Astaxanthin: Powerful Brain and Eye Antioxidant
Updated: Mar 8
I learned about astaxanthin about two weeks after my husband got a concussion. We introduced it into his daily regimen and still continue to use it. Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. It is a carotenoid. It can never bring destructive oxidation in the body.
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Carotenoids are pigmented phytochemicals found in plants, bacteria, algae, and many other living organisms. They are a diverse group of natural pigments. Primarily found in veggies, fruits, and many plant parts. Bright orange, red and yellow colors indicate their presence. Lobster, salmon, fish eggs, trout, crabs, krill, other seafood and features of flamingo have red to pink coloring, because they consume astaxanthin. It can be purchased in supplement form. Krill oil contains a bit of astaxanthin . Manufacturers produce synthetic astaxanthin , it is traditionally used for food coloring and fish feed.
Astaxanthin can play a key role in preventing and reducing brain damage from stroke. It works by stimulating blood flow, reducing blood pressure, relaxing blood vessels, and ameliorating oxidative stress.
Astaxanthin supplementation also reduces neurotoxicity caused by nitric oxidation.
My husband also damaged the optic neve in his left eye when he slipped and fell on his head. . The ear nose and throat doctor also operated on him to remove a bone that went into his optic nerve a week after the accident. He did, regain 60% of his vision in his left eye within a year. This incident happened eight years ago. The doctors didn’t think he would get any vision back. They wrote an article about this, in a medical magazine.
Astaxanthin crosses the blood/eye barrier and provides antioxidants to the eyes. It increases blood flow to the eye, allowing the blood to reoxygenate the tissues of the retina and eyeball and clear out toxins and waste more efficiently, only about half of the astaxanthin we ingest is usable by the body. It also helps speed up recovery and reduces swelling from traumatic brain injury, like concussions.
We also used arnica, physiotherapy, rest, lots of salmon and healthy fats. The brain is made of fat. It needs healthy fats for neurogenesis to take place. My Therapeutic Touch friends also did energy work on him.
Astaxanthin is 550 times more efficient than vitamin E (aka Super Vitamin E)
Astaxanthin is nearly 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C
It’s also 550 times richer than green tea or other Catechins.
Astaxanthin donates electrons to free radicals and keeps them in check.
Astaxanthin can also help patients manage diabetes by lowering high blood pressure and improves the metabolism of sugar in, type 2 diabetes. It enhances insulin sensitivity. Astaxanthin reduces oxidative stress in pancreatic beta cells, and sugar toxicity in the blood.
When combined with lifestyle changes, studies have shown that astaxanthin can be effective at preventing and decelerating the progression of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and much more.
Men treated with astaxanthin, saw reduced sperm death, increased sperm count and an overall improvement in vitality and fertility.
Astaxanthin can also prevent signs associated with menopause. Symptoms like anxiety, stress, hot flushes and depression can be improved.
Astaxanthin is also a promising option for managing rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis. Its anti-inflammatory properties help with joint pain.
Astaxanthin use can also improve the levels adiponectin and HDL, the good cholesterol.
Astaxanthin helps improve the thickness and elasticity of the walls of arteries. It helps regulate blood pressure and strengthen arterial walls to prevent heart failure due to hypertension.
Results seem to indicate that it can reduce blood oxidation and delays blood clotting.
Hypertension is a condition that’s characterized by unusually high blood pressure. It is a resistance to blood flow in the arteries, capillaries, and veins.
Blocked arteries due to high LDL cholesterol or triglycerides increase your blood pressure. Astaxanthin shows great potential in preventing and reducing high blood pressure. Astaxanthin also fights hypertension by reducing blood oxidative stress and relaxes the blood vessels walls.
Astaxanthin helps regulate nitric oxide (the reason everyone is eating beets)
High LDL (bad cholesterol) and low HDL (good cholesterol) in the body is a bad combination and risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Cholesterol is produced naturally by the liver and is transported via the blood to be used to make cell membranes, vitamin D and some hormones.
Astaxanthin supplementation has shown to reduce high LDL levels.
Astaxanthin can help prevent or reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Specifically, Astaxanthin use prevents heart damage during and after an attack.
Astaxanthin can also help restore the subtle balance between nitric oxide and peroxynitrite. This imbalance is often considered the leading cause of abnormalities, in the lining of arteries and other blood vessels. (Endothelium)
Complications in the endothelium have been associated with serious health issues, including diabetes, hypertension, poor immune system, insulin resistance, cancer, and atherosclerosis. Changes to the endothelium can also increase damage to the heart in case of a heart attack.
By reducing oxidative stress in the blood, astaxanthin help protect endothelium and “reverse” or prevent extensive heart damage.
Bacterial inflammation is responsible for some common and chronic conditions. These include:
Pneumonia, a form of respiratory complications caused by a bacterial infection in the lungs
Trachoma, which is a bacterial infection and inflammation of the eye
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), a viral/bacterial infection of the digestive tract, including the mouth, esophagus, and intestines.
Rheumatic fever, a “Strep A” infection of the heart lining and valves.
Astaxanthin helps protect your lungs, eyes, stomach lining, and heart against bacterial inflammation by reducing inflammation.
People using astaxanthin showed signs of decreased DNA damage and improved immune response.
Astaxanthin encouraged the lymphatic glands to produce more lymphocytes which then stimulated the immune response and improved their function.
Astaxanthin ability to reduce oxidative stress helps reduce ulcers, because, it will help control H. pylori. This protects intestinal wall linings. Antioxidative properties of astaxanthin are also great for your skin.
Astaxanthin promotes skin health and can inhibit skin cancer.
UV sun rays can be quite harmful to your skin. Typically, UVA and UVB damage can be reduced with detoxification programs like the Foot Detox, IPL (Intense Pulse Light ,Vascular Pigmentation), microcurrent, peels, collagen and skin thickening regimens. Astaxanthin helps against UV-induced skin damage and photoaging process. Oral and topical use of Astaxanthin is helpful for reducing age spots, smoothing wrinkles and helping restore skin moisture.
Natural Factors 4 mg Astaxanthin
Helps promote hair growth. Astaxanthin blocks the enzymes responsible for DHT which blocks hair growth. It decreased DHT blood levels by 40 percent. New hair strands grow in thicker and more plentiful when it is taken twice daily. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NFLD) is one of the two most common types of liver conditions.
Astaxanthin use can help protect the liver function and prevent fatty liver disease, cancerous disease, and cardiovascular disease.
Fatty liver disease occurs largely due to oxidative stress caused by prolonged inflammation in the liver. It is often associated with metabolic disorders like obesity and accumulation of lipids at the cellular level.
They found that the antioxidant helps slow down growth of cancerous breast cells. This option isn’t used much for cancer treatment because it is costly.
For workouts Astaxanthin helps increase endurance, boost physical stamina and reduce fatigue levels during and after intensive exercises. It helps the body to use its own reserve of fats. This also reduces the risk of skeletal and muscle damage.
It is important to note that while astaxanthin does have potential health benefits, more research is needed to fully understand its effects and optimal dosage. It is also important to talk to a doctor before adding astaxanthin to your health regimen.