Health benefits of Astaxanthin
With life expectancy higher than ever before, the whole world is getting older - and many of us are feeling it!
While it’s great to live a longer life, it also means being exposed to more of the things that can affect our health. Stress, toxins, UV light, pollution, disease, poor diet, and various unhealthy lifestyle habits can all cause serious harm to the body. As a result, we become more susceptible to health issues.
But healthy ageing IS possible - with antioxidants. And the best of the bunch is Astaxanthin.
What is Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin (pronounced “as-ta-ZAN-thin”) is a potent natural antioxidant derived from a type of microalgae. Research has shown that it’s even more powerful than carotenoids beta carotene, lycopene, lutein and even vitamin E. In fact, astaxanthin is believed to be one of the best antioxidants for protecting your body’s cellular membranes from harmful free radicals.
The important thing to know is that the natural form of astaxanthin is much more effective than synthetic: up to 20 times more, in fact!
Why do we need protection from oxidative stress?
Ageing is a natural process that can’t be avoided. However, age has a different effect on every one of us, depending on various biological, physiological, and environmental influences.
Oxidative stress occurs when our own antioxidant defences are overwhelmed by harmful reactive oxygen species (ROS). These ROS are highly toxic to cells. They are highly reactive, which means they can cause severe damage to your body’s own cells.
Our bodies produce ROS as part of normal metabolic functions every day. However, we are also exposed to these harmful species in our air, in our food, in UV light, and many other aspects of daily life.
Age also means longer exposure to these ROS. Unfortunately, as we get older, our body’s own store of antioxidants decreases and becomes less efficient. Our natural repair mechanisms also become less effective.
This is bad news for your body. ROS damage can affect the health of your heart, brain, eyes, immune system, muscles, and almost every other bodily function.
How can you protect yourself from this damage? Astaxanthin!
The benefits of Astaxanthin
Protects against oxidative stress
More than 500 clinical studies have reported on the protective benefits of astaxanthin. The antioxidant activity of this natural substance is shown to be 10 times higher than that of other carotenoids, and over 500 times more effective than vitamin E. It’s also several thousand times more powerful than vitamin C.
Astaxanthin has a unique structure that allows it to pass through cell membranes quickly and easily. Once absorbed, it can provide powerful protection for many organs and tissues such as muscles, skin, lungs, and heart.
Numerous studies have confirmed that astaxanthin can help reduce both oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation. This in turn can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease, while also strengthening the immune system, lowering triglycerides and inflammatory markers (such as C-reactive protein), reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases, and blocking oxidative damage to DNA.
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Supports cardiovascular health
Oxidative stress can seriously harm cardiovascular cells, affecting their function and increasing the risk of chronic heart disease.
Research has shown that astaxanthin is beneficial for cardiac function, especially for people who have suffered higher levels of oxidative stress and inflammation, such as heart failure. Astaxanthin helps to reduce the harmful oxidation of lipids, improve oxidative status, and help increase levels of ‘good’ (HDL) cholesterol.
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Helps protect eyes and vision
Our eyes are constantly exposed to oxidative stress from UV light, which can be disastrous for the densely-packed cells of the retina. Oxidative stress has been linked to a range of eye diseases, including cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
However, taking astaxanthin can help protect against UV light and AMD, while also improving blood flow to the eye.
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Helps protect against skin ageing
UV rays damage our skin by stimulating the production of free radicals, which break down collagen and DNA. This leads to sunburn, age spots, wrinkles, and even skin cancer.
Astaxanthin can help protect the skin from UV radiation, reducing photoaging.
Even better, astaxanthin has been shown to boost skin elasticity and moisture, while reducing age spots and wrinkles!
Supports muscle strength
As we age, our muscles lose volume and strength. This is due to a decline in skeletal muscle fibers, which can lead to weaker muscles and reduced mobility.
Studies in elderly patients have shown that taking astaxanthin alongside a functional training programme can help boost muscle strength, endurance, and mobility.
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Aids cognitive function and brain health
Astaxanthin can cross the blood-brain barrier, which is a powerful mechanism for treating neurodegenerative diseases. It’s been found that taking astaxanthin can slow down the brain aging process by boosting levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF),
When elderly people were given daily doses of astaxanthin for 12 weeks, they were able to perform cognitive tasks more efficiently and had better working memory.
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