Radiation Protection Diet

The radiation protection diet is basically a raw food diet or a vegan diet designed to counter radiation effects.

Over the years we have received a lot of conflicting information about nuclear disasters and the spread of radiation contamination. The fact that the Chernobyl nuclear accident contaminated many parts of Europe, Asia, Northern Africa and North America is not well known [1]. Milk, dairy and other food products in Europe had increased levels of the radionuclides I-131 and Cs-137 [2]. Studies done on animals following the Chernobyl fallout showed that they were heavily contaminated with Caesium-137 [5]. Some 25 years later, animals in certain European areas still show increased radiation levels [3]. More recently we had the the Japanese nuclear disaster but its spread of contamination and its effects will not be known for some time.

The further you get from the source of radiation the lower the radiation exposure. This is true under controlled laboratory conditions but it does not take into account the effect of changing weather patterns and changing wind conditions. Based on this theory, and on observations made on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims, doses of radiation were calculated that were deemed to be safe for humans. According to Dr Gabriel Cousens [4], radiation effects are cumulative so there is no such thing as a safe radiation level.

The effects of radiation on health are well known. They have been known since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and they can appear generations later.

Rather than dwell on the devastating effects of radiation (which have been documented and can be found on many web sites), we should be looking at the ways in which we can protect ourselves.

How the Radiation Protection Diet works

The radiation protection diet can be an effective anti-radiation treatment and preventative measure. According to Dr Gabriel Cousens [4] there are 5 ways in which we can do this:

  • Saturating our cells with minerals so that radioactive minerals are less likely to be taken up.
  • Eating foods that will adsorb radioactive minerals and allow them to be eliminated through the bowel.
  • Using antioxidants to neutralise the free radicals produced in our bodies by radiation.
  • Using protective foods and herbs.
  • Eating alkalising foods

What to eat

The radiation protection diet is primarily about eating kelp, dulse, other sea vegetables, green leafy vegetables, cabbage, beets, wheatgrass, sprouts, whole grains, nuts, seeds, spirulina, chlorella, garlic, miso, pineapple, watermelon, citrus fruit, siberian ginseng and echinacea which provide:
  • All the minerals that our bodies require as well as trace elements and all the vitamins
    • Iodine in kelp protects the thyroid gland and the gonads from Iodine-131.
    • Calcium protects the bones from Strontium-90
    • Potassium protects the muscles, kidneys, liver and reproductive organs from Caesium-137
    • Iron in spirulina protects the lungs, liver and gonads from plutonium-239 and radioactive iron
    • Zinc protects the bones and gonads from radioactive zinc
    • Vitamin B12 protects the liver and reproductive organs from Cobalt-60
    • Sulphur protects the skin from radioactive sulphur
  • Sea vegetables like kelp, dulse, arame, wakame, kombu and hijiki contain compounds that eliminate radiactive substances from the body. Zeolite supplementation provides a powerful way of removing radioactive substances and other toxins from the body. Green tea does the same thing.
  • Antioxidants to remove free radicals
  • Highly alkalising foods
  • Herbs that protect against radiation (e.g. echinacea)
  • If you are living in highly contaminated areas you may want to take mineral supplements as well.

    Raw Food Diet

    A vegan diet seems to be the best suited for protection. However, cooking destroys proteins (including enzymes), vitamins and minerals removing the protective effect of the plant-based foods. I will certainly stick to the raw food diet. Most people are horrified when they hear about the raw food diet. In fact, there are a number of people who have specialised in making raw foods as delicious as cooked foods, even going as far as creating dishes that taste just like favourite chicken or fish dishes. Russell James is well-known for his video-based raw food preparation course. For a more detailed account of the radiation protection diet see Conscious Eating by Gabriel Cousens. 


    1. Yablokov A V, Nesterenko V B. Chernobyl contamination through time and space, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2009; 1181:5-30
    2. Nesterenko A V, Nesterenko V B, Yablokov A V. Chernobyl radioactive contamination of food and people, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2009; 1181:189-302
    3. Food Standards Agency, Post-Chernobyl Monitoring and Controls Survey reports, http://www.food.gov.uk/science/surveillance/radiosurv/chernobyl/, [Accessed: 15 April 2011]
    4. Cousens G (2000), "How Diet can protect you from the dangers of radioactive radiation" in Conscious Eating, North Atlantic Books
    5. IAEA, Reducing Caesium contamination of food products in the Chernobyl area, http:/www.iaea.org/Publications/Magazines/Bulletin/Bull351/35106881823.pdf, [Accessed: 15/04/2011]

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