Iodine tablets

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The war in Ukraine has heightened fears about nuclear exposure and interest in iodine pills that can help protect the body from some radiation.

About Iodine tablets:

  • Potassium iodide, or KI, offers specific protection against one kind exposure. It prevents the thyroid — a hormone-producing gland in the neck — from picking up radioactive iodine, which can be released into the atmosphere in a nuclear accident.
  • Iodine tablets work by filling up the thyroid with a stable version of iodine so that the radioactive kind can’t get in.
  • If the thyroid is already packed with potassium iodide, it won’t be able to pick up the harmful iodine that’s left after a nuclear accident.
  • But potassium iodide doesn’t protect against other kinds of radioactive threats. A nuclear bomb, for example, can release many different kinds of radiation and radioactive material that can harm many parts of the body.


Source : Times of India