Potassium Iodide for RadiationMarch 31, 2011
Being based in Japan, the talk of radiation has special implications for us lately. There is much talk of potassium iodide being taken to ward off the effects of excessive radiation exposure. Before rushing off to the chemist, here’s a brief primer.
What is potassium iodide? Also called “strong iodine,” it’s a water soluble form of iodine that is one of the most common ingredients used to iodize table salt. While you could just stock up on table salt, the excess sodium will probably kill you before the radiation does.
A natural source of iodine, that may provide the radiation protection you are looking for, can be found in many sea vegetables, especially kelp (Japanese kombu). Dried kombu strips can be chewed on, and are also loaded with magnesium and other greatly beneficial nutrients. In fact, rather convenient that Japanese have one of the most iodine rich diets in the world.
When all is said and done, the threat of radiation tends to be exaggerated. But, if you want to play it safe, buy yourself some kombu and chew away. It’s more fun than popping potassium iodide pills.