Grow This For Radiation Protection


Protection from the damage caused by nuclear radiation is a concern of many preppers (and others) who are wary of the fallout resulting from a nuclear disaster.

A new research study at Georgetown University has proposed that a small molecule compound named DIM (diindolylmethane) is a cancer preventive agent that can be safely administered to humans in repeated doses as a medical countermeasure to prevent or mitigate acute radiation syndrome due to whole body exposure.

This compound comes from a vegetable that you can grow in your own garden…



Sound too good to be true? Apparently lab tests on irradiated mice given lethal doses of radiation have proven successful. All of the untreated rats died but well over half of the DIM-treated animals were alive 30 days after the radiation exposure.

Rodents responded positively to treatment with DIM even when it was administered 24 hours after exposure – an important consideration, given that access to treatment might be delayed after a person has been exposed to radiation.

The researchers are looking into using DIM to “protect normal tissues in patients receiving radiation therapy for cancer” and to “mitigate radiation sickness in individuals accidentally exposed to radiation,”

DIM is found not just in cabbage but in all cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and Swiss chard.


It is apparently unclear whether eating enough cabbage can itself provide similar benefits as the extracted DIM compound, but logic indicates that this may be yet another reason to eat your vegetables…

…just thought you might be interested to know this.


About Cabbages

Cabbages thrive when planted with herbs such as dill, mints, rosemary, thyme, and chamomile. Cabbage also grows well with other vegetables and are good companions to onions, garlic, peas, celery, potatoes, broad beans, and beets.

Cabbage contains more vitamin C than oranges, as well as a large number of minerals, including iodine, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. The outer leaves of cabbage contain more Vitamin E and calcium than the inner leaves.

Plant cabbage seeds ¼-½” deep. Transplant or thin small cabbage plants to 15-18” apart in rows 32-36” apart. Cabbage Transplants can be started in April for May planting. Transplant after 4-6 weeks. Use a starter fertilizer, soaking the root ball thoroughly prior to transplanting. Direct seed in late spring, as seedlings can tolerate a light frost. Cabbage can be direct seeded up until mid-late June for a continuous harvest. Ideal soil temperature for cabbage should be 21-26°C (70-80°F) for optimal germination in 4-7 days.

Cabbage prefers full sun, but will tolerate part shade. Prepare a rich, loose soil that holds moisture well and has a pH level of 6.0-6.5. Cabbage is a heavy feeder and will also benefit from applications of boron, calcium and magnesium, particularly during the early stages of growth. To help deter Cabbage worms, use row covers in the earlier part of the growing season – this will prevent moths from laying eggs on the plant. It also helps to manually remove cabbage worms if visible.

Cabbage Heads are ready when firm and when the interior is dense. Heads will split when over mature; rapid growth due to excess moisture and fertility will also cause splitting.


  1. Wow, good to know. I had never heard of this before this article. Good thing I love brussel sprouts.

  2. also, very high, is broccoli fact, I think I read somewhere the sprouts are twenty times higher in this

    also, is supposed to be very good to prevent many other diseases – cancer etc…

  3. I appreciate the article Ken, i never knew cabbage had those properties. In the far east, cabbage has been a staple for a long time, so they likely already knew of some benefit or another long before the scientists started doing tests. I wonder how much i would have to eat to maintain a prophylactic level of these molecules?

    Cabbage is incredibly easy to grow and if you do the starts in a coffee can or a pot, then transplant them, after about six months you’ll have cabbage that rivals anything you could possibly buy at the store. Home grown vegetables are at least an order of magnitude healthier and better tasting than factory farmed, genetically modified ‘frankenfood’.

  4. Wonder if pickled cabbage/Sauerkraut or KimChee have the same effective properties? And how much should you consume for the benefits of protection?

  5. Good info, but that “DIM” stuff comes as a pill and it’s supposed to be good for high blood pressure issues. One could have a bottle of pills around if needed a lot easier than eating cabbage when the area nuclear
    plant starts melting.

    1. Morris,
      I am usually skeptical at the least when i see ‘pills’ purporting to be extract of this or extract of that. Just as with vitamins, you never really know what sort of efficiency they truly have. For instance there are several types of calcium and magnesium supplements on the market, yet a number of them are not readily absorbed by our systems, so taking them imparts little to no benefit. These supplements you speak of may very well do just as the bottle describes, but I would be willing to bet that the natural, organic form of this molecule that is absorbed upon consumption of cabbage is far more effective than a synthesized version.

  6. wondering what you think, Ken, as this has just occurred to me..

    well, we, ourselves, eat a fair bit of broccoli sprouts, which are said to be ten or twenty times higher in DIM even than cabbage, (is good for much else), I figured we are good to go, so to speak.

    just occurs to me now though, does DIM really have this protective effect against radiation, or is it “propaganda”

    reason I wonder, is with Fukoshima starting to look more and more imminent concern, maybe the powers that be are spreading stuff like this, just so we think we can do something?

  7. It took some major digging, as the full text of the research is not readily available- but I found it!, via a link at There are some other articles there, relating to this research. Ok, so it does seem that once exposure is had, ingestion is a problem, due to GI damage. So, administration via injection is the way to go. ” Delivery by a route other than oral (e.g., s.c.) is useful, because GI syndrome may preclude oral administration after whole body exposures.” etc.

    1. this same active component is also in broccali sprouts, only in much higher amounts. cn’t recal for certain, but i think it is twenty times higher. seems like it would be a good idea to snap up a few kg of broccali sprout seeds, and learn to make sprouts.

  8. Buy LOTS of bottles of Potassium Iodide (not Iodine) NOW before stores, mail order run out.

    When Fukushima hit EVERY bottle in PI in the USA was GONE in 7 hours. ONE bottle then sold on eBay for $1200. Crazy.

    I have 50 bottles

    BUY box of N95 level surgical breathing masks and be WAY underground. n95 is size of holes

    Drink ONLY pre explosion water. Water from roof collected in rain barrel – drinking poison. Have six months of old water on hand kept in cool no sun area of basement. SEALED. I had water truck who services offices delivery half a truck to my basement. Have water for 2 years. Also have 2 years of 3600 calorie ER bars for eating from Amazon. Taste awful but full vitamins/minerals etc. for the body, Hard as brick. Melt in your mouth all day. one bar= days one person. Don’t forget your pets! they have thyroid’s too. Do these simple things and your survival increases 95%.

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