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Do X-rays in airport security disrupt, change, damage or dilute supplements or vitamins?

Answered on November 29, 2017
Created January 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I was curious if multivitamins, fish oil capsules (including fermented), probiotics, Vitamin C, multiminerals, Vitamin D, kelp, magnesium are affected by the airport security X-rays?

Which ones are least likely to change by the x-rays - and better to take?

Which ones are best not taken because of too much damage?

Is it better to carry them in checked or hand luggage?

The reason I ask because years ago I took a live oral salmonella vaccine and I had to have a doctor's note with an ice pack to carry it on the plane. TSA visually inspected but no X-ray as it would have damaged the vaccine. I'm thinking the same thing might happen to probiotics, and possibly other supplements?

Thanks!

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on January 15, 2012
at 02:10 PM

By the way I was thinking along the same lines that Fish Oil and Probiotics are probably the most problematic.

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on January 15, 2012
at 02:09 PM

Actually some of us can detect smaller differences than others - I will compare it to the sense of smell or taste. That's why different things smell or taste different to different people. The n=2 or n=small group of people eating the same food/smelling the same odor. I notice the same recipe I cook using the same high quality Paleo ingredients tastes differently when using my parents' or in-laws' stainless steel cookware. It could be the cookware and/or stove/oven!

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on January 15, 2012
at 02:05 PM

If you think it's a waste of your time and such a laughing stock - why are you bothering to even answer the question>??!!! I'm not interested in opinions but rather answers (with hopefully some evidence or theories). Anyone can have an opinion on anything - that doesn't make them right!

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on January 15, 2012
at 02:03 PM

This is very subjective. You don't know how much a person may travel - they could be on the road 50-75% at times. PH ?s are not all life or death - sometimes just curiosity or learning! How do you know this is 0.001% impact? If you aren't the person asking that questions how would you judge how important it is? There are people asking about saturated fat for thousandth time and very basic Paleo which there are so many internet resources for yet that is never branded a "laughing stock." I'm not paranoid - I'm just trying to figure out if something is beneficial, harmful, or neutral.

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on January 15, 2012
at 02:02 PM

Thanks for your help!

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on January 11, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Damn, those probiotics are only 99.999% effective, as opposed to 100%. And because we're paleo, we can detect such small differences in our health! ;)

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on January 11, 2012
at 05:47 PM

If he's a frequent traveller at long distances, the question should really be "Will all these cosmic rays I'm exposed to affect the supplements". Because he's going to get a whole heck of a lot more exposure from that than from the x-ray machine.

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on January 11, 2012
at 04:54 PM

I think sometimes the questions are asked not so much as an OMG WHAT IF THIS HAPPENS WILL I SURVIVE?? and more of a curiosity.

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on January 11, 2012
at 04:46 PM

I agree that many questions here on PH are downright silly. But let's say you are a frequent business traveller or taking the daily shuttle flight from DC to NY and back. Okay, my justification of this question not being silly is just silly.

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on January 11, 2012
at 05:49 PM

This is all a guess, but I would assume Probiotics and fish oil would be the most affected. Probiotics because it's alive, and fish oil because it goes rancid easily.

Depending on how long your trip is, you probably don't need to bring them anyways. You should be able to miss a few weeks without negatively affecting your health (unless you're in really bad shape).

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 11, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Damn, those probiotics are only 99.999% effective, as opposed to 100%. And because we're paleo, we can detect such small differences in our health! ;)

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on January 15, 2012
at 02:10 PM

By the way I was thinking along the same lines that Fish Oil and Probiotics are probably the most problematic.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on January 15, 2012
at 02:09 PM

Actually some of us can detect smaller differences than others - I will compare it to the sense of smell or taste. That's why different things smell or taste different to different people. The n=2 or n=small group of people eating the same food/smelling the same odor. I notice the same recipe I cook using the same high quality Paleo ingredients tastes differently when using my parents' or in-laws' stainless steel cookware. It could be the cookware and/or stove/oven!

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on January 11, 2012
at 09:58 PM

I'd be more worried about the X/Rays that are absorbed by our skins by the body scanning machines, than whether or not my vitamins will get damaged, since unlike normal X/rays, these are more fully absorbed by skin cells.

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on January 11, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Questions like this are the reason paleohacks is sometimes a laughing stock.

How utterly silly and paranoid some people are. Chasing after this 0.001% potential adverse impact on your health is ludicrous unless the rest of your life is absolute perfection.

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(2301)

on January 11, 2012
at 04:54 PM

I think sometimes the questions are asked not so much as an OMG WHAT IF THIS HAPPENS WILL I SURVIVE?? and more of a curiosity.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on January 11, 2012
at 04:46 PM

I agree that many questions here on PH are downright silly. But let's say you are a frequent business traveller or taking the daily shuttle flight from DC to NY and back. Okay, my justification of this question not being silly is just silly.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on January 11, 2012
at 05:47 PM

If he's a frequent traveller at long distances, the question should really be "Will all these cosmic rays I'm exposed to affect the supplements". Because he's going to get a whole heck of a lot more exposure from that than from the x-ray machine.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on January 15, 2012
at 02:03 PM

This is very subjective. You don't know how much a person may travel - they could be on the road 50-75% at times. PH ?s are not all life or death - sometimes just curiosity or learning! How do you know this is 0.001% impact? If you aren't the person asking that questions how would you judge how important it is? There are people asking about saturated fat for thousandth time and very basic Paleo which there are so many internet resources for yet that is never branded a "laughing stock." I'm not paranoid - I'm just trying to figure out if something is beneficial, harmful, or neutral.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on January 15, 2012
at 02:05 PM

If you think it's a waste of your time and such a laughing stock - why are you bothering to even answer the question>??!!! I'm not interested in opinions but rather answers (with hopefully some evidence or theories). Anyone can have an opinion on anything - that doesn't make them right!

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on January 11, 2012
at 04:05 PM

I work for TSA. When in doubt, check it. Or you could just ask us not to Xray it if you are carrying it with you. Just make sure that if the probiotics are liquid, that they are 3.4 oz or under. As to if xrays are going to damage it, I'm not sure. We have people carrying pills and powders all the time and it has not been an issue. Something that I might have to look into today when I'm at work

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on January 15, 2012
at 02:02 PM

Thanks for your help!

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on November 29, 2017
at 09:14 AM

about the cosmic rays and your quality of food: flying through a solar particle event doesn’t happen often, a NIOSH and NASA study found that a pregnant flight attendant who flies through a solar particle event can receive more radiation than is recommended during pregnancy by national and international agencies.

NIOSH has estimated that pilots fly through about 6 solar particle events in an average 28-year career.
Avoiding exposure to solar particle events is difficult because they often happen with little warning. You can find out whether a solar particle event is currently active through these sources:
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Nowcast of Atmospheric Ionizing Radiation System (NAIRAS)

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on November 29, 2017
at 09:05 AM

15. Can airport x-rays harm raw food?

No. The dose used in an airport x-ray is millions of times less than the dose used on irradiated fruits and vegetables. A few free radicals are created but on the level of the free radicals that are normally created during storage and ripening/decay. What about cosmic radiation? I don't know yet.

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on December 30, 2012
at 12:25 AM

It does if it's insulin. The x-ray scanners destroy the insulin.

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on December 29, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Sharon, Thank you for your intelligent post. Reading certain other responses had me wondering when neanderthals learned to read, write and post on the internet. Ignorance is bad enough, but a bullying attitude on top of it is too much. The next person who tries to intimidate or scoff at a legit question can crawl back into their cave please, or save their aggression for a good mammoth hunt.

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on November 14, 2012
at 10:48 PM

Your question was not stupid at all. People that question you might possibly be though. If you want an answer go to Google Answers: Power of airport security x-ray machines. Category: Science>Technology. Also organicconsumers.org/Irrad/irradFAQ.rtf. Also check info by Phillip Harvey, Ph.D., chief science officer at the National Nutritional Foods Association in Newport Beach, CA.

Obviously, these highly educated people do not think it's a stupid question or a waste of time.

Or if you have no luck here just Google "will airport machines harm vitamins" and then go to "power of airport security x-ray machines".

The short answer at this point in time seems to be NO.

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on January 11, 2012
at 04:06 PM

Short answer: No

Longer answer: will have to wait until I'm at a computer and not my iPhone. It's too hard to type a lot.

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