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Does the Least Expensive Source of Omega-3 also Protect Against Radiation?

by Paul Fassa
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(The Best Years in Life) While natural health writers and practitioners argued the merits of fish oils versus plant based omega-3, a study took place that determined an extra bonus benefit with one of the plant based omega-3 sources: flax seeds.

A study by the Pearlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania revealed the radiation protection of flax seeds. The researchers noted that the protection offered by flax seeds even included repairing tissues after radiation exposure. The study was published in a 2011 issue of BioMed Central Cancer.

The research focused on flax seeds' ability to both protect lung tissue prior to exposure and the ability of flax to repair damaged lung tissue after exposure. They used mice for their published study, but are reportedly getting set to do studies on humans receiving radiation for cancer treatment.

That was a purpose of this study, reducing radiation exposure harm for cancer patients receiving radiotherapy, or the burn part of cut, burn, and poison offered by conventional oncology. Great stuff. It demands remedies for the harm it does under the guise of curing.

Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou and his research team fed study mice flax seeds both before and after radiating them. They found that both the before and after radiation flax fed mice survived even lethal doses of radiation in good health while many of the control mice that weren't fed flax died.

Not only did the flax fed mice survive, but they also managed to get healthier. They had higher body weight and minimal lung inflammation, which is common with radiation therapy treated cancer patients.

But there is more to radiation than cancer treatments. Radiation is almost ubiquitous and affects most if not all of us, especially in the northern hemisphere. We are faced with a continuously spewing radioactive Fukushima leak that may go on much longer.

Don't forget to include normal nuclear power plant leaks and radioactive waste storage leakages, even from hospitals. Then there is all that vaporized so called "depleted uranium" (DU) from armor piercing weaponry used throughout the Middle East. Those vapors formed clouds that managed to drift westward throughout northern hemisphere.

A few years ago, it was discovered that radiation poisoning can be cumulative. So add ionizing radiation from medical X-rays or CT scans and TSA airport scanner checks into the above mentioned mix. All this adds up to a significant accumulation of radiation.


Supplementing with Flax Seeds

Even the researchers discovered firsthand the other health benefits of flax: An anti-oxidant, an anti-inflammatory, and a source of abundant omega-3 essential fatty acids. It's rumored the whole team began using flax on a daily basis. Flax seeds can be supplemented by cold pressed flax seed oil, or ground flax seeds directly.

Dr. Johanna Budwig, who developed an effective dietary cancer cure using a basic diet of flax seed oil with quark or cottage cheese, discouraged the use of flax seed oil capsules. She favored organic cold pressed flax seed oil in its original refrigerated bottled form and often used ground flax seeds in her cancer cure diet recipes.

But the only way to consume raw flax seeds is by grinding the seeds into a powder with a coffee grinder and adding the powder to food or water or simply eating the powder by the spoonful with a water chaser. Make sure you use bulk organic flax seeds, either gold or brown. They are, as the title states, very inexpensive.

Consume them immediately after grinding, within a couple of hours at most. They lose their potency rapidly after they're ground. Some health experts recommend two tablespoons of ground flax seeds per day. There are no negative side effects from consuming flax seeds.

Start using flax seeds sooner rather than later. The study reported here had recommended radiology therapy cancer patients add ground flax seeds to their diet three weeks prior to beginning that noxious therapy.

But if your food and supplement budget can include pricier fish or krill oils to enhance and ensure complete omega-3 coverage, avoid the controversy by going both animal and plant based omega-3.

Omega-3 deficiency, or more accurately, too high a ratio of omega-6  to omega-3 (should be 3 to 1 or less) is a major source of chronic inflammation, cardiac issues, and other chronic health problems that plague most Americans these days.

See also:

Protective and Restorative Measures to Take in the Event of Radiation Contamination

How to Protect our Pets from Radiation Exposure

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About the Author:

Paul Fassa started looking into natural health to overcome his unhealthy lifestyle. Then he developed more interest as he researched his articles for Natural News and Align Life.

He is amazed at the ignorance of natural medicine and how beneficial foods and herbs are constantly ignored or vilified in order to promote toxic foods and meds by Big Pharma, the FDA, USDA, and the AMA, what he likes to call the "Medical Mafia".

His blog is - "Healthmaven: Escape from the Medical Mafia Matrix." His Natural News articles can be reviewed here:


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