People living in areas with elevated levels of radiation should eat red grape products, as well as those containing iodine. The former help in the elimination of radionuclides, the latter in the protection of the thyroid gland. Nicholas Kambuchi, associate professor of expertise in doping and drug control at the University of Chemical Technology and Doctor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, said in a talk.
“First of all, the protection from radiation is the protection of the thyroid gland, and secondly, the elimination of radionuclides. There is particle bombardment during irradiation, and as a result, some of the cells that remain intact after this attack require additional iodine administration. Antioxidants, various red grape products, i.e. semisweet wines, cahors – are the folk way of eliminating radionuclides. In Soviet times, it was a rule on nuclear submarines to give sailors red wine and chocolate,” explained Nicholas Kambuchi.
The doctor of pharmaceutical sciences stressed that foods containing iodine help best in the fight against radiation. “Iodine-containing, iodine-consuming plant and animal products have a higher bioavailability. Plant – it is mainly algae, sugar luminaria, aka seaweed, and black currant. As for fish, it is more difficult, because here there must be products rich in iodine-collecting plant particles, i.e. eels and so on,” Kambuchi enumerated.
According to the speaker, soluble iodine can also help to protect against radiation. “The iodine we use to apply to wounds, like the one sold in tablets, has a fairly low bioavailability. The digestibility of the liquid one has 50%. You can make iodine netting to absorb it through the skin, inhale the vapours, add drops to drinking water. All this is justified and described in the manuals of the 50-60s of the 20th century on the rules of human behavior in conditions of nuclear attacks. As far as iodine netting is concerned, a cutaneous application in the form of strips is the best option,” said Kambuchi.
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