Astaxanthin is thought to be the most powerful antioxidant found in nature. This carotenoid antioxidant is produced only by microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis when its water supply dries up, forcing it to protect itself from ultraviolet radiation. Astaxanthin is the “force feild” that protects the algae from lack of nutrition and intense sunlight. Humans can get Astaxanthin only from the specific microalgae or from creatures that consume the algae such as salmon, shellfish, and krill. Synthetic astaxanthin is used worldwide in fish feed to give fish their desired pink color. Avoid synthetic astaxanthin at all costs because it is made from petrochemicals and is very harmful to humans.
Astaxanthin exhibits a very strong free radical scavenging activity that helps prtect your cells, organs, and body tissues from oxidative damage and inflammation. Inflammation comes and goes in your body as part of a natural healing process. However when prolonged inflammation plagues the body it can become a problem. Low-level inflammation is a crucial factor to address when dealing with chronic illnesses. If left unchecked the “silent” inflammation starts to manifest and will quietly linger for years causing damage.
Diseases linked to chronic inflammation include:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulcers, IBS, colon cancer
Harmful anti-inflammatory drugs:
- Aspirin which can cause your stomach to bleed
- Tylenol which damages your liver
- Vioxx and Celebrex (NSAIDS) can cause heart problems
I try to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs as best as I can due to their serious side effects. Especially when there are safer, natural options such as astaxanthin that won’t harm you.
You can purchase Krill OIl which has the highest concentration of astaxanthin on the market today. Use about 8-10 mg per day.