The Amazing Health Benefits Of Astaxanthin
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CES
There are breakthroughs in research every day. Each day, we are getting closer breakthroughs that will change our health for generations to come. New medications are made that will help us lead longer, healthier lives and save future generations from the same mistakes that we have made. The new medications can come with side effects, but for the most part, each medication has been shown to be more beneficial, which overrides the side effects.
Supplements, like medications are being tested and further researched, so they can give options for maintaining optimal health. Astaxanthin has powerful antioxidant behaviors which have been shown to be beneficial in different types of Cancers, Diabetes, Heart, Neurological and ocular (eyes) disease.
When our bodies undergo aerobic metabolism, there is an increase in oxidative damage increasing the amount of free radicals in the body. These free radicals can damage certain layers of the cells and damage the DNA in the body. By decreasing the amount of free radicals in the body, you are helping to save your cells and protect the body.
Every day, our bodies are subjected to the increase of free radicals in the body. One way to fight these free radicals and oxidative damage is through the use of antioxidants. Astaxanthin has been shown to have the highest anti-oxidant capabilities, which limits the amount of damage to the body and cells.
Effects of Astaxanthin on Heart Health
Heart health is on the minds of doctors and physicians when there is high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Research shows that Astaxanthin may reduce the amount of triglycerides in the blood as well as raise HDL cholesterol.
Astaxanthin also has a role in blood pressure regulation. Blood pressure leads to increased stress on the heart and a leading factor in stroke. In the study by Yanai et al, they showed that administering 50mg/kg for 5 days significantly reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. There are two major ways in which the body monitors blood pressure.
Astaxanthin has been shown to have such a high anti-oxidant activity that it reduces the activity of angiotension II and the α-adrenergic receptor, which regulates blood pressure in the body.
Can Astaxanthin help with Diabetes?
Diabetes affects millions of people in the United States and all over the world. There are many different reasons for the development of Diabetes. Research done by Uchiyama et el, shows that some forms if Diabetes can be due to free radical production caused by hyperglycemia. Because of the power anti-oxidant capabilities, Astaxanthin has been shown to reduce oxidative stress, which can help improve glucose tolerance, increase insulin levels in the blood, and decrease blood glucose levels. These results are due to a higher protection of the cells of the pancreas due to the reduction in oxidative damage to the cells.
Astaxanthin has been shown to also help with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimers disease by reducing the damaging effects of free radical damage to the cells. It has also been shown to help with people suffering from fertility problems.
By using Astaxanthin, you are protecting your whole body by using the most powerful antioxidant on the market today.
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