NASA Space Drink Could Reverse Signs of Aging

Sarah B. Weir
Shine from Yahoo! Canada
May 30, 2012

Digital analyses show reduced damage
Digital analyses show reduced damage

An anti-oxidant packed juice that could turn back the clock on wrinkles, dark spots, and other sun damage? According to researchers at the University of Utah, this fountain of youth might not be science fiction.

See more: How to protect your neck from aging

The beverage, called AS10, was originally developed to combat the harmful effects of solar rays on astronauts who travel outside the protective layer of the Earth's atmosphere. According to the New York Daily News, AS10 was tested on 180 skin-damaged adults and showed promising results. After four months of drinking two servings daily, dark spots were reduced by 30% and wrinkles by 17%. Digital skin analyses were used to confirm the results.

Radiation particles alter oxygen molecules in the body to create "free radicals," unstable electrons that attack cells and may accelerate the aging process. "Think of them as little Pac-men taking bites out of molecules that are essential for cells to function," Dr. Aaron Barson, who worked on the study, told the Daily Mail. AS10 contains high levels of free-radical fighting anti-oxidants derived from fruits including acai, acerola, prickly pear, green tea, pomegranate, and cupuacu (a member of the cacao family).

See more: Hair tricks that make you look seven years younger

Barson says he's planning a broader study this summer. "The effects of oxidative stress on the skin can quickly be modified and the skin can heal itself by drinking AS10."

The active compounds in AS10 were originally tested on mice in a study published the journal Radiation Research in 2011. Scientists found that animals exposed to high levels of radiation who received supplements had an 80% survival rate at 250 days and reduced symptoms compared to a 30% survival rate for the control group.

The big drawback to the new space drink? The cost. A monthly supply of AS10 costs over $100. Not exactly a jar of Tang.

More from Shine on Yahoo! Canada

Surprising things you didn't know about your skin

Five tricks to make cellulite disappear

Why do women pay more for the same drugstore products as men?

What to Read Next

Best. Meatloaf. Ever.

This moist and delicious meatloaf gets exceptional flavor from dry onion soup and a can of tomato soup. It's easy and tasty!

Hilton HHonors™ Card

Get 75,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points! Terms Apply. Offer ends 5/4

Veterans Can Get Great Rates With A Refinance

You could save big by reducing your rate with a VA home refinance. Compare quotes and take advantage of your benefits!

Wireless Home Surveillance for $9/Week

Secure your home for only $9/week and get a FREE wireless camera & security system valued at $850! Get info. ADT Authorized Dealer

Have you tried this yet?

It’s a great way to meet singles over 45

15 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every Day

Do you eat any of these cancer causing foods? Number 12 will surprise you. Check out the list now.