I’ve said for years that no amount of radiation is healthy. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) lists radiation as a carcinogen. But it’s just about impossible to avoid radiation. We all need the occasional dental X-ray, CT scan, X-ray, or even mammogram. But that’s not all.
There’s also the exposure to ionizing radiation we get whenever we travel by airplane, as well as the radiation in our environment. We’re exposed to radiation from our microwave ovens and from power lines and radio waves. There’s no way around it. We can’t escape radiation. The problem is that even small amounts are harmful. So how can you protect yourself?
Manufacturers of a new supplement say they have the answer. They’ve designed this supplement to protect you from the harmful effects of radiation. And it’s about to hit the market. Specialists in the fields of radiation biology and antioxidants have formulated the BioShield-Radiation® pill. It contains a mixture of antioxidants that protect against the oxidative stress produced by radiation.
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Well, you’re going to be surprised with my recommendation. Don’t buy it. Let me tell you why. This daily anti-radiation formula is a mixture of low-dose vitamins and minerals plus CoQ10. The manufacturers suggest you use it as your daily vitamin, especially if you have frequent low-dose exposure to radiation, like someone who flies frequently.
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However, many people are already taking these nutrients in even greater protective amounts in one of the many high-potency vitamins on the market at the same price — or lower.
The formula they designed for single exposures, such as X-rays or a one-way plane flight, consists of three capsules containing moderate amounts of selenium and vitamins C and E. That’s just what you’ll find in many high-potency vitamins like Women’s Vitality. To this they added 250 mg of n-acetylcysteine (NAC), 30 mg of alpha-lipoic acid, and a small amount of mixed carotenoids. This one-dose formula costs $4.50. They recommend two doses: before and after exposure. If you have frequent exposure to radiation, you can buy either two of these packets for $9, or buy these antioxidants separately and save a pile of money.
The bottom line question is, do these antioxidants protect against oxidative damage from radiation? The answer is, “yes” according to K.N. Prasad, PhD. Of course, he has a vested interest. He’s the same person who developed — and sells — the Bioshield-Radiation pills.
Perhaps the real question we should ask is why we’re being exposed to so much radiation from diagnostic tests. Be pro-active. Get X-rays only when necessary. Many times they’re not. And make sure you protect yourself everyday with a high-potency multivitamin/mineral, such as Women’s Vitality.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand