Nutrients that May Shield You from Radiation

June 21, 2004

Recently it has been proven that a common yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a useful model in testing which foods and nutrients can protect us from radiation. When exposed to radiation the following were tested and were protective:

These nutrients and herbs worked by protecting cellular DNA from damage caused by gamma-radiation. The study is published in a recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

High Fiber Cereal May Help Prevent Diabetes

Hyperinsulinemia is a condition that can lead to diabetes. In this condition individuals have constantly elevated insulin levels. The fat cells of these individuals are insensitive to the effects of insulin and they cannot process blood glucose (sugar) properly. In a study of 77 men, 42 of which had elevated insulin levels, eating a high-fiber cereal significantly lowered blood sugar levels versus a low fiber cereal. Additionally, insulin levels were much lower after eating the high fiber cereal. The men with hyperinsulinemia were significantly heavier, had bigger waistlines and lower HDL levels than men with normal blood insulin levels. The study appears in the June issue of Diabetes Care.

Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.

The obese men were on the way to developing diabetes and heart disease. High fiber foods, small amounts of fresh raw nuts, beans, and vegetables are important for decreasing the risk of diabetes. Exercise and weight loss is extremely important. The following nutrients may also be very helpful - psyllium husks, chromium picolinate, small amounts of vanadium, alpha-lipoic acid, l-carnitine, green tea polyphenols, white kidney beans, and magnesium.