Many people are concerned about harmful radiation and not knowing how far it might spread. They therefore are concerned with protecting their thyroid glands with potassium iodide. Organic Iodine from supplements and foods rich in iodine can help prevent the thyroid gland from taking in further amounts of iodine in radioactive form. Potassium iodide cannot prevent radioactive iodine from entering the body, nor can it “cure” already damaged tissues or protect other organs. Taking supplements or foods rich in organic iodine can however help prevent the thyroid gland from taking in further amounts of iodine – specifically radioactive iodine.
The thyroid gland needs iodine to make thyroid hormones and we usually get iodine from food. Radioactive iodine released during a nuclear accident is of concern because radioactive iodine can get into the body through breathing, eating or drinking. Once radioactive iodine is ingested, it is quickly absorbed by the thyroid gland which damages thyroid tissues.
The human body needs about 140-150 micrograms of iodine a day. Blue-green algae contains organic iodine. This whole algae form contains 0.4mcg of iodine per serving (4 caps/tabs or 1 gram of algae); this form that has the cell wall removed contains 0.3mcg of iodine per serving (4 caps/tabs, or 1 gram of algae). Products we like that contain organic iodine include: this form of whole alage, this form of the heart of the algae, this coenzynme Q10 supplement, this sprouts combination, these great snack bars and this stem cell support supplement.
Blue-green algae is also rich in the antioxidant chlorophyll which helps promote healthy aging due to oxidation and may inhibit gene mutations. Diets high in fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants also promote health and reduce the effects of aging.
The Japanese people, especially those closest to the nuclear plant are of course the highest at risk. There are ways that you can offer support to the relief efforts in Japan. Charities such as Red Cross and Unicef are actively providing assistance and are just a couple of the mainstream charities helping. Whether it’s through your time, money, or thoughts, those in Japan are in desperate need of our help, and every little bit helps.
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