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Study finds why travelling through space accelerates ageing & causes long-lasting health problems.
Data from NASA Twin Study, 59 astronauts & cell samples that were previously flown in space were studied.
The problems are due to damage to ‘mitochondria’ – structures within human cells that produce energy.
Dietary supplement like Coenzyme Q10 (an antioxidant which occurs naturally in the body) can offset mitochondrial damage.
“The study identifies mitochondrial dysfunction, a hallmark of ageing and metabolic diseases, as an adverse effect of space travel.” - Gary Hardiman.
Research by Queens University Belfast published in Journal Cell.