Carotenoids are types of naturally occurring pigments which have powerful antioxidant properties that are beneficial for our health. AstaXanthin is a red-orange carotenoid pigment, derived from micro algae, fish and crustaceans, which has been the the subject of a number of clinical trials. Research shows that it has some impressive health benefits.
Astaxanthin has a particularly strong free radical scavenging activity which helps to protect the body’s cells, organs and tissues from oxidative stress. Research has demonstrated its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and established it as “and appropriate candidate for development as a therapeutic agent for cardiovascular oxidative stress and inflammation”1
Astaxanthin has also been found to lower triglycerides and raise HDL-cholosterol as well as improve blood flow “in an experimental microcirculation model”. 2
Unlike many other antioxidants, astaxanthin has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier which means that it exerts a protective effect on the brain and eyes. Indeed, researchers who carried out studies looking at neurotoxins and their damaging effects on certain brain cells noted that cells treated with astaxanthin showed significant protection. 3
Here are some other nutrients that are part of the same chemical family as astaxanthin:
Lutien is one of the major carotenoids found in the human eye, specifically in the macula and retina. Supplementation with lutein has been found to reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.
VITAMIN A (BETA CAROTENE)
Beta-carotene is converted by the human body into vitamin A (retinol). Vitamin A is necessary for good eye health, a strong immune system and healthy skin and mucus membrane.
VITAMIN E (D-ALPHA TOCOPHEROL)
Vitamin E helps to protect our cells from the damage caused by free radicals. It also supports the immune system and helps to widen blood vessels and prevent blood from clotting. D-alpha tocopherol is the natural form of vitamin E, which is better retained by the body compared to the synthetic form (dl-alpha-tocopherol)
Made using BioAstin Natural AstaXanthin, the world’s best selling brand of AstaXanthin and reviewed by the US FDA without objection.
- Pashkow, FJ, Watumull, DG, Campbell CL, Astaxanthin: a novel potential treatment for oxidative stress and inflammation in cardiovascular disease. The American Journal of Cardiology (2008), 101(10A):58D-68D.
- Kidd P (2011) Astaxanthin, cell membrane nutrient with diverse clinical benefits and ant-aging potential. Altern Med Rev. 16(4):355-64.
- Liu X, Osawa T, Astaxanthin Protects Neuronal Cells against Oxidative Damage and is a potent candidate for brain food. Food Factors for Health Promotion. Forum Nutr. Basel, Karger, (2009) 61: 129-135 (doi: 10.1159/000212745)