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Ori Goshen

June 6, 2012

Can NASA's anti-radiation space drink help your skin look younger?

A fruit drink developed by NASA may be the first sip available from the fountain of youth.

As reported in The Daily Mail, the 'cocktail' is dubbed AS10, and was developed by NASA as a drink packed with anti-oxidants to help astronauts against radiation while traveling in outer space.

Among other ingredients, the beverage blends the Brazilian cupuacu fruit, acai, acerola, prickly pear and yumberry, which are sources of phytochemicals, or compounds that block out harmful effects of radiation.

And, according to the following University of Utah research, the NASA-developed fruit drink could help reverse effects on skin-damaged adults as a result of radiation particles in the body, exposure to UV rays and other environmental factors - even mobile phone radiation.

Sound a little out of this world? Well, the 180-person study showed that after a treatment of drinking two servings every day for four months, the participants' dark spots were reduced by 30% and wrinkles by 17%.


How does it work exactly?

"Radiation particles alter oxygen molecules in the body to create reactive oxygen species (ROS) – so-called ‘free radicals’ which damage cells in a process known as oxidative stress... The toxic molecules are also thought to play a role in the skin ageing process. ROS are created naturally within the body as cells generate energy, but also through environmental factors such as chemicals and ultraviolet light from the sun – the strongest stress to skin. Mobile phone radiation, cigarette smoke and alcohol also generate ROS." (The Daily Mail)

According to Dr. Aaron Barson, the university nutritional scientist who lead the AS10 study: "Think of them as little Pac-men taking bites out of molecules that are essential for cells to function. The skin is the first body tissue to be exposed to UV rays and we know it is sensitive to oxidative stress. Our study shows it greatly benefits from a reduction in this stress."

By the way, AS10 was studied using mice, originally, as reported in Radiation Research in 2011. A larger follow-up study is being planned.

At a cost of $100 a month, would you take on this skin treatment?  

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