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AMAZING Astaxanthin!!
Beth M. Ley, Ph.D.

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid antioxidant gaining lots of attention for its amazing antiaging power! It’s what gives salmon (and other types of red fish) and red algea their reddish color.

Carotenoids in general are antioxidants. They help support the cardiovascular system, help prevent certain illnesses, and they can help to stimulate the immune system. The body turns some carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, into vitamin A. The human body cannot produce carotenoids: it needs to get them from food.

The carotenoid astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant. Astaxanthin is 550 times more powerful than vitamin E and at least 800 times stronger than CoQ10 and vitamin C. It is probably the most power antioxidant we have found to date.

Studies are starting to show its many health benefits. Taken internally, it is used to protect the skin from sunburn and from harmful UV light in general, it is used as a natural anti-inflammatory , and its antioxidant powers can prevent signs of premature aging. It is also used in many health conditions to relieve symptoms or to prevent the conditions from getting worse. This phytonutrient can also increase endurance and help the muscles recover better after a workout.

Who Can Benefit from Taking Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin can help anyone who exercises regularly . It can lead to a better performance in sports, including athletic sports or weight lifting. It also relieves the soreness in the muscles after exercise and can speed up recovery from physical exercise in general. Astaxanthin is a fat-soluble nutrient and once it is delivered with fat into the muscles, it helps to protect the muscles from a variety of degenerative conditions.

Astaxanthin is also one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory agents. Studies have shown that it can relieve the pain, swelling and redness that are the most common symptoms of inflamma- tion. It may help to relieve joint pain and inflammation and can be useful in any conditions that cause inflammation in the joints. You can also take the supplement regularly to keep the joints healthy and to prevent any future problems.

Astaxanthin is an excellent supplement for the skin and it is especially effective against the signs of aging. Aging is caused by oxidation, which happens naturally as the body needs oxygen to create energy in its cells. Oxidation is necessary, but it also creates free radicals that can lead to premature aging. Antioxidants bind themselves to these harmful free radicals and neutralize their damage. Astaxanthin is one of the most important anti-aging nutrients at the moment, and it can also improve the skin's elasticity, increase its moisture content and reduce damage to the skin's cells. It also helps to prevent damage to the skin from the sun's ultraviolet rays. It can be useful for people who spend a lot of time outdoors and need extra protection from sunlight.

Astaxanthin also has properties that can improve the immune system. If you are always catching colds and flu's, or if you are feeling stressed or tired and run down, this supplement can boost your immune system and protect you against infections.

Like many carotenoids, astaxanthin is recommended for a healthy heart. It may help to lower blood pressure and promote cardiovascular health in general.

It may also be helpful in macular degeneration, an eye condition that is related to aging, and it is used in many natural supplements to improve vision and to maintain good eye health.

Studies are planned about its ability to affect blood sugar levels, which could be helpful in diabetes, which is associated with higher than normal free radical activity.

How to Take Astaxanthin

A typical daily dose of astaxanthin for sun protection, anti-aging, a healthy heart and healthy joints is between 4 to 8 mg a day. It does not seem to have any side effects.

It is a good idea to take the supplements with a meal that contains some quality oils, such as olive oil. Because astaxanthin is fat-soluble, taking it together with oils helps the body to absorb its nutri- ents faster. I like to take my astaxanthin with I take my Omega-3 oil supplements.