I was recently asked to give a talk at a local retirement home. I told my elderly audience that, as we get older, it’s important to make sure we consume nutrients that will keep us youthful and fight diseases of aging.
With that in mind, I made a point of telling them about astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin is a type of carotenoid. These are bright pink-red-orange pigments found naturally in sea creatures, many of them edible. These include salmon, trout, shrimp, and lobster.
Astaxanthin is one of the world’s most powerful antioxidants. As such, it fights the free radicals that cause oxidative stress and damage the body’s cells.[i]
Other antioxidants pale in comparison.
A study published in the International Journal of Health & Allied Sciences found that astaxanthin is 65 times more powerful than vitamin C and 54 times more powerful than beta-carotene.[ii]
Let’s take a look at astaxanthin’s healing powers…
- Cancer fighter. Astaxanthin has drawn interest from researchers as a possible cancer treatment. A study published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine found that it can inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells in the short-term. It also causes long-term cancer-cell death.[iii]
Another study found a strong association between astaxanthin and lowered proliferation of rat liver-cancer cells and mouse lung-cancer cells.[iv]
- Heart protector. Research from Japan’s Ochanomizu University suggests that astaxanthin protects against atherosclerosis.[v]
A 2006 study printed in the Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin examined the effects of astaxanthin on rats with high blood pressure. It found that the carotenoid improved the rodents’ arterial wall thickness. It also improved levels of elastin, which helps the heart function.[vi]
- Brain enhancer. A study from the University of Tsukuba in Japan supplemented the diets of mice with astaxanthin. They grew more brain cells. And their spatial memory improved.[vii]
- Inflammation reducer. Chronic inflammation is linked to all the worst diseases you can think of…cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and many more. Washington State University did a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. They gave human subjects astaxanthin for eight weeks. Their markers of inflammation dropped. And their immune response improved.[viii]
As I mentioned earlier, salmon is a good source of astaxanthin. So are shrimp, red trout, and lobster. If you don’t like seafood, no problem. Astaxanthin supplements are widely available online and at health food stores.
Getting older doesn’t have to mean getting sicker. Not with astaxanthin around. Add it to your diet today.