Astaxanthin is a phytonutrient and a natural antioxidant with an amazing range of health benefits. It is a carotenoid that is found in some types of algae, in salmon and other red fish, and in crustaceans such as lobster and shrimp. This red pigment gives salmon and other red types of fish their color. As a health supplement it is used to improve endurance, prevent aging, boost immunity and keep the joints and muscles healthy.
Astaxanthin is easiest to consume in tablet form. The Chlorella Fella online store at Chlorellafella.com is one place where it can be purchased.
Where Does Astaxanthin Come From?
You have probably heard of spirulina and chlorella, two micro-algae that are packed with minerals and nutrients and that have become popular superfoods. These algae contain green pigment. Another type of micro-alga (called Haematococcus pluvialis) is especially rich in the red pigment astaxanthin. When the Haematococcus algae are getting too much sun, are lacking nutrition or are suffering from other types of stress, their cells start to collect large amount of astaxanthin to protect themselves.
The Haematococcus algae contain more astaxanthin than than fish or crustaceans, and they are the most popular sources of this nutrient. When supplements are produced, the algae are grown in fresh water, just like spirulina or chlorella. The astaxanthin is then extracted from the algae and turned into a concentrated supplement.
Astaxanthin is one of the most important carotenoids. Carotenoids are orange, red and yellow pigments that are found naturally in many foods. A well-known carotenoid is beta-carotene, found in carrots and many other vegetables. Carotenoids in general are antioxidants. They can help to support the cardiovascular system, they may help to prevent certain illnesses, and they can help to stimulate the immune system. The body turns some carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, into vitamin A. The human body is not able to produce carotenoids and it needs to get them from food.
The carotenoid astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant. Studies are starting to prove its many health benefits. It is used to protect the skin from sunburn and from harmful UV light in general, it is used as a natural anti-inflammatory, and its antioxidant powers can prevent signs of premature aging. It is also used in many health conditions to relieve symptoms or to prevent the conditions from getting worse. This phytonutrient is also known to increase endurance and help the muscles recover better after a workout.
Who Can Benefit from Taking Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin can help anyone who exercises regularly. It is especially useful for athletes. It can lead to a better performance in sports, including athletic sports or weight lifting. It also relieves the soreness in the muscles after exercise and can speed up recovery from physical exercise in general. Astaxanthin is a fat-soluble nutrient and once it is delivered with fat into the muscles, it helps to protect the muscles from a variety of degenerative conditions.
Astaxanthin is also one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory agents. Studies have shown that it can relieve the pain, swelling and redness that are the most common symptoms of inflammation. It may help to relieve joint pain and inflammation and can be useful in any conditions that cause inflammation in the joints. You can also take the supplement regularly to keep the joints healthy and to prevent any future problems.
Astaxanthin has more antioxidant powers than vitamin E. It is an excellent supplement for the skin and it is especially effective against the signs of aging. Aging is caused by oxidation, which happens naturally as the body needs oxygen to create energy in its cells. Oxidation is necessary, but it also creates free radicals that can lead to premature aging. Antioxidants bind themselves to these harmful free radicals and neutralize their damage. Astaxanthin is one of the most important anti-aging nutrients at the moment, and it can also improve the skin's elasticity, increase its moisture content and reduce damage to the skin's cells. It also helps to prevent damage to the skin from the sun's ultraviolet rays. It can be useful for people who spend a lot of time outdoors and need extra protection from sunlight.
The health properties of this powerful carotenoid do not stop there. It also has properties that can improve the immune system; the important system that protects the body from disease and fights viruses, bacteria and other germs. If you are always catching colds and flu's, or if you are feeling stressed or tired and run down, this supplement can boost your immune system and protect you against infections.
Like many carotenoids, astaxanthin is recommended for a healthy heart. It may help to lower blood pressure and promote cardiovascular health in general. It may also help prevent heart problems in the future. There has also been promising research into the benefits of this phytonutrient for those who suffer from Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, for recovery from stroke, and for people with high cholesterol levels. It may also be helpful in macular degeneration, an eye condition that is related to aging, and it is used in many natural supplements to improve vision and to maintain good eye health. Studies are even planned about its ability to affect blood sugar levels, which could be helpful in diabetes.
How to Take Astaxanthin
A typical daily dose of astaxanthin for a healthy heart and healthy joints is between 4 to 12 mg a day. Some people take large doses (even up to 16 mg a day) when using the supplement to improve certain health conditions. This phytonutrient does not seem to have any side effects. There are no specific studies about using it during pregnancy, and pregnant women should generally check with their doctor before taking any health supplements, just to be on the safe side.
It is a good idea to take the supplements with a meal that contains some quality oils, such as olive oil or other vegetable oils. Because astaxanthin is fat-soluble, taking it together with oils helps the body to absorb its nutrients faster. Some people take astaxanthin together with quality fish oils or with a meal that includes oily fish.
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