Protection from Radiation and Heavy Metals
March 30, 2011
Sodium alginate comes from kelp. It helps prevent absorption of radioactive strontium 90, a by-product of nuclear explosions and nuclear power and weapons facilities. The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission) guidelines advocate 3 ounces of kelp a week or 2 tablespoons of alginate supplement a day to prevent strontium-90 absorption.
However, sodium alginate mainly prevents the absorption of newly invested heavy metals. It works only in the gastrointestinal tract. It has little effect on past exposures. It does not significantly eliminate strontium and other pollutants already deposited in bone and other tissues. But since emissions from nuclear facilities continue to expose us to strontium 90 and other heavy metals, kelp or alginate supplementation is a good idea, especially for anyone who works in a nuclear facility, lives near one, or is occupationally exposed to heavy metals. Studies at McGill University in Montreal show that kelp also protects the body from several others: barium, cadmium, plutonium, and cesium.
Pros:Radiation protection in handy capsules. Good for emergencies.
Cons:Large number of capsules needed for recommended protection.