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Radiation: Does iodine help? | Science | In-depth reporting on science and technology | DW

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Radioactive iodine

When there is an accident at a nuclear power plant — if there's an explosion or a leak or it's damaged in some way in war — radioactive iodine is one of the first substances that's released into the atmosphere.

If that radioactive iodine gets into the body, it can damage cells in the thyroi...

  • Our bodies do not produce iodine themselves. But we do need it, so we consume iodine through food or supplements.
  • When consumed, the iodine is collected or stored in the thyroid gland, where it is used to produce hormones. They help various bodily functions and even support the devel...

There is no point in taking iodine as a precautionary measure to prevent against radiation exposure after a leak or attack on a nuclear power plant.

The thyroid only stores iodine for a limited amount of time. And taking too much iodine — even the good stuff — can be dangerous.

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