|‘Space drink’ concocted by NASA helps reduce wrinkles|
A “space drink” originally concocted by NASA to protect astronauts from radiation is having out-of-this-world results on battling wrinkles, blemishes and other skin damage from the sun.
Researchers at the University of Utah found the drink known as AS10 has shown 'miraculous' results on the 180 skin-damaged participants in their human trials.
After just four months of drinking two shots of the potion daily, UV spots were reduced by 30% and wrinkles by 17%.
The drink is a blend of exotic fruits, including acai, acerola, prickly pear, yumberry, grape, green tea, pomegranate and Brazil’s cupuacu.
The ingredients provide high amounts of vitamins and phytochemicals that block harmful effects of radiation, the researchers say. It also has plenty of antioxidants that ward off oxidative stress, or “free radicals” that damage skin cells.
“The skin is the first body tissue to be exposed to UV rays and we know it is sensitive to oxidative stress,” explained Dr Aaron Barson, a nutritional scientist.
“Our study shows it greatly benefits from a reduction in this stress. The effects of oxidative stress on the skin can be quickly modified and the skin can heal itself by drinking AS10,” said Barson, who is planning a larger study this US summer.
Participants, mostly women, drank a little over 2 ounces of AS10 a day.
The out-of-this-world formula is available at various outlets online. A 25-ounce bottle (good for about 12 days) costs about $50.
Before (left) and after results on skin pigmentation from using NASA cocktail.