‘A remarkable study among X-ray technicians reveals just how powerful antioxidant vitamins can be. Radiology technicians are nominally protected by elaborate shielding, but they’re still exposed to unnaturally high levels of radiation over the course of a lifetime. As a result, they tend to have higher levels of tissue oxidation. But when a group of techs was supplemented with vitamins C (500 mg) and E (150 mg) daily for 15 weeks, their markers of tissue oxidation plummeted, and their levels of natural antioxidants (such as glutathione and glutathione peroxidase in red blood cells) rose significantly.‘
Delicate cellular structures are oxidized in the presence of high levels of radiation. Intriguing data suggests that maintaining high levels of antioxidants provides partial protection against radiation-induced free radicals.
Lets look at a combination of ‘Super Antioxidants‘ which have been proven to add another layer of cellular protection if you are undergoing or plan to undergo ‘Radiation Therapy‘ as part of your integrative ‘Cancer Treatment Plan‘:
- Glutathione is known as a ‘Master Antioxidant‘ which helps boost immune function and is also very important in heavy metal detoxification. As an antioxidant, glutathione protects cells against the oxidative stress that damages cell membrane proteins. Without adequate glutathione, mitochondrial oxygen metabolism produces large numbers of free radicals, which causes cells to perform poorly or die.
- N-acetyl cysteine or NAC is a sulfur-containing compound that supports natural intracellular antioxidant systems, particularly glutathione, rendering it an effective radio-protective agent.
- Like NAC, S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) is a powerful compound essential for maintaining cellular levels of glutathione.
The “ACE” vitamins (A, C, and E) offer proven antioxidant protection as a result of their molecular structures. High intakes of these vitamins and other antioxidants have been shown to protect airline pilots from radiation exposure due to flying at high altitudes.
Well-documented evidence shows pollen counteracts the effects of severe toxins like radiation and environmental chemicals. Bee pollen antioxidants and bee propolis are clinically proven to strengthen immune response and protect the body from radiation.
Another study found that the most active molecular form of vitamin D — D3 (also known as calcitriol) – can potentially offer protection against a variety of radiation-induced damages, including those caused by background radiation or a low-level nuclear incident.
‘The protective mechanisms are so strong that researchers suggested vitamin D3 should be considered among the prime (if not the primary) non-pharmacological agents to protect against sub-lethal low radiation damage and, particularly, radiation-induced cancer.‘
Note to self: Should you choose to explore supplementation, seek out a qualified Naturopath or Integrative practitioner who will be able to guide you along this track. Please also remember to consult with your specialist regarding any ‘proposed supplements‘ prior to commencement, to ensure there are no contraindications with your Oncologist prescribed treatment plan.