Supplement Developed by KGB Tames Risks of Alcohol-Related Diseases
Angeles CA, 26 April 2004
Source: Spirit Sciences USA, Inc.
joint study conducted by Russia's top three scientific research
institutes has concluded that the supplement pill RU-21 could have
a distinct effect on alcohol metabolism, which would help reduce
alcohol-related harm to the human body. These findings will be published
in the British scientific journal Addiction Biology. RU-21
is an all-natural formula currently marketed in the United States
as a dietary supplement.
test results showed that RU-21 reduces the toxicity of ethyl alcohol
by inhibiting the production rate of acetic aldehyde, the main poison
of alcohol. "Acetic aldehyde boosts the chances of developing about
60 diseases, including alcoholism, several cancers, liver cirrhosis
and neuropsychological disorders, and also contributes to hangover
effects, such as headache, nausea, etc," says Vladimir Nuzhny, MD,
Chief of Laboratory of Toxicology at the National Research Center
on Addiction of the Russian Ministry of Public Health.
study was carried out in accordance with the NIAAA (National Institute
of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) guidelines. Participating institutions
included National Research Center on Addiction of the Russian Ministry
of Public Health, Moscow University of Friendship and Russian Scientific
Research Institute of Health.
Sciences USA, Inc., the company that owns the RU-21 brand, says
the findings are beneficial for the product certification process
currently underway in many countries. And Russian clinical trials
are admissible in most countries, including the US. "Most importantly,
it gives us an opportunity to again stress the point that RU-21
should not be perceived as an anti-hangover pill," says CEO Emil
Chiaberi, "but as a supplement that should be taken even when minimal
amounts of alcohol are consumed to reduce its toxic effects on the
has already become a worldwide phenomenon with millions of pills
selling on all five continents. Once the KGB's secret project decades
ago, RU-21 became a trendy lifestyle product recently due in large
part to its popularity among fashion models and Hollywood stars.
Sciences acknowledges that RU-21 caused a fair amount of controversy
with some critics suggesting that its strong anti-hangover effect
may promote excessive drinking. The company considers such criticism
unfounded on the basis that all scientific evidence available to
date points to contrary.
medical professionals agree. "There is no scientific evidence that
harm reduction, including hangover prevention, causes rise in alcohol
consumption rates," says Dr. Igor Persidsky of Long Beach, California.
"But there is plenty of evidence showing how hangovers can promote
drinking and alcohol dependence. A person who is experiencing a
hangover is simply more likely to consume alcohol just to alleviate
Ewing, a registered dietician at the University of California in
Sacramento, has received many inquiries about RU-21 from students
and is also positive about the product. "I get great feedback from
those who have used it and it seems to really benefit those who
drink in moderation," she says. "A product like this was long overdue
and I'm glad the Russians are sharing with us their alcohol-countering
techniques, which I'm sure they are very qualified to do."
Spirit Sciences USA, Inc.
Sciences is a research-oriented multinational corporation specializing
in developing, testing, manufacturing and marketing of breakthrough
health-related products. Spirit Sciences USA, Inc. is dedicated
to making a positive contribution to society by pioneering a new
category of health-related products into mainstream retail that
focuses on harm reduction for adults who are exposed to health risks
associated with alcohol and tobacco consumption.
is available in GNC stores nationwide, and is scheduled to arrive
in many other major national chains this fall. For additional information
on RU-21, Spirit Sciences USA or the study findings, call (310)
Sciences USA, Inc. (www.spirit-sciences.com,