Just in Case Kelp Powder

I don't know if I should be worried about radiation from Japan. But since I have kelp powder laying around I filled up a months worth of capsules for me and Mikey to take.

Kelp, as you may know, has the ability to protect the body from radiation. People in radiation therapy often use it to protect the thyroid. Kelp contains iodine and so if radioactive iodine finds its way to the body the body will reject it simply because it's already full. If the body takes in radioactive iodine than it can bind to the thyroid and cause long term dna damage, cancer and sickness.

It's important to note that long term use of iodine containing foods is not recommended. We'll likely take kelp for 2 weeks to a month at about 20 to 50 grams a day which should bring us to about 1000 mcg of iodine. This is a safe level. Emergency levels are significantly higher.


Colleen said...

how many capsules are you taking a day? thanks!

Murray said...

Interesting, and not a bad idea at all. How do you produce your kelp powder? Sun-dehydrate it and pulse through a food processor?

Maybe I just need to sharpen the steel blade on my food processor, or maybe it's the type of seaweed I'm harvesting, but when I try to make powdered kelp I end up with big chunks my processor won't blend. I've resorted to wet-milling my kelp and freezing it, which isn't such a great solution. Sharing your method would be appreciated :)

valpaella said...

Great info! I too am making kelp capsules, just in case. Would you happen to know the dosage if I'm using "00" size caps? You think 2 caps per day is sufficient? TIA! Val

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne said...


My estimate on dose is pretty loose, guesstimating from a mish mosh of sources and taking averages. Also playing it safe. If anything I left room to raise the dose. I recommend you do some math too. I'd hate to misguide you.


Overboard said...

I have my kelp powder out. How much should I take and what is the best way. You can email me at ferroever@gmail.com if you have the time. I am actually going over to Japan soon, but not to the area that is affected by this tragedy. I am currently on my boat in Baja California.

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne said...

I got my kelp from the supplier, Mountain Rose Herbs: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/

Whatever I can not grow or harvest in my region, I buy from them. They sell the powder or capsules.

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne said...

Oh and to answer another question: I'm taking two capsules two times a day. From what I am "guestimating" from a few sources that estimate the iodine content of powdered kelp.