Here are more of my thoughts about the effects of seaweed and radiation on the body. I hope you find this information useful and not fearful. I feel very empowered by this information and pleased to know how to keep myself healthy during stressful times. Please let me know if you find this useful.
(Radioactive) Iodine 131 is released during nuclear failures. Our bodies will take in iodine 131 if we don't have enough iodine in our diet. A steady supple of iodine 127 (from seaweed) is the best protection. If the body has plenty of iodine 127 from seaweed or potassium iodide (a supplement that you could take if you don't want to eat seaweed) the radioactive iodine cannot bind to the receptor sites in the thyroid and begin to damage the cells. Instead, it just passes quickly through the kidneys without causing much damage.
The real damage is caused when radioactive iodine binds in the thyroid and starts to decay there impacting the cells and molecules within your body increasing the chances of major problems, like cancer and non-functioning of the gland. Thyroid damage is the most-caused damage from radiation exposure from nuclear plants.
There is iodine 127 in all the seaweeds we carry. (This 127 is a molecule reference number). Bladderwrack, wakame, kombu and dulse have the highest iodine levels and therefore the most protective properties. Sea palm is good, as well. Nori isn't known for having the highest levels of iodine, so in this instance wouldn't be my first recommendation unless it is the only kind of seaweed someone likes or tolerates.
For kelp powder 1-3 grams per day is a maintenance dose. For the other seaweeds, I've read that 3-5 grams daily is a low maintenance dose.
My favorite seaweed is from a wonderful company in Northern California called Rising Tide Sea Vegetables. You can purchase from them online, too. This is the seaweed sold at the Olympia Food Co-Ops.
The hijiki is fine right now, but I'm curious how this disaster will affect future batches of hijiki, which is harvested in Japan.
Even though this disaster happened in Japan, it is my understanding that radiation can travel and the winds travel right over the ocean to us. I think it is important to eat seaweed daily during this time.
Miso soup is another food that has shown to have a strong ability in pulling radiation out of the body. It is highly recommended during this time as well. Especially in conjunction with seaweed and for those who do not like seaweed at all. I should also mention that OlyKraut just came out with the “Sea Vegetable” kraut, which is filled with bull kelp fronds from Lopez Island and is chock full of iodine.
These are my thoughts on the matter. Besides the radiation protection, seaweed has many other nutrients as well and supports glandular function throughout the body including calcium uptake.