So, thanks to the research of Keith Cowing over at SpaceRef, we now know that the claims by Ameriscience that NASA had developed antioxidant softgels for the skin were incorrect.
Keith also goes on to note that the doctor whose alleged quotes were circulated is unpaid, uncontactable, works in the Family Practice & Preventive Medecine departments, and the only thing a person with that name ever published on Astro-Nautery was something on Space
Madness Sickness back in 1976.
So, is Ameriscience perpetrating a media fraud to clear out old inventory of an expensive and unsuccessful product? -hrm, …
I admit I originally came at this story from a different angle before I read Keith’s work, and here’s where I’m going to go contrarian to the present urge and tack back into that angle. Tally-Ho!:
We hear a lot about miracles from Brazil,
like sexy bikini-bottoms, the best MMA fighter in history,
fanciful topiary-sculpture downstairs-waxing methodologies for the lady-folk,
and super-antioxidants like the over-hyped Açaí.
And Antioxidant-Superfoods are where I got the original idea; ie:
-For Less Money, Could You Replicate AS10’s [originally] Claimed [and now highly-suspect] Effects?
*Because, like our friend Açaí, AS10 does have a new-to-us Brazilian superfood in it:
Essence of Adriana Lima [note to self: Must Stop Daydreaming] -No; it’s Cupuaçu, the fruit from a type of Cocoa Plant.
And in a study published in 2003, it was reported that Cupuaçu does have some interesting phytochemicals in it, particularly Theograndin II, that were pretty good antioxidants.
They even had some positive effects on colon cancer.
So, Furthermore: Could you just bop down to the produce section of your friendly-neighborhood international market, grab some Cupuaçu, add it to your daily V8 juice-bomb or fruit cup and see if it helps?
-Why not? It’s got to be cheaper than $50 for a 750ml bottle.
And for the bit on my original Budget-AS10 Idea, Here Are AS10’s Ingredients:
Unfortunately like most of these things: Until more actual, real, medical studies come out on the ~new superfood,
the only way to know if it’s really effective is to do the Cupuaçu + V8 regimen, maybe throw in abit of current-antioxidant-king Pomegranate Juice for good measure, and get those Hippie-Light-photos done at the dermatologist every few months to see (preferably in winter to avoid confusion).
-Because now, thanks to Keith, we know that AS10’s claims seem more like something from, …
:: puts shades on::
JUMP BONUS! -Stew Murray’s Endless Caruso One-Liners
“Astronaut Guide”, by Paul Hudson
Topiaries publicity image from Schick Quattro TrimStyle Ad Campaign, Schick
•Source: SpaceRef-False Claim of NASA Participation in Wrinkle Research
•Original Article: TheWeek-NASA ‘Space Drink’
•More Coverage: FlavorsOfBrazil-Cupuaçu, Chocolate’s Upstart Cousin | Wikipedia-Cupuaçu | PubMed-New bioactive polyphenols from Theobroma grandiflorum (“cupuaçu”)