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Astaxanthin (pronounced asta-zan-thin) is hailed as the most powerful antioxidant known. It is routinely claimed to be 800 times stronger than CoQ10, 6,000 times stronger than Vitamin C and more than 500 times stronger than the catechins in green tea.

For me astaxanthin is the only pill form of supplement (it is not feasible to take it in any other form) I take and there is a noticeable difference between the times I am taking it and not taking it. I am a regular exerciser and lack of muscle fatigue when I am working out and subsequent recovery are noticeably superior when taking Astaxanthin.

Astaxanthin is a wide-acting antioxidant but the easily-seen and experienced benefits generally fall into the categories of:

  • Increased strength and endurance
  • Relief from muscle stiffness and soreness
  • Quicker recovery after bouts of strenuous activity, and
  • It promotes sun tanning

The evidence also suggests a range of long-term benefits that include:

  • Reduction of visible signs of age
  • Brain and nervous system protection from free radicals
  • A reduction in skin imperfections like age spots, freckles and dry skin, and
  • Increasing the resistance of your skin to free-radical damage from the sun

Small quantities of astraxanthin occur in salmon, krill and shrimp but this product is made from Haematococcus pluvialis (H. pluvialis) which is much more powerful. This is astaxanthin sourced and manufactured in New Zealand.

The Natural Abundance astaxanthin contains 90 capsules of 4 mg strength. The suggested dose is 2 capsules per day.

We offer a money back guarantee on this product if you are not completely satisfied. Simply send the unused capsules back to Natural Abundance and we will refund the equivalent cost of purchase.

The basis of the effectiveness of Astaxanthin is that it is a powerful antioxidant that draws its strength from:

Unique composition

Unique Composition
Astanxanthin’s strength is its unique composition and versatility:

  • It is one of the only antioxidants that cannot be turned into a pro-oxidant
  • Astaxanthin is fat soluble but can thrive in both lipid (fat) and aqueous (water) conditions meaning it works right throughout the body
  • It has a unique chemistry that allows it to bridge cell membranes which allows it to bond directly with muscle tissue and dross the ‘blood-brain barrier’. This means that it can deliver antioxidant activity through the bloodstream to the cells, muscles and organs and also directly to the brain, eyes and nervous system
  • Astaxanthin assists in the recycling of other antioxidants including Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, lycopene and glutathione. It has the ability to re-energise these antioxidants which increases their lifespan and functional life, and
  • Astaxanthin is not body-part specific, unlike most antioxidants. It works right throughout the body

Carotenoid

Carotenoids
Carotenoids are the antioxidant chemicals that typically occur in colourful fruits and vegetables. Different colours are associated with different carotenoids. Carotenoids generally:

  • Maintain the healthy lining of the digestive tract, respiratory tract and skin
  • Promote normal cell growth
  • Promote effective communication between cells (which has a cancer inhibitory effect), and
  • Contributes to overall good health and decreases susceptibility to age related diseases.
  •  Carotenoids also help maintain the healthy lining of your digestive tract, respiratory tract, and skin.
  • Promote normal cell growth
  • promotes effective communication between cells (when this fails to happen, tumor can grow)
  • promotes normal fertility and ovarian function in women
  • Promotes eye health
  • Contributes to overall health and decreases chances of age related diseases

Astaxanthin is a bright red carotenoid and is from the same family as lycopene (tomato, carrot, watermelon), lutein (spinach, kale) and beta-carotene (carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes)

Adding Astaxanthin to the diet provides benefits across a broad range of life functions and risks:

Ageing

Ageing and Antioxidants
There is a widely held view that many of the adverse effects of ageing and preventable and are the result of oxidative damage and stress. Our bodies are increasingly exposed to oxidative stress through:

  • The so-called diseases of modern living, particularly cancer and the range of inflammatory illnesses that now abound
  • Cigarette smoke and exhaust fumes
  • Highly processed food packed with chemical additives
  • Radiation
  • Modern drugs, and
  • Certain types of strenuous exercise (particularly long cardio sessions)

As we age and the body progressively loses its ability to produce antioxidants in sufficient quantities to counter the damage of free radicals our bodies are put into a state of being subject to irreversible oxidative damage to cells, body tissues, brain cells and the immune system.

This leaves us vulnerable to cancer, cardiovascular disease, degenerative diseases like arthritis and premature advanced ageing.

The way to counter much of this free radical damage is through the introduction of antioxidants into the diet. The advantage of Astaxanthin is that it is:

  • 15 times more effective than Vitamin E
  • 18 times more effective than grape seed extract
  • 50 times more effective than Beta Carotene, and
  • 60 times more effective than Vitamin C

Bone Joint and Inflammation

Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI)
A number of studies have been carried out on sufferers of RSI, Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) and Carpel Tunnel which showed that regular supplementation with Astaxanthin decreased wrist pain and the ability to take up normal activities that had been stopped with the onset of RSI and OOS.

Arthritis
Astaxanthin has shown the ability to significantly decrease the pain associated with arthritis in some people along with the ability to carry out greater range of movements. The means by which this occurs has been the subject of a number of studies and the outcomes of those studies showed:

  • Astaxanthin shows anti-inflammatory properties and inhibits the formation of pro-inflammatory mediators, and
  • It inhibits nitric oxide production and inflammatory gene expression through supressing a number of DNA damagers

There is a study of people with rheumatoid arthritis which showed:

  • On a dose of 4 mgs per day there was a reported 85% improvement in pain scores
  • A 60% improvement in mobility, and
  • A 30% improvement in gastrointestianal comfort (compared to taking prescription medications)

Inflammation
Inflammation is a complex physical and biochemical process which in small amounts is essential for our survival. Inflammation is involved naturally in the response of our immune system to fight infection or to repair damaged tissue.

However, excessive and prolonged inflammation can lead to tissue damage and it is believe that inflammation is a (if not the) major cause of many life-threatening diseases and conditions.

Astaxanthin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and inhibits four key leading causes of Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced inflammation, namely:

  • Interleukin 1
  • Prostaglandin E-2
  • Nitric Acid, and
  • Cox-2 Enzyme

Astaxanthin has been shown to eliminate some of the negative effects of LDL oxidation. Oxidative damage to membrane lipids and LDL contributes to:

  • The progression of atherosclerosis
  • Coronary plaque instability, and
  • The incidence of actute coronary syndromes

Cancer Risk Prevention

Free Radical Damage
Whilst there are many contributing factors in the development of cancer, free radical damage will almost certainly be in play. Free radicals are unstable, destructive molecules that attack and steal electrons from healthy molecules. Those healthy molecules could consist of many things including enzymes your DNA or essential cell proteins.

The damage that is inflicted on cells and the ramification of that damage as it spreads throughout your body is cell dysfunction, cell death and ultimately health problems like cancer, inflammation and heart disease.

The process is referred to as oxidation and the primary means of protection is anti-oxidation. The advantage of Astaxanthin as an antioxidant is that it has such a wide spread of effectiveness.

Cardiovascular

Heart Health
The research to date points to Astaxanthin being able to provide a range of protections against heart disease. A number of studies have shown that Astaxanthin at 12 mg per day can increase your HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) by 15% and reduce triglycerides by up to 25%.

It can also reduce your C-reactive protein, which is seen as a biomarker for unseen systematic inflammation by up to 20%.

Energy, Endurance & Exercise

Reduces Oxidative Stress
Astaxanthin increases muscle performance and endurance. The mechanism by which it achieves this is through neutralising and purging the highly reactive forms of oxygen (free radicals) that are part of vigorous exercise.

Oxidative stress occurs when excess reactive oxygen particles build up (as they typically do during exercise) and the body has no quick way of neutralising them. Oxidative stress leads to muscle fatigue and declining performance along with the feeling of muscle soreness following exercise.

Astraxanthin is extremely effective in neutralising large quantities of free radicals. It actually assists cell metabolism through supporting the cells energy centres (the mitochondria) to function at optimum capacity.

Relieves Stiff Tired Muscles
Astaxanthin aids in muscle recovery and appears to work on both the joints and muscles. The same mechanisms that are at work in enhancing athletic performance are also working to promote recovery. Muscles that are under less oxidative stress recover faster. Astaxanthin is working at the cellular level promoting mitochondria health which further speeds recovery.

There have been a number of clinical studies and trials on Astaxanthin particularly related to exercise, recovery and muscle soreness. Some of those studies include:

Swedish Study
This was a double-blind clinical study with 40 participants aged in their early twenties:

  • 20 participants took 4 mg Astaxanthin for 3 months the other 20 took a placebo
  • The study assessed their ability to do squats over the 3 month period
  • The placebo group increased their ability to do squat repetitions by 22%
  • The Astaxanthin group increased their squat repetitions by 62%
  • The Astaxanthin group showed significantly less muscle soreness and pain over the 3 month period as well as significant demonstrable strength and endurance improvement

University of Memphis
Carried out a double-blind randomised clinical trial to study the effectiveness of Astaxanthin in delaying muscle soreness after heavy resistance exercise:

  • Following vigorous exercise the placebo group showed muscle soreness for 48 hours
  • The Astaxanthin group had no soreness following exercise and exhibited improved exercise recovery time and increased endurance

Male health

Semen Quality
A randomised trial was conducted on semen quality following Astaxanthin supplementation. The results showed 480% more pregnancies with the Astaxanthin group over the placebo.

Skin, hair & eyes

Unique Sun Protection
One of the amazing thins about Astaxanthin is that it can give you protection from the sun and promotes tanning. Astaxanthin supports the skin to defend itself against damage from ultraviolet radiation.

Astaxantin is in effect a sunscreen that is active throughout your whole body by assisting the body's own antioxidant defence mechanisms. It does this by itself but also through harnessing the sun protective qualities of Vitamin C and E and Beta Carotene at the skin structure level.

With regard to sun protection:

  • Astaxanthin should be taken at the 4 mg per day level for 2 weeks to be fully effective
  • Results show a significant increase in the amount of time taken to redden the skin and the time taken to burn
  • Sun sensitivity decreases
  • Alleviates the forming of red blotches and irregular tanning on exposure to the sun, and
  • A patent has been registered in the US for the use of Astaxanthin as an oral and topical sunscreen

A good way to even further increase the effectiveness of Astaxanthin is to use it in combination with raw virgin coconut oil which also has a significant anti-oxidative impact.

Eye Protection
A well-researched benefit of Astaxanthin is the protection of the macula and retina from free radicals. This has the effect of decreasing the risk of macular degeneration which is the most common form of blindness.

Astaxanthin is also shown to retard the development of cataracts.

The other two compounds that protect us from macular deterioration are lutein and zeaxanthin which is found in abundance in Goji Berry.

Eye Fatigue
Astaxanthin has been shown to improve eye fatigue, particularly in relation to spending low hours in front of a computer monitor. A part of that relief appears to be Astaxanthin's ability alleviate shoulder and lower back stiffness which commonly accompanies straining over a computer for long periods.

Skin Protection
One of the people I have recommended Astaxanthin to has found the most significant benefit to be to her skin. In her words, 'I am at that age where the skin is not in the condition it used to be and Astaxanthin has made a considerable difference'. She noticed a difference between 4 mgs per day compared to 2 mgs.

There are lots of good reasons for using antioxidants in general but a number of reasons for using Astaxanthin in particular:

Antioxidants versus Free Radicals

A Numbers Game
There’s a nice passage written by an antioxidant guru Dr Corish that goes along the lines of:

  • Vitamin C and E (for example) can handle one free radical at a time and neutralise them, but once they have done that they are exhausted
  • They have no further ability to go out and hunt down another free radical, unless they can be recharged. Which in some cases they can. Neutralised Vitamin C can be recharged with Vitamin E, alpha lipoic acid and ubiquinol
  • Which is why we need to take antioxidants, supplements and vitamins on a daily basis; because we deplete our reserves
  • And once we deplete our reserves it becomes a numbers game. The free radicals outnumber the antioxidants
  • Once you are in the position of not having enough antioxidants to attack all the free radicals you are in the position of experiencing cellular damage which if left to continue will lead to disease

Which is why we need antioxidants and why we need antioxidants that can provide a wide range of protection.

Pro-oxidation

Antioxidant Depletion
A significant difference between Astaxanthin and other antioxidants is that it can never become a pro-oxidant. Which is different from other antioxidants which when depleted or exhausted can work in the opposite fashion (switching teams Dr Corish says).

The research to date says that Astaxanthin does not become a harmful molecule regardless of the level of depletion or exhaustion.

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