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Title: Nutritional supplements as radioprotectors -- A review and proposal

Abstract

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).

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
334244
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-98-3405; CONF-980884-
ON: DE99002283; TRN: 99:005000
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Founding convention of the Mars Society, Boulder, CO (United States), 13-16 Aug 1998; Other Information: PBD: [1998]
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
56 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, APPLIED STUDIES; 55 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, BASIC STUDIES; RADIOPROTECTIVE SUBSTANCES; RADIOSENSITIVITY EFFECTS; RESPONSE MODIFYING FACTORS; NUTRIENTS; RADIATION PROTECTION

Citation Formats

Muscatello, A.C. Nutritional supplements as radioprotectors -- A review and proposal. United States: N. p., 1998. Web.
Muscatello, A.C. Nutritional supplements as radioprotectors -- A review and proposal. United States.
Muscatello, A.C. Thu . "Nutritional supplements as radioprotectors -- A review and proposal". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/334244.
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abstractNote = {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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