Herbs, Foods, Vitamins and Minerals That Can Fight Radiation

Radioactive Seawater Map

Most people are probably unaware of the flow of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011. The picture above puts it into a better perspective for you, and with earthquakes and violent storms on the rise, it’s only a matter of time before we have another disaster like this. 

There are a host of herbs, foods, vitamins and minerals you can take on a daily basis that can help you fight radiation not just during a nuclear holocaust but from even the small amounts of radiation we get when being x-rayed at the hospital to the radiation exposure from our cell phones. There was a very good reason why we were always told to take our vitamins and eat our veggies.

Vitamins & Minerals:

Vitamins, Herbs, and Foods that fight radiation Iodine– the most common mineral has been a known to help fight radiation poisoning but must be taken in small quantities. Most people get their iodine from iodine enriched salt or a multi-vitamin.

Potassium Iodide or KI– This can protect the thyroid gland by saturating the thyroid with iodide so it cannot absorb radioactive iodine.  The RDA’s according the FDA general guidelines are, adults and lactating women a full therapeutic dose is 130 mcg.  Children over 12-18 yrs. 65 mcg.  Children ages 3-12 32 mcg.  Birth to one month 16 mcg.  By saturating the thyroid gland it is protected up to one month., which is long enough for the radioactive iodine (which has a half life of 8 days) to disappear from the environment.  Without the potassium iodide taken in advance of an attack to saturate the thyroid, its protective effect lasts about 24 hours! You should have tablets on hand.

Beta-1,3 Glucan:  Extracted from baker’s yeast it is a potent immune enhancer. It activates important macrophages and is also an anti oxidant.  Studies from the US Army showed glucan is a powerful protectant against radiation.

Polyamines:  The free radicals generated by ultraviolet rays or ionizing radiation can attack cellular lipids, proteins and DNA. Endogenous free radical scavengers such as glutathione and the polyamine can inhibit the action of these radicals.

Melatonin:  It is suggested that supplementing cancer patients with therapy of melatonin may have some benefit for successful radiotherapy.

VITAMIN C:  This may be one of the most important vitamins of all to have on hand, not only can vitamin C protect against radiation but it can also repair damage from previous exposure. Dr. Atsuo Yanagisawa, M.D., Ph.D., conducted a study which found that workers who took a high-dose of intravenous vitamin C (25,000 mg) prior to handling radioactive debris during the Fukushima cleanups were protected against DNA damage and cancer. To learn more about this amazing vitamin check out the book “Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, & Toxins” by Thomas Levy, MD.

Added to the list of vitamins are Calcium and Magnesium, Vitamins A-F and Inositol in Lecithin which helps with all kinds of radiation



Bee Pollen  shown to significantly reduce the usual side effects of both radium and cobalt-60 radiotherapy and also the sickness after massive abdominal x-rays.

Beets: Beets have been shown to rebuild hemoglobin of the blood after radiation exposure

Fermented Foods: Due to their multiple beneficial effect on the intestines, fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, pickled beets and cucumbers and kefir help to counteract the toxins from radioactive fallout.

Sea vegetables like kelp.

Onions: Cysteine, present in onions, binds with and deactivates toxic metals such as lead and mercury and the radioactive isotopes they both contain. The sulfur in cysteine helps the kidneys and liver detoxify the body. Cysteine is what makes you cry when you cut an onion.

Edible unprocessed oils like peanut and olive oils.

Foods rich in Pectin like apples, both green and black teas, drinking distilled water with a pinch of sea salt added with give you the trace minerals needed to help keep you healthy.

Sea Salt & Baking Soda & Clay – Add one pound of good quality sea salt and 1 pound of baking soda to chlorine-free water. Soak for 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water. Adding one pound of Betonite, or other safe clay, to the sea salt and baking soda will increase the removal of radiation. Some specialists who work with radioactive isotopes use this method to remove radiation from their body. For an abnormally high level of radiation exposure one can use this method three times a week for one month.



Chlorella – which is a type of single-celled green algae, is very high in chlorophyll, and has been shown to neutralize toxins in the body, often being used when someone has mercury poisoning. Taking recommended doses of chlorella when exposed to radiation even after a visit to the X-ray machine is a good way to speed up the detoxification.

Chicory – is a very safe, very mild tonic. As a blood cleanser it has laxative and diuretic properties, but it is especially associated with protecting the liver from excessive caffeine consumption. It also is used to increase bile flow, decrease inflammations, aid in jaundice and lower cholesterol and blood sugar.

Clary Sage – is also a cleansing herb tonic.

Burdock Root – a common herb that contains anti tumor properties, it can also reduce cell mutation.

Yellow Dock – Yellow dock is one of the best cleansing. It is a detoxifer and also contains rumicin, a liver decongestant. Since liver disorders are often related to skin problems, it is effective in treating skin discolorations related to liver disease. It stimulates the liver to produce bile and strengthens the colon.

Dandelion Greens – This weed is high in beta carotene, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium, as well as vitamins B,D,C,and E. Dandelion strengthens the whole system as well as the liver and gallbladder. Dandelion promotes the flow of bile, reduces inflammation of the bile duct and helps eliminate gallstones. Dandelion adsorbs toxins from the body, regulating intestinal bacteria and could prevent cancer.

Fennel – helps to inhibit kidney stones, and clears the liver and lungs.

Licorice Root – Licorice root is a very good detoxifier and also aids in urinary and bowel disorders, and reduces arthritis inflammation by ridding the body of toxins. Licorice root protects the liver from such diseases as cirrhosis and hepatitis; reduces cancer tumors and can even kill off HIV cells before they turn into full blown AIDS.

Milk Thistle – if you are a heavy user of alcohol; take pharmaceutical drugs; are a cancer patient undergoing chemo, milk thistle is an herb worth considering.






The information in this article is in by no means to suggest a cure for any medical condition or disease.   Herbs should be taken in small amounts and with caution. Too much of any natural, prescribed or synthetic remedy can be harmful.  Always seek the advice of your physician or homeopathic before using any natural products.