The 5 best health benefits of Astaxanthin
Found naturally in Hawaiian red algae, astaxanthin – in its raw form – is a bright red pigment of the carotenoid family. It is this same pigment, found in salmon, flamingos and lobster, that lends many animals their distinctive pink colour and is the best vitamin for your autumn body cleanse.
How is it produced?
The best diet and nutritional supplements are always made from plant extracts and even though all our products are plant based it’s important for you to know why.
This is simply because the very best way to source astaxanthin is from Hawaiian red algae. Krill oil supplements – a popular type of astaxanthin supplement – actually only contain trace amounts of this incredible anti-oxidant.
Couple this with the fact that you would have to eat around 500g of salmon per day to hit the RDA of astaxanthin and you can see why we use supplements (that is a lot of fish by anyone’s book).
So, no matter what your views are on animal products – everyone can agree that when you get a higher quality, higher potency product from a plant extract then we may as well leave the salmon alone.
At Vegavero, our natural astaxanthin supplements are made from the highest quality Hawaiian astaxanthin-rich algae. If you’ve ever tried products like spirulina or chlorella you will know how potent natural algae extracts can be).
Our plant based astaxanthin is high in vitamin E oil and each capsule contains your complete daily regimen of this incredible nutrient. A daily astaxanthin dosage of 4mg is just what the doctor ordered and that’s exactly what goes into our capsules. Simple, right?
Why should I take Astaxanthin?
Let’s talk a little more about this word Carotenoids. Carotenoids are pigments. Beta-Carotene, for example, has a vibrant orange hue and is – you guessed it – responsible for the lovely orange colour of carrots.
Unsurprisingly however, most people don’t actually want to look like a carrot. Instead we supplement our diets with carotenoids because they are some of the most powerful anti-oxidants on the planet. In fact, many nutritionists think of Astaxanthin as the biggest and best of all the carotenoids and quite rightly so.
Scientific studies have shown that astaxanthin can be around 3 times more powerful than its closest neighbour while other studies claim and effect that is eleven times stronger than Beta-Carotene (pro vitamin A).
But what does that mean for you? Well, let’s take the example of the salmon.
When wild Hawaiian salmon feed on red algae, astaxanthin begins to build up in their system in high concentrations the effect of this is two-fold:
First, it is responsible for the trademark coral-pink blaze of these majestic creatures (did you know that new born salmon are colourless?)
Second, it could be the reason why salmon have such incredible endurance.
Many scientists have suggested that the build-up of this astaxanthin in the muscles of wild salmon is the main factor behind the strength and stamina that is required for salmon to swim against the flow of powerful rivers to the safety of their breeding grounds.
Admittedly – unlike salmon – the ability to swim upstream is probably not at the top of your list of priorities right now. But you get the idea. In fact, when this nutrient is absorbed into the human body it has yet more remarkable effects.
With wide ranging benefits beyond its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. Scientists are talking about astaxanthin as having possible applications for heart disease, diabetes, lowering cholesterol and increasing blood flow.
5 important applications, according to Suzy Cohen R.Ph.
It’s a natural painkiller
Astaxanthin is a seriously powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, just like some prescription analgesics it helps to block out the different chemical responses that make you feel pain.
The difference is that astaxanthin is 100% natural. No fishy business.
2. It helps you fight fatigue
Remember the salmon? Well just like that plucky little swimmer, astaxanthin can help you keep going for longer. Endurance is the name of the game at the top level of sports and astaxanthin has unparalleled benefits in that department.
Not only that but it helps your muscles recover faster as well, so you can get back in the gym, the very next day.
3. It’s good for the eyes
Didn’t your grandmother ever tell you that carrots make you see in the dark? Well she was kind of right.
Carrots, carotenoids and astaxanthin all have a unique ability to ease day to day sight issues like eye strain and seeing in fine detail alongside the more serious complications of eye health.
4. It’s the best anti-oxidant
A 2007 study found that astaxanthin was an unbelievable 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C. 550 times stronger than green tea catechins and 75 times stronger than alpha lipoic acid.
5. And it’s great for your skin!
Astaxanthin has been shown to protect your skin. Not simply a cosmetic, studies are showing great results for helping with skin moisture levels, smoothness, elasticity, fine wrinkles, and spots or freckles.