6
Sep

Astaxanthin – the new super antioxidant

Astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant discovered so far. More potent than any other antioxidant you can think of. Vitamin C, E, A, resveratrol, beta-carotene, lutein, nothing compares to the free radical scavenging of Astaxanthin.

Where does astaxanthin come from? - Astaxanthin is a pigment created by microalgae in times of stress. The astaxanthin acts like a ‘force-field’ around the algae with the ability to protect the algae for over 40 years without any food or water. Salmon, crabs, lobsters, all get their red colour from the astaxanthin producing algae they feed on. Certain algae produce astaxanthin when they experience a change in their environment such as a lack of water, sun exposure, or a temperature change. Much like our skin, when exposed to excess sunlight over time starts to tan, this is our body’s defense mechanism to protect us against the sun.

 

How is astaxanthin different to other antioxidants? - Unlike most other antioxidants, astaxanthin never becomes a pro-oxidant when exhausted. When typical antioxidants have neutralised free radicals they burn out and become harmful pro-oxidants and actually causing some oxidative stress. Astaxanthin has been shown to never act as a pro-oxidant once exhausted.

As a free radical scavenger astaxanthin is:

  • 65 times more powerful that Vitamin C
  • 54 times more powerful than Beta Carotene
  • 14 times more powerful than Vitamin E

When it comes to singlet oxygen-quenching astaxanthin is:

  • 6000 times stronger than Vitamin C
  • 800 times stronger than CoQ10
  • 550 times strong than Vitamin E

 

How can astaxanthin benefit you? – Astaxanthin has a range of potential health benefits all stemming from its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is the source of most aches and pains whether it be in your joints or muscles. Astaxanthin works to reduce free-radicals, in turn lower inflammation and decrease muscle and joint pain.

Most of our aging can be attributed to oxidative stress and inflammation which is why astaxanthin can be so beneficial to feeling young again. It has been shown to decrease macular degeneration in the eyes, by protecting the cells in the eye from UV damage. As well as protecting in the eye, astaxanthin has been shown to act as an ‘internal sunscreen’ mopping up free radicals created in our skin from too much sun exposure.

With no harmful side effects astaxanthin is the natural anti-inflammatory we should all be taking.