The world’s strongest antioxidant known to mankind is Astaxanthin. I first heard about this super-antioxidant from watching “Dirty Jobs” with Mike Rowe. He was at a pharmaceutical plant in Hawaii over 10 years ago. His job was to use sunlight and salt water to turn the algae from green to red and deposit it into gel caps. The show talked about all the health benefits of this marine algae. The more I researched this supplement, the more I was intrigued. Fast forward several years and this doctor was talking about different types of supplements that were the most beneficial on the Dr. Oz show. This doctor, Dr. Joe Mercola, said if he could take only one supplement it would be Astaxanthin. Needless to say, this supplement has been part of my daily regimen for several years. This supplement will tend to make you a shade darker over time. (This is what gives Salmon, Krill, and Pink Flamingos its color) Don’t worry, you won’t turn pink.

What is Astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin is a powerful, naturally occurring carotenoid pigment that’s found in certain marine plants and animals. Often called “the king of the carotenoids,” Astaxanthin is recognized as being one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. It is of particular significance, because unlike some other types of antioxidants, Astaxanthin never becomes a pro-oxidant in the body so it can never cause harmful oxidation.

How Beneficial Is Astaxanthin for the Human Body?

When compared to other antioxidants, Astaxanthin is very potent. Common antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, C, and E, possess far less antioxidant power than Astaxanthin, when applied to human physiology. (BioAstin) Astaxanthin possesses 550 times the antioxidant power of vitamin E; 6,000 times the power of vitamin C; and 800 times the power of the popular super-antioxidant, Co-enzyme Q10. When adding a supplemental health agent such as Astaxanthin to a daily diet and a routine exercise regimen, the health benefits can be enjoyed throughout the body.

Astaxanthin can also cross the blood brain barrier. This is very beneficial for a healthy brain!

Which brand to get?

I would highly recommend the Bioastin that has 12mg. It’s made from the big island of Hawaii and has been rated the best brand for these supplements.

 


Jamie Bernau

Personal Trainer, on-line coach

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