Since the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, there has been a growing concern of widespread radiation exposure. And with the nuclear disaster being far from under control, we thought you would appreciate a bit of useful information. Did you know that certain foods may protect against radiation and it’s harmful effects? Continue reading to learn more about how the right diet can help protect you from radiation.
Think “Plant Foods”
Plant foods, especially fruits and vegetables, are some of the most nutrient dense foods available today. They offer a variety of important nutrients that may be helpful in protecting you from radiation. Plant foods also tend to be high in fiber, which has many health benefits on it’s own. Now let’s take a closer look at how one plant nutrient may help protect you against radiation…
Resveratrol to the rescue
Did you know that a plant nutrient called resveratrol may offer protection from radiation? In fact, resveratrol has protected various cells from the effects of radiation in a few different studies. 1 2 Resveratrol is naturally found in wine, grapes, and peanuts. 3 Although it isn’t very popular as a food, the Japanese Knotweed also contains high levels of resveratrol. We offer a quality Liquid Grape Seed Extract Supplement which contains resveratrol along with other antioxidant nutrients.
Fiber helps to detoxify
Researchers in Russia discovered that the fiber in several plant foods may offer some protection against radiation. 4 Their observation was that the fiber ingested became radioactive itself, actually absorbing some of the radioactive elements from the radiated body. Fiber also seems to speed up the body’s natural elimination processes, which may help with detoxification. 5
Sea vegetables are nutrition superstars
If you haven’t already, you should consider adding sea vegetables to your diet. These vegetables grow in mineral rich sea water, which means they contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Since sea vegetables are naturally high in iodine, they can also offer protection from radioactive iodine (I-131). Studies done during the Chernobyl disaster and elsewhere have found that there is a correlation between a dietary deficiency of iodine and increased uptake of radioactive iodine. 6
Make sure the sea vegetables you consume are harvested from a safe area where there are a minimal amount of pollutants. We also offer a Liquid Potassium Iodide supplement that may be helpful in preventing radioactive iodine uptake during a nuclear disaster. Please be sure to read about how potassium iodide is used before ordering. Another noteworthy supplement which contains iodine synergized with other essential nutrients is our Liquid Chelated Trace Mineral RDA’s.
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In the end a diet high in plant foods including: vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and legumes seems to offer the most protection against the effects of radiation. Plant foods tend to be higher in antioxidants and fiber, offering better protection and faster detoxification. We urge you to consider a diet high in plant foods any time your body needs extra protection and detoxification.
- Resveratrol reduces radiation-induced chromosome aberration frequencies in mouse bone marrow cells. Carsten RE, Bachand AM, Bailey SM, Ullrich RL. PubMed U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
- Natural Protection Against Radiation. ScienceDaily.com.
- Resveratrol. Oregon State University: Linus Pauling Institute.
- Simple foods provide protection against radiation exposure. T.M. Hartle. NaturalNews.com.
- The Anti-Radiation Diet. SafeSpaceProtection.com.
- Radiation Protection and Diet. The George Mateljan Foundation.