Astaxanthin – Vital Supplement?


Astaxanthin is a carotenoid found in krill oil and other seafood, including salmon and shrimp (plus seafood is also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids).  It may have antioxidant properties and be useful as an anti-inflammatory, but that might be the tip of the iceberg.

There have been an increasing number of clinical studies with astaxanthin as well as a public awareness about this supplement, perhaps due to the publicity that Dr. Mercola has given it.  If you would like to learn more about Astaxanthin, here is a very interesting chat between  Dr. Mercola and Bob Capelli (Vice President of Cyanotech – the world’s largest producer of astaxanthin).

You can watch that discussion in the video below:

Important information from the article:

  • Astaxanthin is thought to be the most powerful antioxidant found in nature.
  • Dr. Mercola says its one of the most important supplements available.
  • In mice, it works as a sunscreen, increasing the time you can stay in the sun without getting burned.
  • May improve athletic importance.
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory.
  • May help with eye and brain health.

Where can you get Astaxanthin?

Just about anything that comes out of the sea that is red, contains astaxanthin.  That includes shrimp, lobster, crab, sea algae and wild salmon (avoid farmed salmon).

Also, Xtend Life produce a range of complete vitamin and mineral supplements called Total Balance. This supplement is the most comprehensive I have seen and contains astaxanthin as a component.

Click here to view Astaxanthin supplements.

Read the article here.

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In a processed food culture, simply eating may not be enough. Andy Williams, B.SC., Ph.D. is a scientist with a strong interest in Juicing and how it can supply the body with the nutrients it needs to thrive in modern society. You can subscribe to his free daily paper called Juicing The Rainbow and follow him on Facebook orTwitter. You can also follow me on Google +

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