Astaxanthin Benefits and Dosage

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If you don’t know and love astaxanthin yet, you are about to!  Not only is it fun to say, but it is my new favorite antioxidant.  I will explain Astaxanthin’s dosage and benefits.

It comes from the microalgae haematococcus pluvialis and is a carotenoid.  It is reddish in pigment and is what gives crustaceans their pink color.  It is substantially stronger than all other well-researched antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E, CoQ10, lipoic acid, and beta carotene.

Astaxanthin is a uniquely structured molecule and is fat soluble.  It actually contains oxygen, which sets it apart from other members of the carotenoid family and it has a more polar configuration than other carotenoids.  Astaxanthin is a long-chain structure consisting of a non-polar (hydrophobic) middle zone along with a polar (hydrophilic) structure at both ends which carry with them a great capacity for eliminating free-radicals.

Astaxanthin provides superior membrane protection which is why it has such great anti-aging properties.

Inflammation is also known to be a causative factor of most degenerative diseases.  Research shows that astaxanthin possesses anti-inflammatory properties, most likely due to its antioxidant activities, as it helps to inhibit the formation of the pro-inflammatory mediators that can lead to cardiovascular disease.

Astaxanthin is very important to health.  Among its benefits are:

It has cardiovascular and neuroprotective properties

Both oxidative stress and inflammation are implicated as pathophysiological factors associated with cardiovascular disease.  Multiple studies support the effectiveness of astaxanthin for cardiovascular disease.  It helps to protect against hypertension and stroke, including vasorelaxation through a nitric oxide-related mechanism.

Metabolic Syndrome

Astaxanthin supports insulin sensitivity as it works by increasing glucose uptake, thus reducing fasting blood glucose levels.  It is invaluble in combatting metabolic syndrome.

Eye Health

If you are reading this blog on your computer – then you probably need astaxanthin.  The increased use of screen-based technology – computers, tablets, smart phones – has lead to greater eye strain and tired eyes.  At 6 mg per day, Astaxanthin has been shown to help lessen eye strain by reducing inflammation, improving accommodation and increasing blood flow.

Skin Health

UV radiation from the sun consists of UVA and UVB which both can cause skin damage.  They are the primary factor in skin inflammation and melanin production.  UVA rays are less powerful than UVB, but they can penetrate deep into the collagen layer, weakening its tensile strength.  Astaxanthin protects against UVA-induced aging, helping to maintain a healthy appearance and defend against premature signs of aging.

Sports Performance

Strenuous exercise generates oxidative stress, which in turn can hinder muscle and lipid metabolism.  As an antioxidant, it can improve muscle performance and physical endurance.

Mitochondria are sensitive to oxidative damage and can become dysfunctional if not protected.  Long term dysfunction can lead to fatigue and increased recovery times.

Gastric Health Support

Astaxanthin is useful in various gastrointestinal conditions, in particular with H. pylori, where symptoms of this infection include high levels of oxidative stress and inflammation in the stomach.

Recommended Dosage of Astaxanthin

I recommend taking 6 mg a day of Astaxanthin.  You also want to make sure it is produced by a professional source.  It must be carefully extracted from the microalgae using a solvent-free technology that ensures purity and is in its natural form.  I only recommend using AstaREAL – which is retailed by Designs for Health.

 

Benefits of Astaxanthin

  • Anti-Aging properties
  • Reduces oxidative stress
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Supports eye and gastrointestinal health
  • Sports nutrition and physical endurance
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