The Skinny on Nascent Iodine

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Nascent Iodine goes by many names including Magnascent Iodine, Detoxadine, Detoxified Iodine and Atomidine. It must not be confused with Lugol’s Iodine or the Zen Haus Dual Form Iodine.

The ‘nascent’ form of iodine once referred to sodium iodide. The term was later used by a self-professed clairvoyant, Edgar Cayce, to describe ‘free iodine’ where iodine is not bound to another element. Supposedly, this was done by adding electromagnetic energy. However, this idea is not in line with scientific understanding and has been disregarded.¹

The concept of nascent state has been debunked. Thus, the name nascent iodine is a misrepresentation.

When this ‘free iodine’ is exposed to sodium and potassium, it binds to them and becomes sodium iodide or potassium iodide. Those who pay the high price for the nascent form can expect to get a low dose of sodium iodide or potassium iodide.


The amount of elemental iodine in a single nascent dose can be anywhere between 1% and 20% of a single Lugol’s or Dual Form iodine dose. With nascent you are getting much less iodine for your money. More importantly, it does not provide enough iodine for full body supplementation.

Where is nascent iodine found in nature or food?

This form of iodine is not found in nature or food. The best food source of iodine is seaweed and it contains mostly the iodide form of iodine. Seaweed is high in both sodium iodide and potassium iodide. Zen Haus, keeping in line with science and nature, actively promotes the idea that iodide is the best form of iodine to supplement with.

Why do some users report positive results after taking nascent iodine?

Nascent Iodine still contains iodine but in much smaller amounts. Users who are severely iodine deficient may sense some benefits from the micro dose of iodine. The placebo effect can also be a factor. Be sure you are getting the benefits of whole body supplementation. Try the Zen Haus Iodine Supplement, an iodine complex which includes co-factors, and feel the difference.

1) Jensen, W.B. (1990). “Whatever Happened to the Nascent State?”. Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, 5, 26–36.


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