Astaxanthin – Premier Anti-Oxidant!
While many antioxidants can be obtained by eating organic fruits and vegetables, astaxanthin is derived only from a specific microalgae called Haematococcus pluvialis. The algae uses astaxanthin to protect itself from intense sunlight, ultraviolet radiation and low nutrition.
There are two natural astaxanthin sources: the microalgae that produce it and the salmon and krill which consume the algae directly. The best resources for these foods are wild-caught Alaskan Salmon and Krill Oil Supplement, which offer many other nutritional benefits.
Research indicates astaxanthin may benefit those suffering from inflammatory conditions including arthritis, rheumatoid disorders, metabolic disease, as well as cardiovascular, neurological and liver diseases.
Besides the fact Astaxanthin can increase your muscle capacity and stamina, decrease workout recovery time, and decrease muscle pain. Other proven benefits include:
Reduction of Inflammation
Enhances Heart Health
Decreases Oxidative Stress
Healthy Skin – Studies have shown improvements in skin moisture and elasticity at 4mg/day astaxanthin after 6 weeks.
Protects Against Sunburn
Brain Health – study with healthy adults age 45 – 65 had improved information processing, spatial reasoning and short-term memory after supplementing with 12mg/day of astaxanthin for 12 weeks!
Boost Your Immune System
Helps Prevent and Fight Cancer
Astaxanthin and Eye Health
Astaxanthin is an extremely powerful anti-oxidant: 65 times more powerful than vitamin C, 54 times more powerful than Beta-Carotene and 14 times more powerful than Vitamin E.
Astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier AND the blood-retinal barrier which is a big deal for your brain AND your eyes!
Astaxanthin is a member of the carotenoid family of anti-oxidants that includes beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Of all the carotenoids, only zeaxanthin and lutein are found in the retinas of your eyes. This is because your eye is a highly light and oxygen rich environment, and it needs a large amount of anti-oxidants to prevent damage.
Scientists have specifically studied astaxanthin for its effects on the eyes and discovered that it is completely safe, and much more potent than all the other carotenoids. Specifically it has been shown that astaxanthin supplementation can be effective in preventing a whole list of eye diseases including:
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Cystoid Macular Edema
Central Retinal Arterial and Venous Occlusion
Inflammatory Eye Diseases including retinitis, iritis, keratitis, and scleritis
Astaxanthin is one of the few anti-oxidants that you should consider supplementing because you cannot obtain the recommended dosage from your diet alone without eating tons of salmon or krill. The good news is that are excellent Astaxanthin Supplements available from companies like Jarrow, Doctor’s Best, Life Extension, and Swanson to name a few. It should be taken with a meal with fat because it is fat soluble with dosage from 4 – 16mg per day although there are no harmful effects from higher dosages.