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The newly discovered power of Astaxanthin

"Antioxidant" is a healthy buzzword that we hear almost every day. Top nutritionists, trainers, and health professionals emphasize the importance of antioxidants in maintaining overall health, yet most Americans are still unclear about this life-saving molecule. A new survey by Wakefield Research reveals that a whopping 92 percent of respondents could not give an accurate description when asked what an antioxidant is and what the benefits are.

What are Antioxidants and Why are They Important?

Antioxidants are molecules that neutralize free radicals, different molecules which can damage living cells. Free radicals result from oxidation, a natural process which occurs when we digest food, exercise, or simply breathe in and out. Living in environments with pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides also increases free radical production. The more free radicals in the body, the more opportunity there is for illness and premature aging to occur. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body, thus keeping the body in a healthier, more balanced state.

Many Foods and Supplements do Contain Some Antioxidant Properties.

USDA scientists analyzed antioxidant levels in more than 100 different foods, including fruits and vegetables. Each food was measured for antioxidant concentration as well as antioxidant capacity per serving size. Cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries ranked highest among the fruits studied. Beans, artichokes, and Russet potatoes were tops among the vegetables. Pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts ranked highest in the nut category. USDA chemist Ronald L. Prior says the total antioxidant capacity of the foods does not necessarily reflect their health benefit. Benefits depend on how the food's antioxidants are absorbed and utilized in the body. Still, this chart should help consumers trying to add more antioxidants to their daily diet.

Depending on food quality, preparation and consumption, we are not getting near enough antioxidants in our diet to deliver the terrific benefits and offset damaging free radicals.

If you consume foods with low antioxidant levels (antioxidant capacity is not always identified by marketers), you might need to eat massive amounts to have any effect on those pesky free radicals. On the other hand, if you consume foods and supplements with highly concentrated amounts of antioxidants, you won't need to consume as much and you have a better chance of protecting yourself from free radical damage.*

Learn How Two Different Types of Antioxidants Work Together to Neutralize Free Radicals

Antioxidants are generally classified into two broad categories, water-soluble or hydrophilic. Your body needs both types of antioxidants because each one targets different types of cells and tissues for free radical scavenging:
    • Water-soluble antioxidants - These are present in aqueous fluids, such as blood and intracellular and extracellular fluids. They react with oxidants in the cell cytosol (fluid portion of cytoplasm) and the blood plasma. Examples of water-soluble antioxidants include vitamin C, and catechins.

  • Lipid-soluble antioxidants - These are localized to cellular membranes and lipoproteins. They protect cell membranes from lipid peroxidation. Examples of lipid-soluble antioxidants include vitamins E, A, and beta-carotene.
The Bottom Line

The efficacy of water and lipid soluble antioxidants is enhanced when taken together, so it is best to obtain both types of antioxidants from as many sources as possible.* For a water-soluble antioxidant, DrVita recommends Trans-Resveratrol, and for a lipid-soluble antioxidant we recommend Super Antioxidant Astaxanthin.

Astaxanthin - A Powerful Antioxidant

Astaxanthin is a super antioxidant that is just now getting the attention it deserves in the science community. This powerful antioxidant:
  • Supports your brain and nervous system with protection from free radicals.*
  • Promotes your joint and skeletal system health.*
  • Helps improve your strength and stamina.*
  • Improves your endurance.*
  • Promotes eye health and healthy vision.*
  • Benefits inflammatory conditions.*
  • Helps prevent wrinkles and sun damage.*
  • Promotes improved brain health.*

That Which Gives Salmon its Pink Color

The deep reddish orange color (called 'Salmon Pink') that occurs in real Salmon is a natural result of their traditional diet featuring krill (and/or fish that eat krill). This pigment, the carotenoid Astaxanthin is also a powerful antioxidant with many known health benefits. Astaxanthin belongs to the Carotenoid family these are powerful antioxidant compounds in your food that provide brilliant colors in plants and animals such as green sea grasses, red beets, and yellow bell peppers. Each of these includes potent antioxidant properties.

Even though there are more than 700 naturally-occurring carotenoids, most people are probably only familiar with a few and the most common one is beta-carotene.

Where Do Carotenoids Come From?

Many carotenoids may be easily obtained simply by eating a good diet rich in fresh organic produce. A good rule of thumb is that the brighter and fresher the vegetable, the more antioxidants it contains. However, most people do not consume the carotenoid that possesses the super lipid-soluble antioxidant Astaxanthin, because most people do not consume the required diet of fresh wild seafood daily.

In fact, there are only 2 known sources of Astaxanthin:
  • A very unique source of micoalgae called Haematococcus pluvialis
  • Sea creatures (including salmon and krill) which consume the microalgae
To take advantage of this powerful antioxidant the way salmon do, you would need to find and consume the type of microalgae identified above, or eat a healthy supply of salmon itself. The challenge with salmon is to get adequate amounts of the antioxidant, either expensive sockeye salmon needs to be consumed, or large amounts of other types of salmon (almost 2 pounds of Atlantic salmon). Additionally, even if it's wild salmon, there are always concerns with mercury and other heavy metal content.

Astaxanthin and Endurance & Recovery

Astaxanthin can have a positive effect on your mitochondria.* Mitochondria are tiny intracellular powerhouses within your body which produce up to 95% of your body's energy.

Mitochondria are found in your muscle tissue. That's where you have one of the greatest demands for intense bursts of energy. But there is a downside to this energy-producing activity--it can generate highly reactive free radicals. These free radicals can damage your cell membranes: the more strenuous the workout, the more free radicals you produce. The bottom line is that you can end up with tired and sore muscles.

Enter: Astaxanthin

As a powerful antioxidant, astaxanthin has been shown to effectively scavenge free radicals from muscle tissue and help reduce singlet oxygen (a particular type of ‘bad' oxidation). This is how astaxanthin can potentially give your strength, stamina, and endurance a healthful boost.*

How Does Astaxanthin Stack Up?

Astaxanthin compares astoundingly well to other nutrients and powerful lipid-soluble antioxidants when it comes to free radical scavenging and neutralizing singlet oxygen.* When it comes to free radical scavenging, DrVita Astaxanthin comes out on top:
  • 6,000 Times Stronger than Vitamin C
  • 550 Times Stronger than Green Tea Catechins
  • 550 Times Stronger than Vitamin E
  • 75 Times Stronger than Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • 40 Times Stronger than Beta-Carotene
  • 17 Times More Potent than Grape Seed Extracts
  • Potent Antiperoxidative Membrane Activity

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