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Herbal Defense Against Radiation

Posted Apr 15 2011 8:11pm
If you have been keeping up with the latest on the effects of the disaster in Japan on radiation levels in our atmosphere, you might be a little confused by the information we have been given. Here in Hawaii, it was initially thought that we might be in danger of a radiation "cloud" heading our way. Then we were informed that we were in the clear. But a friend of mine did some research and found some alarming information on this LINK about the levels of radiation found in milk from cows on the Big Island of Hawaii. There have been elevated levels in California, New York, and other areas as well. This information made front-page news of our local newspaper, but I have to wonder just how much information the public will receive concerning this matter.

Government officials obviously don't want widespread panic, but should we be concerned? What measures can we take to protect ourselves. Taking potassium iodide prematurely is not a wise choice for our health and this is a measure that should only be considered with the guidance of a medical professional. Are there natural alternatives? Well, I have heard that kelp is one way to combat radiation exposure, but I have yet to find conclusive data to support this claim. (Kelp does offer many other health benefits though.) So what I have included here is a portion of a newsletter from one of my favorite online shops, Health Food Emporium . It has great info about combating the negative effects of radiation naturally.

Here's to your health!

Herbal protection from radiation poisoning? With the disaster in Japan, Health Food Emporium has been swamped with requests for Potassium Iodide to help protect against radiation poisoning effects. It seems that the whole world is out of Potassium Iodide, so we started to research other ideas for natural help against radiation. This is not intended to be any kind of expert analysis or FDA approved. I just went on the web and looked to see what was there, and here are my results
Holy Basil: There is quite a bit of research online about some herbs that have properties thought to help protect against radiation poisoning. One such herb is Ocimum Tenuiflorum (common name Tulsi or Holy Basil). Wikipedia says: "Tulsi also shows some promise for protection from radiation poisoning and cataracts." A scientific study that I found says: "Antioxidant and radio protective properties of an Ocimum Sanctum Polysaccharide. OSP could prevent oxidative damage to liposomal lipids and plasmid DNA induced by various oxidants such as iron, AAPH and gamma-radiation....." another study I found says: "Radiation protection of human lymphocyte chromosomes in vitro by Orientin and vicenin. Orientin (Ot) and Vicenin (Vc), two water-soluble flavonoids isolated from the leaves of Indian Holy Basil Ocimum Sanctum have shown significant protection against radiation lethality and chromosomal aberrations in vivo." We carry Holy Basil by New Chapter.

Cordyceps: Wikipedia also says: "Some work has been published in which Cordyceps sinensis has been used to protect the bone marrow and digestive systems of mice from whole body irradiation." One study that I found says this: "Radiation Protective Effects of Cordyceps sinensis in Blood Cells. The in vivo experiment showed that CS was able to reduce the production of micronuclei induced by radiation. " We carry Lifeshield Cordyceps by New Chapter and Cordyceps by Host DefenseReishi: Wikipedia also says: "Animal studies have noted Ganoderma (Lingzhi or Reishi) may protect the liver and protect against radiation." We carry Lifeshield Reishi by New Chapter and Reishi by Host Defense

Dark Green Veggies:I also found that many sites suggest dark green vegetables like arugula, turnips, radishes, cauliflower, mustard greens, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, broccoli d'rappe, kale, collards, and of course broccoli - protect your cells from the damaging effects of radiation. In scientific studies, seaweed was able to neutralize radioactive isotopes in the human body. And, common black or green tea exhibited the same anti-radiation effects in several Japanese studies.Be safe, be healthy.Thank you for choosing us!At Health Food Emporium we strive to provide personal service on a Christian Website!

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