What is the big deal about Nascent Iodine?

We’ve recently noticed a trend in iodine users to ask about nascent iodine and wanted to do some research on what it is and if there is any added value to that type of product. What we learned is that the term “nascent” is basically a marketing ploy used for designating a product to be “superior” or “beneficial” when there is no scientific basis for those claims.


The following information is from Wikipedia with links to the actual research articles backing up this information.

Don’t buy into the marketing hype. If an iodine product claims to be non-gmo, guess what...they all are. Make them provide their certificate. If an iodine product claims to be gluten free, again, unless the product adds something with gluten (which would be stupid) they are all gluten free. If an iodine product claims to be organic, look closely to see what additives or preservatives are used in the mixture and ask them to produce their certificates to prove it. Anyone can slap a label on a product claiming just about anything, until they get caught by the FDA for misrepresentation.


Nascent iodine (dietary supplement)

from Wikipedia. Source links at the end of the document.


Nascent Iodine sometimes known by the generic term atomic iodine or generic trademark name Atomidine or by the misname detoxified iodine, is a liquid orally administered supplemental form of iodine, claimed to be in the monatomic state,[1] originating from a 1931 Edgar Cayce formula. There is no evidence that "Nascent Iodine" is in any way distinct or superior to tincture of iodine. The promotion of "Nascent Iodine" is a form of quackery. In 1929 the FDA Bureau of Chemistry stated on Atomidine advertised health claims "As far as our records go, all of these claims are without a scintilla of printed scientific evidence to substantiate the claim that Atomidine is superior or even the equal to tincture of iodine...".[2]

The concept of nascent state is obsolete.[3][4] Thus, the name nascent iodine is a misrepresentation.



1. Choudhry, Hani; Nasrullah, Md. (1 June 2018). "Iodine consumption and cognitive performance: Confirmation of adequate consumption". Food Science & Nutrition. 6 (6): 1341–1351. doi:10.1002/fsn3.694ISSN 2048-7177PMC 6145226PMID 30258574.


2"Atomidine". The Journal of the American Dental Association. 16 (1): 168–171. 1 January 1929. doi:10.14219/jada.archive.1929.0007.


3.  Reedy, J. H.; Biggers, E. D. (1 September 1942). "The nascent state". Journal of Chemical Education. 19 (9): 403. Bibcode:1942JChEd..19..403Rdoi:10.1021/ed019p403ISSN 0021-9584.


4. Jensen, William B (1990). "Whatever Happened to the Nascent State?" (PDF). Bulletin for the History of Chemistry (5): 26–36. Retrieved 6 May 2017.


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