5 Powerful Benefits of Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant that provides many benefits.

It's also what causes the reddish or pink color in salmon, lobster, and shrimp.

The reddish pigment comes from the carotenoids that naturally occur in certain algae which the salmon, lobster, and shrimp eat in the wild.

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5 powerful benefits of astaxanthin


My first experience with Astaxanthin was back in 2000 when I purchased it to help me tan.

A few years ago I learned there are more benefits beyond that.

Since Astaxanthin is a water AND fat soluble nutrient it can protect our cells from damage.  Not just part of the cell but all of it.

Scientists even believe it is 880 times more powerful than coQ10 and 6000 times more potent than Vitamin C!

Almost every cell in the body, including the brain, kidney's, eyes, and brain can benefit from astaxanthin. 

It might even increase our life span! 

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Let's look at some of the benefits of Astaxanthin:

Astaxanthin is a natural skin protector

Reduces Skin Damage From The Sun

Astaxanthin is usually taken as a pill so it works from the inside to protect the skin from the exposure of UV rays.  It's like an internal sunscreen.

This strong antioxidant protects your skin from oxidation so your cells stay younger and free from damage.

Some studies have demonstrated that astaxanthin can help reduce crow's feet wrinkles and age spots.

Heart Protection

It is heart protective because researching believe it improves the elasticity of blood vessels which in turn helps reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and high blood pressure.

It also helps improve LDL cholesterol while increasing good HDL cholesterol.

Astaxanthin protects your eyes

Protects Your Vision

Astaxanthin crosses the blood-retinal barrier and provides protective nutrients for your eyes.

It helps prevent some eye problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

Cancer Protection

Studies reveal that astaxanthin along with other carotenoids is associated with the reduced risk of many different types of cancer. 

It has beneficial effects at every stage of cancer development. From preventing DNA damage of UV rays to preventing tumors from spreading.

astaxanthin helps with muscle recovery

Helps You Recover From Exercise 

Astaxanthin reduces free radicals and helps speed recovery time from exercise. It also reduces muscle soreness after a hard workout.

Should you use astaxanthin? It’s up to you… but if your goals are to slow aging, protect your vision, reduce skin damage, or muscle recovery then you might consider it.

How I Take Astaxanthin

Every year I purchase 4 mg pills for my daughters and 12 mg pills for me and my husband. We start taking it daily in March to prepare for our annual beach trip in May. 

I've noticed that my fair skinned husband and daughter don't burn as easily when they take it daily for a month before our sun exposure.

I tan easily but I like knowing I'm getting internal protection from skin cancer.

For the past several years I've gotten the Nutrex brand but this year I purchased Sports Research brand for myself.

The only difference I can tell is that Nutrex uses safflower oil and Sports Research brand uses coconut oil.

Both brands indicate they are free of GMO's, pesticides, and toxins. 

I just notice that Amazon has a $3 off coupon for the 4mg and 12 mg Nutrex.

Usually, we start taking it mid-March at the higher dose and then drop down to 4mg daily after a few months.

After doing research for this blog post I just convinced myself I need to be taking it year round.

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