PROTECTIVE EFFECTS OF CERTAIN NATURAL FOODS AGAINST WHOLE-BODY IRRADIATION
Technical Report,14 Oct 1958,31 Jan 1961
VANDERBILT UNIV NASHVILLE TN NASHVILLE United States
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Rats maintained on a purified diet were divided into groups A control group maintained on purified diet alone other groups in which the basal diet was supplemented with either broccoli, green beans, or mustard greens. Animals were given either 800 r or 700 r different experiments total-body x-irradiation. Male rats fed broccoli or mustard greens and given 800 r total-body x-irradiation had a slightly longer survival time than animals given basal diet alone. However, in an experiment in which male rats were given 700 r total-body x-irradiation, animals on basal diet alone survived as long as those receiving natural food supplements. Female rats fed mustard greens and given 800 r total-body x-irradiation showed better survival than either controls fed basal diet alone or those given broccoli supplements. However, when the irradiation dose was decreased to 700 r no significant differences were observed between the three groups.