Astronauts could take red WINE to Mars as it contains the chemical resveratrol which could help explorers stay strong, study claims
A key ingredient in red wine could alleviate the negative effects of future long missions to Mars, like muscle atrophy, according to NASA researchers.
Spaceflight missions of extended duration result in astronaut deconditioning, or a decrease in muscle mass and losses in bone density.
Resveratrol, found in the skin of grapes, substantially supported strength in rats exposed to the wasting effects of a simulated Mars gravity.
The compound was shown to preserve bone and muscle mass in rats, which were used in the experiment, in microgravity during spaceflight.