Nutritional supplements as radioprotectors -- A review and proposal

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The scientific literature contains several reports that show nutritional substances, such as vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals), provide substantial radioprotective effects in animal studies. Incorporating these substances to the human diet, already voluntarily practiced by a large segment of the population, in addition to providing other favorable health effects, may also provide a radioprotective effect. This potential radioprotective effect would be very useful in mitigating the effects of occupational radiation exposure to astronauts (especially future Mars explorers), airline crews, nuclear workers, both commercial and government, and populations exposed to nuclear accidents, e.g. Chernobyl. This paper reviews the existing evidence ... continued below

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Muscatello, A.C. December 31, 1998.

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The scientific literature contains several reports that show nutritional substances, such as vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals), provide substantial radioprotective effects in animal studies. Incorporating these substances to the human diet, already voluntarily practiced by a large segment of the population, in addition to providing other favorable health effects, may also provide a radioprotective effect. This potential radioprotective effect would be very useful in mitigating the effects of occupational radiation exposure to astronauts (especially future Mars explorers), airline crews, nuclear workers, both commercial and government, and populations exposed to nuclear accidents, e.g. Chernobyl. This paper reviews the existing evidence of radioprotective effects by nutritional supplements and proposes that their efficacy be evaluated, first with animal studies, followed by human tests with astronauts and cosmonauts on long-term missions, such as to the Mir space station and the International Space Station (ISS).

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INIS; OSTI as DE99002283

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  • Founding convention of the Mars Society, Boulder, CO (United States), 13-16 Aug 1998

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  • Report No.: LA-UR--98-3405
  • Report No.: CONF-980884--
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 334244
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc688966

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Muscatello, A.C. Nutritional supplements as radioprotectors -- A review and proposal, article, December 31, 1998; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc688966/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.