(Natural News) Because of their persistence in the environment, dioxins are difficult to remediate once they escape during a chemical incident. Many residents living in and around East Palestine, Ohio, are learning this the hard way right now as they face the ongoing fallout of dioxin exposure from the derailed Norfolk Southern freight train that underwent a “controlled explosion.”
It is now believed that the East Palestine train derailment incident released the largest dioxin plume in world history, which means people need dioxin solutions. One of them is seaweed, which a 2002 study published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry found aids in the secretion of dioxins from the body.
Once inside the body, dioxins tend to accumulate in fat tissue, where they remain indefinitely unless encountered by a scavenger such as seaweed. Varieties like wakame, hiziki, and kombu have been shown to mitigate the gastrointestinal absorption and reabsorption of 17 different types of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin (PCDD) and polychlorinated dibenzofuran (PCDF) congeners.
For their research, Japanese scientists fed Wistar rates four grams of a basal diet containing dioxins or a seaweed diet containing PCDD and PCDF standard solution. The seaweed group received a 10 percent wakame diet, resulting in substantial increases in the fecal release of various dioxin compounds.
“These findings suggest that the administration of seaweed such as wakame is efficient in preventing the absorption and reabsorption of dioxin from the gastrointestinal tract and might be useful in treatment of humans exposed to dioxin,” the study reads.
Be careful: some seaweeds are contaminated
Like most other things in life, sourcing your seaweed from safe sources is crucial to avoid further contamination with chemicals like arsenic, cadmium, and Salmonella. All of these, a 2020 study published in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety found, are potential hazards in contaminated seaweed.
Other risk factors for contaminated seaweed include pesticide residues, dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls, brominated flame retardants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pharmaceuticals, marine biotoxins, allergens, micro- and nanoplastics, other pathogenic bacteria, norovirus, and hepatitis E virus, the same study found.