The Benefits of Potassium Iodide Capsules: Identified!
It is a type of salt, potassium iodide (KI). It protects you from harmful iodine, for example, radioactive iodine; it can help block harmful iodine from getting absorbed by our thyroid gland.
Our thyroid glands require iodine to produce hormones that function in regulating our mental clarity, weight, memory, energy levels, and moods.
However, our body does not produce iodides on its own; we need to consume them in our diet. Some people consume it as a normal supplement, only based on a prescription by a medical professional.
Although it helps in preventing harmful iodine from getting absorbed by our thyroid gland, it cannot reverse the damage already done and doesn’t stop them from entering our body.
They are available in different forms, such as capsules, tablets, oral liquids, oral solutions, etc.
Used for what treatments?
Potassium iodide capsules are used for multiple uses. Thyroid problems like thyrotropin and stroma, cranes disease, and also for the preparation of thyroid surgery.
If consumed in high concentration it prevents the function of the thyroid gland causing a decrease in the vasculature in the thyroid and reducing the chances of bleeding during the surgical procedure.
It can also be used in a nuclear disaster, in which its function of preventing harmful/radioactive iodine from getting absorbed comes into use. Because, when our thyroid gland has sufficient iodide already, it does not absorb more, which helps in decreasing the possibility of developing any sort of thyroid cancer later on in life.
How does a Potassium Iodide Capsule work?
The capsule dissolves in the consumer’s stomach and releases the stable iodine, this medication is carried to the thyroid gland with the help of the bloodstream. The thyroid gland then fills up with the stable Iodine which helps in preventing any sort of other iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid gland. The medication is valid for 24 hours, which means; the consumer should not and does not need to consume another dose of Potassium Iodine medication for another 24 hours.
However, before getting exposed to radioactive iodine one should start consuming the potassium iodide capsules by the prescription of a doctor. Radioactive iodine is present in environments where a nuclear power plant accident might have occurred and one should take the prescription before getting exposed to such environments.
Hopefully, the information provided above helps you while making decisions about potassium iodide consumption.