Military Antioxidant Supplement Testing

PMC is proud of their ongoing collaboration in research regarding the health effects to individuals working in the military. Research efforts include examinations of the potential adverse health effects that are unique to military personnel. PMC is also dedicated to creating and changing supplement formulas to meet and in fact, exceed the health needs of the military.

U.S. Military Collaborated Antioxidant and Micronutrient Research

PMC’s military science and research focuses on the biological protection of military personnel. Collaboration efforts include the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) and Marine Corps Systems Command for combat and non-combat environmental stressors, the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) and Naval Medical Center (NMC) for blast exposure and hyperbaric oxygen toxicity, and the Naval Medical Center (NMC) for acute acoustical trauma.

NASA and the Russian Academy of Sciences

NASA and the Russian Academy of Sciences

The PMC doctors have worked alongside NASA and the Russian Academy of Sciences to study the protective effects of supplemental antioxidant treatment in laboratory animals exposed to high doses of radiation. PMC is also working in collaboration with Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) to study the effectiveness of a supplemental formula in combating damage in the body caused by radiation.

The PMC military formulation had to undergo significant scientific review by military scientists in order to receive the go ahead to be given to operating forces.  This approval was given by the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) and is the first combination multiple antioxidant formulation to receive Institutional Review Board Recommendation.  PMC has developed three Cooperative Research and Development Agreements with the Department of Defense.

Other studies are also underway as PMC continues their commitment to providing exemplary supplements that are particularly suited to the health needs of the military.

Contributors to Oxidative Stress in the Armed Forces

Oxidative Stress and Military Personnel

Oxidative Stress and Military Personnel

Individuals serving in the armed forces face unique challenges, both physically and environmentally. In terms of increases in the production of free radicals in the body, due to chronic stress, people serving in the military are at particularly high risk. While it’s certainly easy to understand the reasons behind this phenomenon, the implications are perhaps more difficult to conceptualize. Over time and with continued exposure to chronic stress, free radicals in the body cause damage to organs, tissues and the protective membrane that surrounds each and every cell. This leads to impaired immunity that leaves the body susceptible to simple problems like colds and flu and to more severe problems like cardiovascular disease and cancer. The natural approach to preventing this damage and subsequent illness is a regimen that includes antioxidant compounds. PMC, in conjunction with several branches of the United States military, has taken steps to further understand the mechanisms of chronic exposure to stress and chemicals and the use of antioxidants to combat them.

The primary contributor to oxidative stress in the military is chronic exposure to physical and emotional challenges that exceed an individual’s resources. Chemicals that individuals in the armed forces are often exposed to include fuels, substances used in chemical warfare and even oxygen used in hyperbaric environments. While oxygen is often perceived as a benign naturally occurring element, when it is applied in large quantities disproportionate to other elements, it causes extreme stress on the body. Hyperbaric oxygen is, as an example, administered to military personnel who work in the naval special forces.

Explosions that are commonly experienced by military personnel can administer dangerous levels of chemicals that can increase oxidative stress. A sudden, relatively large scale explosion can create sound waves that can directly injure organs and triggers a stress reaction. This stress reaction includes the release of millions of damaging free radicals into the bloodstream.

In addition to chemicals and explosions and their effects on the bodies of military personnel, a consistent threat of exposure to radiation exists. This exposure can be a result of the use of military equipment, working in locations with high levels of natural radioactivity and immersion in an environment that is the frequent recipient of radioactive weaponry.