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The Fountain Of Youth – Found

NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, known for getting men on the moon, enduring astounding training sessions that few are capable of and – beverages?

Today, NASA announced that a drink that was initially developed to protect astronauts from the sun’s radiation can also noticeably reduce wrinkles and signs of aging in as little as four months!   One of the components included in the drink known as AS10?   Green tea.

The Now-Famous AS10

The Now-Famous AS10

The drink, a blend of fruit and plant derivatives, including cupuacu fruit, acai, prickly pear, yumberry, acerola, grape, pomegranate and, of course, green tea.   Not only does the blend provide a rich array of vitamins and antioxidants (exactly what green tea is famous for), but it also has a high dose of phytochemicals, a chemical that naturally occurs in plants and cause the lush, green color that we love to see in the spring.   This chemical also acts to shield cells from the harmful effects of radiation.

When researchers at the University of Utah tested the effects of nearly 200 people drinking two ounces a day, they found that the drink had a dramatic effect on the people’s faces.   30% of the people’s dark spots were reduced and 17% had less wrinkles!

The drink is thought to be so effective because it helps to destroy free radicals, which damage skin cells.

This drink can be bought as 2.5 fl oz. bottles for $29.95 per six pack.

While this time, I cannot say that tea is the only beverage worth mentioning, the fact that this super-drink could be a part of such a powerful blend is absolutely astounding to me!   Green tea has been toted as a miracle beverage for centuries and now, it can be added to another blend to create a scientifically proven elixir of youth, reversing the damage of the sun and giving people back their baby skin from years ago.

Would you buy this drink to get back your baby bottom face?

UPDATE:

One of my Patch.com readers commented saying that he found the whole idea preposterous and wanted details.   Not one to disappoint and leave my readers hanging, I went on a search and found oodles of news articles on AS10.   However, I did find two that said that the whole ordeal was, in fact, fake.

I am keeping in mind that out of all the websites searched, two said the drink was fake and then the rest still keep to the idea that it is real.

I’ve attached some of the articles below but what are your thoughts?   Is AS10 really the miracle drink it claims to be?   Or is it just another beauty product hoax?

Article stating the issue is a false claim:
http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewnews.rss.spacewire.html?id=1654

Other news sources fooled:
http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12260200-as10-nasas-cure-for-radiation-wrinkles

http://theweek.com/article/index/228525/nasas-wrinkle-erasing-space-drink

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/nasa-astronauts-space-drink-reverse-signs-of-ageing/1/197821.html

http://www.counselheal.com/articles/1887/20120528/nasa-s-drink-astronauts-fight-wrinkles-sun-spots-blemishes.htm

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/nasa-space-drink-can-reverse-signs-of-ageing/261911-17.html

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What Exactly ARE Polyphenols?

When reading about tea, the word “polyphenols” has a tendency of creeping in.   The scientific term is never really explained in too much length, just that they are good for you.

But, that does not seem like enough.   What exactly are polyphenols and why are they good for you?

Polyphenols, according to WiseGeek.com, are “antioxidants in plants that many believe have a substantial amount of health benefits.”   They work to eliminate free radicals in the body, which are known to cause a series of health problems.   Finally, they might help to prevent premature aging (a sort of Fountain of Youth?).

Why are free radicals bad?   Well, put simply, they make you age.   They also damage tissue and might even cause some diseases.   Since these molecules are unstable, they look to bond with other molecules.   This destroys the other molecule’s health and creates a cycle of damage.   By drinking tea and eating food full of polyphenols and antioxidants, you might be slowing down your aging and helping your body in more ways than you can imagine!

However, the jury isn’t completely out on that thought yet.   According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “Epidemological observations and laboratory studies have indicated that polyphenolic compounds present in tea may reduce the risk of a variety of illnesses, including cancer and coronary heart disease.”   Since most of the  findings have mostly been in lab animals, centers like the MD Anderson Cancer Center are collaborating with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to see how humans are affected by tea through clinical trials.

The study will see if tea polyphenols can be even more useful if they are combined with other items like certain foods and vitamin supplements.

So, while it is not yet scientifically proven that the polyphenols found in tea will have any direct benefit to the drinker, it does seem rather likely.   Even if there is no direct benefit, tea still tastes darn good!   The polyphenols are simply an added benefit.

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