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Astaxanthin Supplements Slow Aging

Saturday, 21 Dec 2013 05:46 PM

What is astaxanthin? Astaxanthin is a very powerful antioxidant that has proven to be effective in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation. Did you know that it has even more far-reaching benefits in slowing aging and functional decline related to the process of aging?

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid found naturally in some plants, algae, and sea foods. It has excellent antioxidant effects. Astaxanthin helps prevent oxidative stress due to its antioxidant properties, states a research study published in the "Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology." Astaxanthin has proven to have a positive effect on inflammatory and immune responses in the body.

According to a study published in the "Journal of Future Cardiology," the antioxidant activity of astaxanthin makes it beneficial to treat cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disorders also.

A study published in the "Journal of Pharmacological Sciences" suggests that astaxanthin has positive effects against light-induced retinal damage.
 
A research study published in the British Journal of Nutrition noted that people who consume foods rich in carotenoids such as reddish- or pink-colored fish and shellfish have a lower mortality rate from many chronic illnesses.
 
Unlike other carotenoids, astaxanthin does not convert into vitamin A in the body. This makes it 500 times more powerful as an antioxidant than vitamin E.
A recent study published in the "Journal of Alternative Medicine Review" states that astaxanthin helps lower the levels of triglycerides, increases the level of high density, lipoprotein in the blood stream, improves visual acuity, and improves reproductive performance in men.

On a cellular level, astaxanthin protects the mitochondria against oxygen radicals and increases their efficiency of producing energy. Since astaxanthin reduces oxidation in the body, it can be useful to treat cancer, heart diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

These findings support that astaxanthin can slow aging by slowing reduction in human functions due to aging.

The body can get its required amount of astaxanthin through dietary intake and intake of supplements. Astaxanthin is found in a variety of natural foods such as yeast, microalgae, salmon, lobster, trout, and crayfish

However, like other carotenoids, its absorption in the body is very limited. Hence, astaxanthin supplements are recommended and there are no major reports of side effects due to overdosage.

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Astaxanthin supplements have shown to increase visual acuity, reduce triglycerides and increase good cholesterol levels, improve reproductive performance in men, and reduce oxidative stress. Benefits of astaxanthin extend to reducing symptoms of deterioration in functional abilities with age.
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