Do any AdvoCare® products contain iodine, and is it possible to be allergic to iodine or get too much iodine in the diet?
Iodine is an essential element that is found predominantly in the thyroid gland and associated with thyroid hormones, but it is also present in every organ and tissue in the body. Approximately one-third of the world's population is at risk for iodine deficiency, and this is not limited to developing countries. An iodine deficiency can result in hypothyroidism which, if not corrected, can result in growth of the thyroid gland (goiter).
Since iodine is an essential element, everyone needs iodine in their diets. As noted above, iodine is essential for thyroid hormone production. The amount of iodine present in AdvoCare products is very reasonable, and should not present any problems. AdvoCare products which contain iodine include: CorePlex®, CorePlex® with Iron and CorePlex® Chewable (225 mcg per serving, 150% RDA); Metabolic Enhancer tablets in MNS® Max C and Max E (50 mcg per strip pack, 33% RDA); Meal Replacement Shakes (30 mcg per serving, 20% RDA); Post-Workout Recovery (22.5 mcg per serving, 15% RDA); AdvoBar a.m. Peach and Apple Cinnamon (37.5 mcg per serving, 25% RDA); and Carb-Ease™ Plus.
It is doubtful if there is a true condition known as an "iodine allergy". Individuals have been told that they cannot consume shellfish due to the iodine. However, in reality, these allergies are primarily due to the presence of shellfish proteins, and not the iodine. Except for very rare instances, people are remarkably tolerant to high iodine intake. For example, in determining iodine need, amounts as much as 50 mg/day are given for several months without apparent adverse effects.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. Consult your healthcare professional with questions.