Thursday 2 June 2016

All About Astaxanthin

Wonder antioxidant

All about Astaxanthin

Some of you into health and fitness might have heard about this antioxidant or might have even been taking this as a nutritional supplement, but more of you might be wondering what this is. Is this “wonder antioxidant” worth adding to your diet?
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid (responsible for giving the vivid and vibrant color to a lot of plants and other species such as algae, shrimp, and salmon while also encouraging good health). It’s one of the most powerful, most effective antioxidants today.
Antioxidants are the skin’s natural anti-agers and infection fighters that primarily fight off disease-causing inflammation by protecting the body from free radicals that damage cell structures. Well-known antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E. These antioxidants not only benefit the body’s internal organs, but consuming them regularly also benefits the skin. Too much, however, may wreak more havoc than promote good health, as some antioxidants may turn to prooxidants, which reverse the function of antioxidants. Astaxanthin does not work this way and this is one of the reasons Astaxanthin has been studied as a better antioxidant than the others (vitamins A, C, and E, among others).

med In fact, Astaxanthin is a lot of times more potent than vitamin C and E, making it very effective in warding off free radicals and preventing body and skin inflammation. Moreover, it can pass through pathways in areas that other antioxidants cannot, like the eyes, which can help with eye strain, image clarity, and fatigue. It can also pass through the brain, where, as studies have shown, it can slow down symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and even lessen the incidences of stroke. What’s more, Astaxanthin may benefit athletes and individuals, who do regular physical work, as it can hasten and assist in healing and recovery, plus it improves strength and stamina.

For the skin, this wonder antioxidant holds a lot of promise as well, as research says it may actually retain your skin’s moisture and help with skin elasticity, wrinkles and fine lines, and hyperpigmentation. Studies have also shown that it helps ease the symptoms of those with atopic dermatitis through its inflammatory properties. It acts as the body’s natural sunscreen by protecting the skin from Ultraviolet (UV) rays even more so when it is also applied topically.
So where can we find Astaxanthin? Salmon has the highest Astaxanthin content, but a lot of the fish has to be consumed to gain the full antioxidant benefits. This is why a natural supplement is helpful. Intake of Astaxanthin may range from two to 12 mg, and you may want to consult a physician regarding the right amount for your body’s needs.

Astaxanthin does a lot of wonders for the body and the skin. But I believe that taking it alone is not as beneficial as combining it with a healthy diet and exercise. Together with Astaxanthin, you may want to practice the AEIOU diet—consuming Antioxidants, Essential Fatty Acids, Insulin-friendly, and Organic, Unprocessed food—by introducing each food gradually into your diet and see how your body and skin improve. You may also consult your physician, nutritionist, or physician on the best diet for you.


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