has been more than over 18 months since the massive earthquake in Japan, which caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to leak.
The following YouTube video shows the leaked radioactive particles in the seas around Japan from March 2011 to 2012.
As the video shows, the spread of particles into the ocean would possibly cause marine life to contain trace amounts of radiation. This issue is significant as fish and seafood is regularly consumed in Singapore; there are a lot of locations that resumed importing seafood from Japan this year.
That brings up a crucial point. How do we minimize the effects of ingesting radiation particles?
If you sitting on the fence when it comes to consuming Spirulina, this might tilt you towards having this as part of your health regime.
Radiation and radiated particles is becoming more prevalent as nuclear energy (and nuclear plants) slowly becomes the de facto form of low-carbon energy. Here is where Spirulina becomes critical: Spirulina was actually used as treatment for low level radiation exposure after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
The benefits of spirulina were clearly seen in a report in which children exposed to radiation were given spirulina for 45 straight days.
These children displayed the following:
- Bone marrow, spinal fluid, blood cell, and liver regeneration.
- Dangerously low white blood cell counts of about 1,000 (typical of leukemia) rose to 3,000 in only 20 days.
- Urine radioactivity levels decreased by 50 percent in 20 days.
The Belarus Ministry of Health concluded that Spirulina accelerates the evacuation of radionuclides from the human body, without adverse side effects. Spirulina was particularly efficient at deactivating radioactive caesium from their bodies.
How does Spirulina work against radiation?
Spirulina is 16 percent phycocyanin by weight. Phycocyanin attaches to spirulina’s membranes to impart the distinctive bluish color.
Besides being a pigment, phycocyanin is also a nitrogen storage molecule. The nitrogen atoms bind with heavy metals, such as radioactive caesium-137, strontium-90, and potassium-40, hence “cleansing” these radioactive metals from your body.
Japan is the largest producer and also the largest consumer of Spirulina. However with the contamination, in that region and neighboring seas we recommend readers to be extra careful when purchasing Japanese Spirulina.
AlphaHealth did not, and will not sell Spirulina from Japan, our spirulina sources are located in-land with pristine environments.