarging of the tissues is cancer(1).

Adequate Iodine Intake Is Linked to Lower Rates of Prostate Cancer

Research has found that countries with higher iodine intakes tend to have a lower incidence of prostate cancer. In Japan, a nation that consumes high-iodine foods regularly, men show lower rates of prostate cancer in comparison to their U.S. counterparts(3).

The Japanese diet is notably high in iodine-rich sources. There may be genetic influences or other dietary habits that are affecting the rates of prostate cancer in Japan. Still, with an intake of iodine estimated at 25 times that of US intake, iodine consumption is undoubtedly a protective factor(4).

In a follow-up study for the Journal of Nutrition and Cancer, researchers found there were 29% fewer incidents of prostate cancer in research participants whose urine samples showed the highest levels of exposure to iodine versus those with the lowest levels of iodine exposure(5). This link between adequate iodine intake and low cancer rates has been established time and time again.

Studies Show That Men with BPH Can Benefit from Increasing Iodine Intake

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), better known as prostate gland enlargement, has unpleasant symptoms that can begin mild and become more severe with time. It is a common ailment in the aging population of men. But iodine can help alleviate the discomfort of BPH.

Iodine supplementation has been shown to lessen the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in animals when administered in doses as low as 0.05% molecular iodine (I2)(6).  In men with BPH, 5 mg daily of Lugol’s solution (a mixture of potassium iodide and iodine) improved urine flow and reduced PSA values over an eight-month period(7). This study is excellent news as it demonstrates that men can have control over their prostate health by consuming iodine supplements such as Thyroid Warrior.

The PSA discussed in the study above stands for prostate-specific antigen. It is a protein that can be measured in the blood to determine the health of the prostate. A low PSA value is an indicator of prostate health. A higher PSA value is an indicator of a prostate condition, some benign like prostatitis or BPH, and some life-threatening such as prostate cancer(8). Fortunately, Thyroid Warrior Nascent Iodine can be used to help reduce the discomfort of BPH and lower PSA values over time.

Nodule Growth and Prostate Cancer

Addressing an iodine deficiency can halt the progression of cysts and nodules, advancing through a change in a structure called hyperplasia, a precursor for cancer(1). These prostate nodules often begin to form in response to inflammation in the body. Fortunately, not all nodules are malignant, but some do result in prostate cancer, which is reason enough to avoid nodule development(9).

Research has shown that iodine can suppress the growth of xenografts of human prostate cancer in nude mice (mice with weak immunes systems)(10). The takeaway from this is positive. Iodine seems to prevent prostate cancer cells from increasing their rate of growth, even in the presence of a weakened immune system.

Thyroid Warrior Electromagnetic Nascent Iodine

There are several forms of iodine on the market, molecular iodine (I2), potassium iodide, and nascent iodine. Thyroid Warrior is the most effective form of iodine available because it is composed of nascent iodine.

Molecular iodine (I2), while safe for human consumption, is difficult for the human body to process. Potassium iodide can cause inflammation, hypertension, and cardiovascular issues when it is consumed in the form of iodized table salt. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends limiting salt intake to 5 grams per day and even less for those with hypertension. Because of this, iodized salt is not an ideal source of iodine.

Therefore, Thyroid Warrior has been developed to provide an easily absorbed form of iodine, which does not contribute to inflammation.

Thyroid Warrior Nascent Iodine is sourced using the highest quality, pure iodine crystals, which have been forged thousands of feet below the earth’s surface from underwater brine wells. It is made using an electromagnetic field, which changes the mineral’s atomic state, making the iodine easier for your body to absorb and use immediately.

Thyroid Warrior Nascent Iodine is similar to the precursor form of iodine that is known to convert into thyroid hormones in the body. Because of this, the human body can recognize and absorb this form of iodine more easily11, meaning you can use less and get more of the amazing health benefits associated with iodine. Also, any excess iodine is easily removed by your body, making Thyroid Warrior 100% safe to use as directed.

You can address your iodine deficiency with ease by taking 1-3 drops, twice daily, of Thyroid Warrior in a glass of water each day. It’s not only a great way to feel more energized and focused, but it also aids in the fight against prostate issues.

We invite you to try Thyroid Warrior Electromagnetic Nascent Iodine for yourself and share your feedback with us.



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