It is difficult to count the number of diseases associated with iodine deficiency - from the fall of immunity to mental disorders.
And at the same time, iodine deficiency is a very common phenomenon for one simple reason. The main source of iodine is the World's Ocean. And all that is contained in mineral rocks, and hence in ground and plants - these are the remains of dead marine organisms. Therefore, in most continental countries own resources of iodine are low, except for those territories which in ancient times, were filled with the sea.
The fact that this is true, you can be sure if you remember that in several countries, iodine is introduced into the foods (iodized salt) as obligatory procedure. True, imperceptibly, to number idiots became less from that.
Well, it is understandable because the potassium iodide, as well as iodate that are added to table salt - are inorganic substances, which are poorly absorbed by the body. Iodide, moreover, easily weathered and destroyed during cooking products. Iodine, but not that one! So the problem of compensation of iodine deficiency, as well as all the other issues of prevention disease falls mainly on the shoulders of people.
It is important to protect against radioactive iodine-131 just because of ordinary iodine deficiency, because the thyroid is actively looking for its missing iodine, but has no dosimeter. Italians became not in vain a fight for iodine tablets - let the iodine-131 fast destroyed, but who wants to get hold micro-NPP in his thyroid gland? Because thyroid cancer - it is the first thing that threatens with radioactive pollution.
With the help of supplements, this problem can be solved very easily, in different ways, to suit every taste and wallet capabilities. Specific sources of iodine are products based on marine plants: Ocean 21, Spirulina Max and Spirulina Chlorella Plus.
Generally speaking, this complex are aimed not only to compensate for iodine deficiency, but also on the general body healing because they contain also other useful substances - polyphenols and bioflavonoids (Spirulina Chlorella Plus), as well as extracts of useful plants (Ocean 21).
Now about strontium-90. As you know, the most dangerous radionuclides are when they do not just fall into our bodies, but found its place in it. What place is radioactive strontium? It is very simple - it replaces the absent calcium, and thus becomes part of your skeleton - bones and teeth.
The problem of calcium deficiency is no less acute than iodine, but it is not connected with the place you live, but with your diet and eating habits as well. Products that remove calcium from the body are much more than those that supply it. That's the modern food industry, which carries most of the nutrients in the waste. But more about that is in the article "Calcium in food is never too much".
It is unpleasant to get a dose of strontium in old age also, but it is particularly dangerous for children when the growing organism is actively looking for calcium. In children, bone formation processes predominate over the processes of decay of bone mass, so when lack of calcium in the diet, strontium isotope goes to work, which is cleverly disguised as calcium. But strontium-encrusted skeleton is not what you want for your child.
Which supplements are necessary for proper bone formation? First of all, those that contain calcium in an optimal ratio with magnesium. These are two interrelated elements that can not live without each other, but only when calcium is two times more than magnesium. If it is on the contrary, excess magnesium will give command for calcium output from bone tissue. Similarly, if the body lacks magnesium, then calcium from food, instead of going to the bone, falls in transit to the kidneys and leaves us at the first stop.
Children and young people, for better absorption of calcium is not necessary to take vitamin D, because it is produced in sufficient quantities in their bodies just by sunlight. But the elderly, as well as those who are a little fresh air, it is advisable to take calcium supplements with vitamin D. All the more so at last data, vitamin D can prevent a heart attack, protect against cancer and diabetes, as well as stimulate the brain.
Radioactive cesium is accumulated mainly in the muscles, and can cross the placenta into the fetus and accumulate in the tissues of the child. It poses the greatest danger, as in the adult 80% of cesium is excreted within a month after its absorption.
True, there is one caveat. Cesium produced a secondary radionuclide - barium-137, which emits more hard gamma rays than cesium. But barium is deposited in bone tissue. Therefore, when the ground is contaminated with radioactive cesium, then danger occurs the same that with strontium, if you have not enough calcium in the body.
After the decay of the isotope of iodine, radioactive cesium become the main source of external and internal exposure to contaminated land or contaminated products. Constant exposure to low doses, as was demonstrated by the Chernobyl disaster, do not cause acute or chronic lesions, however, may cause long-term effects of oncogenic and hereditary diseases in children.
Therefore, in order to prevent such effects from man-made disasters it should be concerned about the saturation of the body with necessary minerals - either from calcium supplements, or from mineral complexes, containing a vast collection of minerals and trace elements. Saturation of the body with minerals is the most effective way to remove radionuclides and heavy metals.
The main danger of radioactive isotopes is that its radiation causes the formation of free radicals - fragments of the molecules carrying an uncompensated electron charge, like the oxygen radicals formed in the body in the redox reactions. Therefore, an important role in preventing long-term effects of radiation belongs to the antioxidants - as generated in our body, and taken additional with supplements.
It has been known antioxidant effect of vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene, and minerals - selenium and zinc. Traditionally, therefore, these important natural ingredients included in the antioxidant complexes. However, in recent years it is become increasingly focused on antioxidant properties of polyphenols and one species of this class - bioflavonoids contained in many plants.
As it turned out, the antioxidant action of many polyphenols surpass vitamins C and E, for example, xanthones and resveratrol; and lycopene is more effective than beta-carotene. But this does not mean that resveratrol, for example, can replace all the other antioxidants, as they all operate in different ways: some are more effective against carcinogens, others - against cardiovascular disease, and others protect the liver, etc. Therefore, scientists believe that most effectively is to take antioxidant complexes, which include vitamins, minerals and plant extracts containing bioflavonoids.
Such complex is, for example, Mega Protect 4 Life, which formula includes, among other things, also extracts of ginkgo biloba, green tea and blueberries, as well as lycopene complex, and glutathione - "Queen" of antioxidant protection of our body.
Separate systems for amplification of specific "weak points" are based on xanthones (Xantho Plus), resveratrol (Resveratrol Plus), lutein (Lutein Plus) and other polyphenols and bioflavonoids (C 300 Plus, Liquid C + Bioflavonoids). But even ordinary multivitamin, designed to meet modern standards, contain from one to three bioflavonoid complex.
So the least you can do for yourself and your families to protect your health in today's challenging environmental conditions - is to take multivitamins that contain both essential minerals (including iodine) in bioavailable form, and protective substances. And to add on this basis, according your individual needs, antioxidants and other supplements.
I have no doubt that the Japanese government has already taken steps in this direction. They coped with Hiroshima, and then will cope with Fukushima. All the same experience, although negative, permits a bit learn something.
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