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Eating in Space: Does Nutrition Matter?

Author(s): Joanne R. Lupton, PhD

Overview: Optimal Nutrition for Spaceflight

Four issues will be discussed in this presentation. First, we will address the importance of nutrition to manned spaceflight. Next, we will focus on two key areas of concern that can be impacted positively by nutritional countermeasures: muscle wasting and radiation-enhanced cancer. When nutrients are consumed they affect the entire body, not just one physiological system. So we must consider the effect of any nutritional or exercise countermeasure on the whole person. That topic will be emphasized in section three of this presentation. Finally, we will see how countermeasures developed for use in space apply equally well to health challenges here on earth.


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

This work was supported by National Space Biomedical Research Institute through NASA cooperative agreement NCC 9-58.