Astaxanthin-the New Anti-Aging, Wrinkle Smoother and Powerful Antioxidant All in One Pill

King of the Carotenoids

I read an article where astaxanthin was stated to be the next great wrinkle smoother that would cost much less than highly rated creams. Astaxanthin is known as nature’s most powerful antioxidant, backed by over 200 scientific studies. 550 times stronger than Vitamin E and 11 times stronger than beta carotene, 800 times stronger than CoQ10 and 6000 times stronger than Vitamin C. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid. Not just a carotenoid, it is called ‘the king of the carotenoids.

Now I’m up for leaning anything new, but throwing big words at me does nothing for me. I need to have things explained in very basic easy language. So what is a carotenoid, and why should I care? What is an antioxidant? What is a free radical? If it’s free it must be good. So let’s start at the beginning. My apologies to all medical people--this is very basic in an attempt to understand why it is important to help keep our bodies in great working form.

Pigment in Foods

Carotenoid is a fat soluble compound in your food that gives pigment (color) usually yellow, orange or red. It is found in ripe tomatoes and autumn leaves. Inside our bodies, this pigment turns into vitamin A. Okay, I can use vitamin A. There are over 700 naturally occurring carotenoids with beta-carotene being the most common. A study of several carotenoids showed astaxanthin had the highest antioxidant fight against free radicals.

Dr. Jonny Bowden in, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why, states “You probably never heard of astaxanthin, but it’s the main carotenoid pigment found in aquatic animals and is responsible for giving salmon their pink color. Because this red-orange pigment, closely related to other well-known carotenoids like beta-carotene and lutein, has stronger antioxidant activity than either of them (ten times higher than beta-carotene, in fact).”

Chemistry Review

Before we get to antioxidant, we need to understand oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that occurs when an electron is lost or increase in oxidation starts from free radical growth. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. Free radicals are not good. A chain reaction can start and the cells can be damaged or killed. Antioxidants stop the chain reaction by removing the free radical. There will be more explanation on free radical.

There are two types of antioxidants: water-soluble and lipid-soluble. Our bodies need both types for different cells and tissues. The water- soluble is found in blood and intracellular fluids. We supply this through vitamin C. The lipid-soluble is found in cellular membranes and it protects the cell. We supply this through vitamin E, A and beta carotene. To fight free radicals, we need both.

Lipid-soluble antioxidants help support your brain and nervous system, your joint and skeletal system, improve your strength and stamina and help you recover faster. But they are only available from two sources. Microalgae called Haematococous Pluvialis. I’m not even going to go there! And astaxanthin from sea creatures or via supplements.

Free Radicals are BAD

Bob Capelli writes in his blog, Astaxanthin: natural Astaxanthin, King of the Carotenoids, “Astaxanthin acts as a chain-breaking, antioxidant, and therefore protect lipid-rich cell membranes from degradative oxidation. Natural astaxanthin is a dietary supplement, with extremely powerful antioxidant benefits for human application. Astaxanthin traps more free radicals than any other antioxidant. Astaxanthin has been proven to cross the human blood-brain barrier and therefore has the ability to directly act as a superb antioxidant in the brain and the eyes. Astaxanthin protects nucleic acid components of DNA, avoiding mutations to genetic material due to oxidation stress and protects muscle cells from damaging effects. Astaxanthin has been documented to prevent age-related macular degeneration and enhance immune functions.”

Okay, now we get to the free radicals. Free radicals are any atoms or groups of atoms with an odd numbers of electrons. Remember basic chemistry? I don’t. Again my apologies to all chemists. Our bodies are made up of many, many cells. The cells have molecules. The molecules have atoms and elements. The elements have a chemical bond with a nucleus, protons and electrons. The protons have a positive charge and determine the number of electrons. The electrons have a negative charge and surround the atoms. The electrons surround or orbit the atom. It may be two or eight or so on, as long as they are in pairs. When something happens to weaken the chemical bond and an electron splits, a free radical is born. It is ‘free’ because it does not have a second electron.

A free radical is unstable. It acts quickly to break up other chemical bonds. It does not gain the missing electron. It starts a chain reaction and damages other cells. Free radical damage is very, very bad.

Antioxidants help reduce and prevent more damage from free radicals. They accomplish this by giving an electron that stops the free radical from forming another damaging cell. Vitamin E helps protect your body against free radicals. Ascorbic acid also helps decrease the number of free radicals.

The Power of fatty fish

Antioxidants help reduce and prevent more damage from free radicals. They accomplish this by giving an electron that stops the free radical from forming another damaging cell. Vitamin E helps protect your body against free radicals. Ascorbic acid also helps decrease the number of free radicals.

This quote is from the editors of FC&A Medical Publishing in an article titled Eat and Heal (Foods That Can Prevent or Cure Many Common Aliments), “The antioxidant powers of fatty fish come from a substance called astaxanthin. This antioxidant hunts down and destroys free radicals that might damage cells in your body. When animals with lymphoma, a type of cancer, were given fish oil and the amino acid arginine, they lived longer and had longer periods without the disease than animals who were not treated. In addition, researchers have found that omega-3 can slow the growth of cancers, the exact opposite of what they found for omega-6, which can help cancers grow. But astaxanthin does even more.” The

Benefits of Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin has been used to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, stroke, high cholesterol, macular degeneration and preventing cancer. Astaxanthin is 65X more powerful than vitamin C and 54X stronger than beta-carotene.

You can put astaxanthin on your skin to protect it from the sun. It helps smooth wrinkles, makes age spots smaller and adds moisture to your skin. It soaks up the free radicals the have been known to cause cell aging, age spots and skin cancer. “Unlike other antioxidants, it doesn’t break down easily, so it stays active in your body longer,” says Dr. Garcia. It works from the inside out, reducing inflammation and reducing the UVA damage to skin cells.

Dr. Oz Garcia, author of Redesigning 50: The No Plastic Surgery Guide to 21st-Century Age Defiance says, “Astaxanthin is so good for your skin and hair, it can help keep the plastic surgeon away.” Just about every cell in your body can be helped by astaxanthin. This includes your eyes, heart, kidney and brain.

Astaxanthin can cross the blood/brain line and also the blood/retina line. This enables the benefits to reach the retina of your eye. This helps diabetic retinopathy, eye strain, fatigue, and macular degeneration.

Bill Sardi wrote in his article, You Don’t Have to be Afraid of Cancer Anymore, “Clinical trials have shown that astaxanthin: Helps Protect Eye Health, Helps Prevent Neurodegenerative Diseases, Helps Cardiovascular Diseases, Helps Animal Health, Helps to Limit or Prevent Sun Burn, Helps Gain a Quicker and Deeper Tan, Alleviates the Effects of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Protects the Joints from Inflammation after Exercise and many more.”

Astaxanthin is fat soluble so it is best absorbed when taken with healthy fats, like avocado, olive oil and nuts. 10 mg daily is an average dosage. Some people only take 4 mg others go as high as 12mg. See what works best for you.

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