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Antioxidant Power - Astaxanthin

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Astaxanthin is a unique super-carotenoid which is an antioxidant. It hunts and helps fight off the dangers free-radicals which invade your cells to cause cancer or disease. It compares well to other nutrients and antioxidants as far as free-radical hunting and neutralizing.

The studies show this substance as a free-radical fighter can be:

• 65 times more powerful than vitamin C
• 54 times stronger than beta-carotene
• 14 times more potent than vitamin E
Astaxanthin has been shown to be more effective than other carotenoids and other nutrients at ‘singlet oxygen quenching’ by being up to…
• 550 times more powerful than vitamin E
• 800 times stronger than CoQ10
• 6000 times greater than vitamin C
• 550 times more powerful than green tea catechins
• 11 times stronger than beta-carotene
Astaxanthin was even found to be as much as 2.75 stronger than lutein with regard to singlet oxygen quenching.

And here’s even more on how astaxanthin is potentially so effective because it:

  • It is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and the blood-retinal barrier (beta-carotene and some others don’t do this)
  • Protects your eyes, brain, and nervous system from oxidative stress
  • Potentially reduces DNA damage caused by free radicals

The good thing is, it is available in pill form from you local health food store. Although as in other products, its good to know which brands are better than others. There are warnings and issues you should be aware of, such as making sure you are actually getting the REAL thing.

  • If you believe you’re eating healthy by eating salmon, but the salmon is not ‘wild’ or ‘naturally colored,’ there’s a good chance you’re consuming synthetic astaxanthin without knowing. Why is that a concern? The majority of synthetic astaxanthin is produced from highly-processed petrochemicals. That means you could be consuming some forms of synthetic chemicals if you eat farmed salmon!

Fish farmers need a way to color the salmon so they look fresh (attractive pinkish-orange-red color). That’s where often times synthetic astaxanthin works for that issue.

  • When buying salmon, I recommend you make sure to find wild Pacific salmon or Norweigen Salmon because it contains astaxanthin that is:
  • 20 times stronger than synthetic astaxanthin;
  • 400% higher in quantity than farmed salmon.

Even if you can afford (very expensive) and find genuine wild Pacific salmon, there still is a risk of high levels of mercury and other unwanted toxins. You would have to eat several ounces every single day to get the dose of astaxanthin that is present in the natural supplement.

So how should you get natural astaxanthin:

• Wild Pacific salmon is expensive for most people.

• You’d have to eat approximately 3-4 ounces per day, every day, to get the approximate equivalent of 4mg of a natural astaxanthin supplement.

Krill oil has one of the highest concentrations of astaxanthin on the market today and new research shows you can benefit from even higher amounts. It is recommended to use a good quality supplement. To know that - look for:

•Astaxanthin which is created from natural marine microalgae and not some form of fungus, or some other less effective form.
•Because of the fact that astaxanthin is best absorbed when taken with a ‘fatty’ meal (lipid soluble), look for a formula that contains some sort of natural oil or fatty acid that will help maximize your absorption. Without this additional ingredient, your absorption could be almost useless.
• In addition, make sure the manufacturer can provide solid evidence they don’t use chemical solvents or preservatives in their formulation processes.
• Due to new research, most recommendations for daily dosages of natural astaxanthin can now range from 4-8mg.
But due to recent research, it is recommended you consider a separate astaxanthin supplement to complement krill oil, so take them together.

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