The Super Antioxidant: Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin was one of the most searched products on Lucky Vitamin this week. This burst in popularity comes after the product was featured in Dr.Oz segment called “The #1 Supplement You’ve Never Heard of That You Should Be Taking.”

Although many people are searching to buy astaxanthin supplements, some people are just trying to learn a little more about it.

Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants yet discovered. One of the natural pigments known as carotenoids, astaxanthin is found in microalgae, salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, lobster, crayfish, yeast, and crustaceans. Interestingly, astaxanthin helps to give salmon fish and flamingos their pink color.

Recent studies have indicated that astaxanthin is 10 times more potent than its cousin beta-carotene, and up to 500 times more powerful than Vitamin E. As an antioxidant, astaxanthin was shown in ORAC testing to be 5 times more potent than Lutein. Unlike some carotenoids, Astaxanthin is not converted to vitamin A (retinol) in the human body. Too much vitamin A is toxic for a human, but astaxanthin has lower toxicity.

Astaxanthin offers multiple health benefits. It has been found to be effective in protecting cell and mitochondrial membranes from oxidative stress, which could potentially provide valuable support for both eye and brain health. Likewise, when looking at the protective effects of UV light on cells, astaxanthin was found to be 1000 times more effective than both beta carotene and lutein. Moreover, astaxanthin has been proven to help prevent eye cataracts.

In addition, it is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory products and can be crucial for people with cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and arthritis. Astaxanthin helps the body to naturally “detoxify” and can improve physical performance as well.

One more important fact is that astaxanthin is fat soluble. Consequently, it is recommended that you take it with meals high in fat in order to maximize absorption.

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