Iodine Is a Strong Weapon Against Viral Infections

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  • Iodine is an effective antiviral and antibacterial agent with a long history as a wound cleaner and a broad-spectrum disinfectant
  • Some have found povidone iodine may speed the healing of chronic wounds and reduce the need for antibiotics
  • Iodine is a key component for thyroid function and heart health. Too much or too little may introduce problems
  • Symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, dry skin, muscle aches, joint pain and thinning hair
  • Consider using products with povidone iodine to clean door handles and wash your hands during cold and flu season; iodine throat gargle solution may reduce bacterial and viral infections

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