There is much concern in the air regarding the radiation leak from the nuclear reactor in Fukushima, Japan.   So many people are now seeking more information online on what is radiation.

As our Chief Science Officer, Brazos Minshew, has shared, when considering what has happened with our collective experiences with Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and other nuclear accidents, our concerns are valid and it’s important to understand what is radiation.  So what to do and what is radiation and what does it do to our body?
By reviewing this information,  we will be in a better place to see how we can minimize any potential damage.

What is radiation?
“Radiation” describes what happens when a wave or particle leaves a source and travels a distance away. Light, for example, leaves a light source like the sun or a light bulb and travels to an object. Then, light reflects off the object and travels to our eyes and we can see. Light can travel great distances.

Nuclear radiation in a power plant occurs when particles are emitted from a radiation source. This radiation may be harnessed to generate electricity. Most of these particles are contained inside a nuclear reactor. If they are released into the atmosphere, they continue to emit waves of energy. Unlike light, a radioactive particle is quite heavy and the energy it releases travels only a short distance away.

When considering what is radiation, another concern is how harmful is radiation?
This is a key question.  As many people are seeking to find out what is radiation, they are also trying to under how harmful it is.  A radioactive particle releases energy within a specific distance from the particle itself. The further away from the particle the energy goes, the weaker it gets. Think of a glowing ember from a fire: the further away from the ember you get, the less affected by the heat you will become. The damage caused by an ember blowing from a crackling campfire down the back of your shirt (ouch!) is far different from the effect of the same ember from a block away, a mile away or an ocean away.

Nuclear particles are like embers from a nuclear bonfire. If they blow into your lungs they will “cook” the delicate lung tissue around them. If they contaminate your food they will burn the delicate lining of your digestive system. These nuclear embers will smolder and cook any of your body tissues where they alight: from skin to thyroid, from bones to brain.
The fire in the tissues caused by nuclear radiation is fueled by imbalanced atoms, called “free radicals.” A free radical is an atom that is as unbalanced as a four-wheeled car with only three wheels. Free radicals create havoc wherever they go. Antioxidants are like well-stocked tire dealers: they “donate” an extra wheel to any imbalanced car (they donate an extra electron to any free radical). In the case of nuclear radiation, antioxidants limit the amount of smoldering fires and cooked tissues.

So what is radiation?  Now you know what radiation is and right away we can see that anti-inflammatory supplements such as Nopalea™ may help the body reduce the damage caused by radiation. Also, the extreme antioxidant power of Adaptogen 10 Plus® will donate millions of electrons to balance free radicals (Adaptogen 10 Plus is like a tire dealer with millions of wheels to donate to any imbalanced car). Adaptogen 10 Plus is a good remedy for daily radiation exposure.

Two other special nutrients are in Adaptogen 10 Plus: natural iodine and sodium alginate. Iodine does not stop radiation from getting inside your body, but it occupies many iodine receptors in your thyroid and other tissues. Iodine acts like customers in a restaurant: It “takes up all the seats” so radioactive iodine has no place to sit and smolder. The natural iodine in Adaptogen 10 Plus can fill many of the seats!

Sodium alginate is a seaweed fraction that attaches itself to radioactive particles that may contaminate your food. If a radiation particle falls on your food and you eat it, sodium alginate will grab that particle and surround it with a thick foam or mucous. Adaptogen 10 Plus contains several seaweed sources rich in sodium alginate.

Adaptogen 10 Plus contains healthy levels of potassium, which displaces radioactive cesium in much the same way that iodine protects against radioactive iodine. It also contains an abundance of natural calcium chloride which may work to displace radioactive strontium.

How much is enough?
There is no toxicity to Adaptogen 10 Plus; you can take more if you want. This may be a case where “more is better.” Let its iodine help protect your thyroid, its sodium alginate help protect your digestion, and the potassium and calcium help displace other potentially harmful elements. Brazos Minshew, TriVita’s Chief Science Officer recommends at least an ounce per meal as a way to neutralize free radicals and, especially, to supply sodium alginate for any potentially compromised foods. (Children can take it too and he recommends the same serving size for children as for adults.) Be sure to consult with your health care provider if you have any specific questions.

Adaptogen 10 Plus was designed to help the body offset the amount of free radical activity we all experience daily. It was not designed as a shield for nuclear fallout. Still, daily servings of Adaptogen 10  Plus can help protect us from an increase in free radical activity.

Take Control of Your Health

* Stay indoors where your air is filtered
* Drink pure water from outside a contamination zone
* When outside, wear long sleeves and a large hat
* Eat nutritiously from certified organic farms
o Peel all fruits and vegetables until contamination is resolved
* Increase antioxidants, organic iodine and sodium alginate

Wishing you the best in health and wellness,


Katherine Smith
Independent TriVita Affiliate Member #13158176