Forbes Nutrional Services

Iodine & Breast Tenderness

mpj044097400001In my practice I work with a lot of women who experience breast tenderness, especially right before their periods.  I have found that eating half a sheet of Nori seaweed each day makes a drastic difference because it is so rich in iodine and iodine directly nourishes breast tissue and calms the inflammation associated with premenstrual pain.   For people that don’t like the taste of nori, I recommend about 15 mg daily of an iodine/iodide mixture such as Iodoral or Lugol’s solution.  If the pain is severe, try taking 50 mg of iodine and give it an hour or two before taking painkillers.  Women tell me this works like a charm and has the added benefit of improving the elasticity of their skin!  There are many factors involved in breast tenderness including caffeine intake and use of hormonal contraceptives, but from my point of view as a nutritionist, iodine is key. 

And as always, I must say to please consult your doctor before making any changes in diet or lifestyle.

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1 scott duncan { 03.26.14 at 8:02 pm }

My wife is age 48, she had some fibroids removed 5 years ago along with a calcified lump in her breast. Recently, in the last week she has had breast tenderness in just ONE of her breasts, not both. Her period is due next week but this is very odd for her. Her only iodine deficiency symptom would be dry skin, otherwise active and healthy. In your experience, can iodine deficiency related breast tenderness ever effect just one breast? She does have an OBGYN appt, but it is so common for medical folks to be scared of iodine supplementation. Thanks

2 Jessica Stamm { 06.25.14 at 4:13 pm }

In my experience I have seen that if there is scar tissue in one breast from past calcifications or biopsies then that one will be more reactive if iodine levels are low. I hope all went well with the appointment! Take care.

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