astaxanthin

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A little-known carotenoid called astaxanthin is now believed to be the most beneficial antioxidant nature has to offer. Astaxanthin’s benefits are numerous. In terms of antioxidant power or potency, astaxanthin is 550 times stronger than vitamin E, and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C! Astaxanthin is produced from the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis, some claim that the best source is Hawaii where it grows best. The combination of its high-potency antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties allows it to address a vast array of health concerns.

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, related to beta-carotene, lutein, and canthaxanthin, but it has a unique structure, and works in unique ways. Most other antioxidants are depleted after they’ve transferred their free electrons. But astaxanthin has a massive surplus, allowing it to remain “active” for longer. It donates electrons to neutralize free radicals, and then rejects the excess energy primarily as heat. But the astaxanthin remains intact. There are no chemical reactions to break it down, which is what occurs in most other antioxidants.

It’s benefits include:

  • Protection of retina
  • Improve athletic ability
  • UV radiation protection
  • Heart health
  • Brain health
  • Improves blood flow
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Increases good cholesterol
  • Decreases triglycerides

Read more: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/10/cysewki-discloses-astaxanthin-benefits.aspx?np=true