It’s been over six years since a devastating earthquake and tsunami led to a partial meltdown of the reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
That’s more than 79 months since radioactive isotopes including caesium-134/137 and iodine-131 leaked into the environment.
And while experts are still debating what the long term impact of this disaster will be on wildlife and our own health, we do know a few things.
Over 80 percent of the radioactive materials released from Fukushima ended up in the Pacific Ocean. And signs of contamination from the plant have been found as far away as the coast of California and British Columbia.
Contaminated water from Fukushima still a threat
Millions of gallons of contaminated water remain on the grounds of the damaged plant, posing an ongoing threat. And just this year the company in charge of cleaning up after this disaster made a shocking announcement.
They admitted that some of that contaminated water had likely been leaking into the ground for nearly six months.
We also know that contact with the heavy metals present in a nuclear disaster—such as strontium, cesium and uranium—can have devastating health consequences.
And radiation exposure can cause oxidative damage to your heart, kidneys, lungs, eyes and even your brain. Plus it can send your risk for cancer climbing.
In fact, just this year we have had our first confirmed case of cancer caused by the leak. And monkeys located up to fifty miles from the plant are showing signs of radiation exposure ranging from smaller heads and brains to anemia.
What level of radiation exposure is safe?
Officials say the levels of contamination from Fukushima are currently below the safety limits that the government has established. But don’t forget, radiation exposure is cumulative.
In other words, it adds up over time.
That means you have to add any radiation exposure from Fukushima to your other everyday exposures such as medical imaging tests, full body scans, air travel, radon in your home, radio signals, UV light and even your use of smartphones.
Which is why some experts insist we can’t dismiss any amount of extra exposure, and that no level is truly safe.
And with nearly half of the world’s nuclear power plants located on coastlines, we could be just a natural disaster away from yet another meltdown.
Build a barrier against everyday radiation exposure
But you can begin protecting yourself against the oxidative damage from ongoing radiation exposure of all sorts starting today, with two powerful natural supplements.
1. Green tea:
Green tea doesn’t just make a delicious drink. It turns out this powerful plant could also help protect us from the inflammation, oxidative stress and DNA damage caused by radiation exposure.
In one study when green tea was given to mice in their drinking water it prevented skin cancer tumors from developing after they were exposed to intense radiation through UVB light. According to researchers, the green tea triggered rapid repairs to take place in the DNA of the mice, keeping the tumors at bay.
And in a human study, green tea has shown great promise too. Volunteers who drank green tea had significantly less lymphocytic DNA damage than a control group.
You can incorporate green tea into your daily routine by drinking several cups a day and taking a supplement.
2. Alpha lipoic acid:
Alpha lipoic acid raises such a strong defense against free radicals that it’s often called the “master antioxidant.” And experts say ALA could offer some powerful protection against radiation damage, even years after being exposed.
In fact, 11 to 12 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster ALA was used to help shore up the immune systems of folks involved with the cleanup. Researchers gave workers 600 mgs of ALA daily for two months. Their immune health was measurably improved. And their white blood cells became more effective at doing their job.
In another study, scientists combined ALA with other potent antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and N-acetyl cysteine. The combo helped mice survive even a lethal dose of radiation.
Radiation exposure… from cellphones to Fukushima fallout… has skyrocketed. Fight back against oxidative damage with these two powerful supplements.