(NaturalNews) Nascent iodine has been in short supply all year due to concerns surrounding Fukushima as well as steady promotion of iodine supplements by a variety of companies. Natural News now has a Health Ranger branded Original Nascent Iodine created using the original, divinely-inspired Edgar Cayce method and delivering 80% more potency than popular glycerin-based formulas.
In this article, I’ll also explain in everyday language what “nascent” really means (see below). There is a tremendous amount of confusion (and some hype) about this term, so it’s important that you understand what it does and doesn’t mean.
Health Ranger’s Original Nascent Iodine delivers 485 mg of total iodine per bottle
Our nascent iodine contains 485 mg of total elemental iodine, which is 80% more than the amount found in popular glycerin formulas (and it’s the highest we’ve seen so far in a 1 oz. bottle). Some iodine labels claim to provide higher potency, but in our own testing we’ve found that the “400 mcg per drop” frequently stated on iodine products is usually not accurate. Most iodine products we’ve tested actually deliver anywhere from 250 – 380 mcg of iodine per drop, not 400, because the drop sizes are smaller than what many manufacturers have calculated.
This is easily confirmed by weighing 10 drops of any iodine formula in a precision laboratory scale, then calculating 2% of the total weight, then dividing by ten to get the mcg of iodine per drop. If you do this in a lab, like I have done, you will get 250 – 380 mcg of iodine per drop when testing alcohol-based iodine liquids.
Alcohol, by the way, has smaller drop sizes than water, meaning it takes more alcohol drops to fill a volume of 1 ml vs. drops of water. Some iodine tinctures are made of a mixture of alcohol and water, giving them “medium” drop sizes.
If all this sounds confusing, the best way to compare apples to apples, so to speak, is to simply calculate the total iodine in a bottle and then figure out your cost per mg of iodine.
Formula for cost per mg of iodine
Our Health Ranger Original Nascent Iodine contains 485 mg of total iodine and costs about $36. This comes out to about 7.4 cents per mg of iodine in the formula.
The formula for this is simple, and you can use it on any product:
X = No. of servings in a bottle
Y = mcg (micrograms) of iodine per serving
Z = Cost of the bottle in dollars
Cost per mg (milligram) of iodine = Z / (X * Y / 1000)
For a typical glycerin-based iodine product, the cost comes out to 11.1 cents per mg as follows:
$29.95 / (200 * 1347 mcg / 1000) = 11.1 cents / mg
You can use this formula to derive the actual cost per mg of iodine for any dietary iodine source. Using this formula, you will see that elemental iodine products such as Lugol’s are far cheaper per mg of iodine. But, alas, they are not in the “nascent” molecular form which is explained below. To many people, this is hugely significant.
Glycerin formulas explained
The most popular glycerin formulas available today contain 269 mg of elemental iodine per bottle. While some people prefer glycerin because it tastes better (glycerin is sweet), glycerin products effectively require you to pay for more glycerin while getting less iodine.
I’m not against glycerin, by the way. It’s a great way for kids to take iodine, for one thing. We’ve been offering glycerin-based iodine formulas for a year and will continue to do so for those who prefer it. If you can’t handle the strong taste of iodine in alcohol, glycerin is a good way to go. But if you’re looking for the best value on high-potency nascent iodine, an alcohol formula is clearly a better value. Alcohol formulas are more potent, too, meaning one bottle lasts considerably longer.
For example, our Original Nascent Iodine contains 960 servings when taken as directed (two drops per day, 506 mcg of iodine per serving). This means one bottle can last nearly three years, making it extremely cost-effective for those seeking to boost their dietary iodine.
By the way, we tested many different sources of iodine in the Natural News Forensic Food Lab and found a vast range of surface tension across a multitude of products. Although our final testing isn’t done yet, our own Original Nascent Iodine had the lowest surface tension we tested so far, measuring 64 drops per ml, meaning these drops are very small and therefore have lower surface tension.
In layman’s language, water that has lower surface tension is called “wetter water” because it is more readily absorbed by the body. I can’t claim this translate into higher absorbability into your body, however. My educated guess it that all nascent iodine liquids are absorbed very well and that absorption differences across the available “nascent” products are likely to be extremely small.
Why choose the Health Ranger’s Original Nascent Iodine?
Why buy nascent iodine from Natural News, then? Because:
• We exhaustively test all our products for contaminants such as heavy metals. The purity of our iodine is confirmed as greater than 99.8%.
• Our product is more potent than glycerin-based iodine supplements, meaning it’s more portable (more iodine carried in less weight and less required storage space).
• We do not make misleading claims about our product.
• We do our homework and carefully research and study products before we sell them.
• Our label is honest, and the claimed delivery of mcg of iodine has been tested and is accurate within a reasonable margin of error.
Click here to get the Health Ranger’s Original Nascent Iodine from the Natural News Store, and we thank you for your support.
What is nascent iodine, really?
When it comes to iodine, there is a lot of confusion and hype about the term “nascent.” The term “nascent” simply refers to iodine being in a monatomic form.
To understand what this means, you need to first understand that all the elements which share seven electron orbits in their outer atomic shell (Fluorine, Chlorine, Bromine, Iodine, etc.) tend to naturally occur in diatomic form, meaning they bond to themselves in pairs. (See www.WebElements.com to brush up on your table of elements.) You’re already familiar with this concept if you know that “O2” refers to oxygen in our atmosphere. It’s not just individual oxygen atoms floating around separately; it’s PAIRS of oxygen atoms that float around together in diatomic molecules (when in gas form, anyway). Oxygen has six electrons in its outer shell, not seven like Iodine, but six is also ripe for diatomic bonding into O2 molecules.
Iodine normally likes to exist in a diatomic form. This is called “iodide.” Similarly, fluorine atoms, when bonded in pairs, are called “fluoride.” The “-ide” suffix usually means two of something bonded together.
There is a lot of market confusion today about iodine vs. iodide and which one is “better” for you. In truth — and I’m sure most chemists will back me up on this — there is very little difference in terms of the energy levels between the two forms. Breaking the diatomic form requires an input of energy, and this creates a monatomic “nascent” form, but no one is quite sure how long nascent iodine stays in nascent form before reverting back to diatomic form.
The real kicker in all this is that Edgar Cayce was divinely inspired to bring humanity the “electrified” nascent iodine in a monatomic form. This is what sets apart nascent iodine products from elemental (diatomic) iodine products such as Lugol’s. Even so, it is very difficult to quantify what this actually means in terms of improved assimilation, or bioavailability, etc. To my knowledge, very little laboratory science has ever been done to definitively answer these questions. People who buy monatomic “nascent” iodine are essentially buying it with the faith that Edgar Cayce was onto something really amazing and that we should probably follow his divinely-inspired recipe. (I tend to agree. I personally choose nascent iodine over any other form, just like many other people.)
That being said, I am not aware of any test that exists to determine what percentage of an iodine formula is actually in a monatomic state vs. diatomic state. Because there is no way to test this, there may exist formulas that are only 5% “nascent” while others might be 95% nascent (or even 100%). Right now, there is simply no way to tell the difference that I’m aware of.
In truth, some products being sold as monatomic “nascent” iodine may, in fact, be partially in a diatomic form (a lower energy state) by the time you receive them and consume them. It is believed, for example, that storing or shipping monatomic iodine in a metal container would quickly revert it all back to a diatomic form. This is why producers of nascent iodine usually go to great