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Iodide Pills are Suddenly a Hot Item, but Why?

As fear of radioactive fallout from Russia’s assault on Ukraine mounts, people turn to iodide tablets for protection.

As Russia’s aggressive attack on Ukraine continues, concern about radioactive fallout from Ukraine’s nuclear plants is becoming real. According to a recent CNN article, these fears have sparked a surge in demand for iodide pills. If a nuclear power plant is compromised or a nuclear bomb is detonanted, radioactive iodine (aka radioiodine) could be released into the atmosphere and ingested by humans and animals.

Our bodies need potassium iodide as it helps create the thyroid hormones that regulate the body’s metabolic rate. This affects how the heart, muscles, and digestive systems function as well as brain development and bone maintenance. If radiation exposure occurs, the thyroid can’t tell the difference between regular iodine and radioiodine and will absorb both, which could cause cancer. Potassium iodide pills, either liquid or pill form, can quickly saturate the thyroid gland and prevent absorption of radioiodine.

Manufacturers are aware of this as well as the increased demand, and have increased prices. 

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