NASA Spinoff

Dietary Formulas Fortify Antioxidant Supplements

“In broad terms, AS10 Life is a comprehensive multivitamin that acts as an insurance policy against nutrient deficiency,” says Montesinos.

According to the manufacturer, the nutrient cocktails in these products provide vitamins, phytonutrients (chemical compounds that occur in plants), and an array of micronutrients for a comprehensive approach to nutrition, plus a blend of antioxidants for protection against environmental stressors like radiation.

Montesinos says certain populations are more likely to benefit from these products, but everybody could derive some benefit. “Undoubtedly, whole foods and a balanced diet are the optimal way to obtain nutrients. But given the complexities of modern society’s approach to food, most of us could benefit from having an extra dose of the compounds you would normally ingest if you ate spinach, broccoli, and strawberries. Aside from that, individuals who are at a higher risk for exposure to oxidative stressors could benefit as well.”

People at higher risk to oxidative stress include nuclear power plant workers, populations near nuclear sites, military forces working in radioactive zones, and civilian populations in the aftermath of a nuclear plant accident. In addition, people who fly frequently, industrial and construction workers, healthcare radiology workers, and sun-tanning salon workers are also at increased risk.

Already, Montesinos finds the supplements have improved—and potentially extended—the lives of thousands of consumers. As a result, these consumers have also reported a reduction in their other health maintenance costs.

Kimberly Samuels of Mission Viejo, California, appreciates the benefits of the products. “Since I have been using them, I have stopped using all my allergy and asthma medications that I have been on since I was 6 years old. I no longer have a need for prescriptions for me to be able to breathe and deal with the seasons and animals.”

The product line is available from small retailers and physician’s offices across the country, as well as in the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and Colombia.

According to Montesinos, a group of doctors recently performed an independent study on the effects of many of these products on skin. The subjects saw a reduction of UV damage as well as a reduction in wrinkles. “We are now hoping for a larger skin care study to see what potential benefit our products might have,” he says. “I am also interested in what kind of impact AS10 can have on the side effects of radiation therapy or chemotherapy.”

As studies and tests continue, Jones finds, “This is another instance where NASA-led research holds great promise for potential applications outside of space flight.”