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Why are flamingos pink? They get their healthy fill of pinkish-red astaxanthin in their diet. Astaxanthin (As-ta-Zan-thin), a carotenoid pigment and powerful antioxidant, is found naturally in a number of marine plants, algae, and seafood (e.g. salmon, trout, and shrimp). LifeSource Vitamins usesZanthin® Natural Astaxanthin, in our product, as it is patented and produces a guaranteed strength and no chemical solvents. The most innovative and Bio-available product on the market today. Research shows Astaxanthin can help with skin health, visual acuity and cardiovascular health.*
Astaxanthin is vastly more powerful at knocking out free radicals, which are always at work tearing your body down, leaving damaged cells and tissues in their wake. Let our Astaxanthin help fight these free radicals.*
Although humans needn't consume enough astaxanthin to turn flamingo-pink, people should still incorporate this free radical fighting carotenoid into their diet.
Reported Benefits of Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin benefits cover virtually the entire spectrum available from antioxidants. Aside from those previously mentioned, studies have demonstrated an amazing number of benefits of astaxanthin.*
Here is what Astaxanthin has been shown to help with:
- Boosts immune system*
- Helps prevent heart attacks*
- Helps prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's*
- Reducing skin damage from ultraviolet (UV) light.*
- Improving recovery after stroke.*
- Normalizes blood pressure*
- Relieves prostate problems*
- Gives you better resistance to colds*
- Prevents and relieves diabetes*
- Prevents gum disease*
- Enhances reproductive health*
- Muscle Endurance & Active Lifestyle support.*
- Protects all parts of the cells from oxidative damage*
- Protect the brain, central nervous system, and eyes.*
- Increase physical endurance while reducing muscle damage.*
- Eye problems such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD)*
- Diminish wrinkles through internal supplementation.*
- Regulate inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. (Increased levels of these may predict the onset of rheumatoid arthritis.)*
- Reducing cholesterol levels.*
- Up to 6,000 times more powerful than Vitamin C!
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Astaxanthin is a very potent antioxidant that we'll be hearing more and more about over the coming years. Specifically, it functions as a carotenoid antioxidant though it does not get converted to Vitamin A. Though it's a ubiquitous pigment found in the marine environment which provides the pinkish-red color to lobsters, shrimp, salmon, and crayfish, it's actually produced by microalgae and phytoplankton.*
Astaxanthin is one of the few antioxidants that can move throughout the entire body and provide protection to all of our cells. And Astaxanthin has the unique property that it can protect the entire cell. It has polar hydrophilic ends that span across the entire cell membrane. Most other well-known antioxidants cannot do this.*
What is the difference between Astaxanthin and Beta-carotene?
Astaxanthin belongs to the same family of fat-soluble carotenoid molecules as the yellow/orange colored Beta-carotene. It differs from Beta-carotene in that its' molecular structure contains two additional oxygen groups in each ring structure. This gives it a deep red color and classifies it as a xanthophyll, with up to 10 times stronger free radical scavenging activity. Another difference is that, unlike Beta-carotene, Astaxanthin cannot be converted to Vitamin A in the human body.
Benefits of Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin's most basic source is a micro-algae, Haematococcus Pluvialis. Predators eat Haematococcus, the food chain continues, and Astaxanthin accumulates to the point of which flamingos and salmon have a pinkish hue.*
Astaxanthin’s antioxidant properties are superior to its carotenoid family members; in fact, it is 40 times more potent than beta-carotene. It is unique from the rest of the carotenoid family in that its chemical structure exposes itself to the interior as well as the exterior of a cell. This allows it to more efficiently and quickly neutralize harmful free radicals, which attack cell membranes causing oxidative stress. In other words, Astaxanthin protects cell membrane components from oxidative stress and inflammation.*
The green microalgae, Haematococcus pulvaris, is believed to have the largest capacity to accumulate astaxanthin though it's also found in other microalgae such as Chlorella zongiensis and Chlorococcum sp. Supplements containing Astaxanthin are also available from natural sources such as Krill.*
How Astaxanthin Works
- Increases the skin's ability to resist environmental stripping of skin nutrients by restoring the skin's natural antioxidant balance (SOD, CAT, GSH), and by protecting cell membranes against lipid peroxidation.*
- Reduces puffiness and erythema by suppressing the inflammatory pathway.*
- Prevents and reduces the presence of UV-induced wrinkles by protecting the dermal layer against oxidative stress dysfunction.*
- Firms skin and increases moisture by allowing repair processes to heal the collagen network.*
- Reduces the risk of skin cancer by protecting against accumulated DNA damage.*
Astaxanthin and Skin Care
A Uniquely Powerful Antioxidant Defense Against the Signs of Aging
While natural aging can cause the loss of skin suppleness and elasticity, UV-induced free radicals are more harmful to the skin because they accelerate the aging process. With its potent anti-oxidative power, Astaxanthin can inhibit the activity of free radicals by acting rapidly against it on the skin surface, epidermis, and dermis. Research suggests potential skin benefits from the use of Astaxanthin to maintain a youthful appearance, reverse premature signs of aging and prevent UV induced skin cancer.
More Health Benefits of Astaxanthin:
Researchers recently summarized a number of the potential health benefits of Astaxanthin. As a potent antioxidant, the myriad of potential health benefits is staggering. However, there's still fairly limited research regarding the optimal dosage, safety, and general effectiveness of this supplement in human studies.
Free radicals and other reactive oxygen species are produced during normal life-sustaining aerobic metabolism. In excess, these molecules can cause protein and lipid oxidation and DNA damage. Numerous diseases are associated with this type of cellular damage. Exogenous antioxidants such as carotenoids can help to attenuate or limit this damage.
Potential Health Conditions:
As mentioned, the list of potential health conditions for which astaxanthin may be of benefit is exceptionally long - specifically, inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and brain inflammatory diseases.
As well, its role as a free-radical scavenger may be of benefit in conditions such as protecting against ethanol-induced gastric damage, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some types of cancer, as well as neuro-degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. They also noted the potential ocular, hepatic, and skin protective effects as well as beneficial effects on the immune system.
In conclusion, the authors of this study noted that the growing evidence from tissue culture, animal, and clinical studies is encouraging, but more extensive well-controlled trials are needed.
If you are taking LifeSource Vitamins Astaxanthin specifically for joint health, it is recommended that you take a dosage of 10 to 12 mg per day. After a month, you may cut back to 4-8mg per day, as you see fit. If you are taking it as a general means of staying healthy, they recommend 4-6 mg per day.
What are Carotenoids?
- Carotenoids are fat-soluble pigments commonly found in the photosynthesis process in microalgae. There are over 600 known carotenoids. Other common carotenoids include beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Carotenoids typically display antioxidant properties that extend into a wealth of health benefits. Some molds, yeasts, and bacteria use carotenoids as protection from harmful exposure to light and oxygen. Animals are not capable of synthesizing carotenoids and can only obtain them from food sources.
- Astaxanthin has shown powerful antioxidant properties and appears to be superior to vitamins A and E and other carotenoids such as beta carotene and lutein. Astaxanthin helps in protecting cells and their internal structures from free radical damage. It reduces the formation of plaque buildup in arteries by decreasing oxidation of LDL cholesterol. It is also beneficial in protecting against DNA damage and the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation by singlet and triplet oxygen quenching. Its antioxidant benefits also help to increase stamina and strength.
The Benefits of Astaxanthin for Inflammation
Inflammation is your body's response against infection, and the mechanism it uses for repairing injured tissue. When a virus attacks your cells, your inflammatory system kicks in to fight it off. If you sprain an ankle, your inflammatory system works to repair the damage. Other examples of inflammation include the swelling you experience from arthritis and sunburn.
"Silent" inflammation underlies many diseases. While occasional inflammation is a normal, healthy process, chronic inflammation can lead to serious problems. This is often called systemic or "silent" inflammation.
This chronic inflammation has commonly been associated with asthma and arthritis, but now is thought to be an underlying cause of atherosclerosis, strokes, ulcers, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, cancer, diabetes and more.
Common treatments for inflammation come with significant side effects. These include aspirin, acetaminophen and the prescription drug Celebrex. None of these are harmless; they all have significant side effects, serious enough to result in over 100,000 hospitalizations and 15,000 deaths per year in the United States. Complications from the use of these medications represent about 40% of all drug-related emergency visits.
People are discovering the benefits of astaxanthin for any problem resulting from chronic inflammation. It's a completely safe alternative and is effective for a large percentage of users.
Astaxanthin for Joint Pain
Astaxanthin can help reduce pain and inflammation in tendons, joints, and muscles. Astaxanthin has been shown to be a very effective remedy for all types of joint pain, including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and joint soreness after strenuous exercise.
A health survey taken by the Nutrex-Hawaii company showed that over 80% of those experiencing back pain and symptoms from osteo or rheumatoid arthritis reported an improvement from supplementing with astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin for Athletic Endurance and Recovery
A convincing demonstration of the benefits of astaxanthin for athletic performance is the feat of salmon swimming upstream to spawn.
Salmon often go without food for days, drawing on their own reserves while making their way upstream for hundreds of miles. Where do they acquire such endurance? Much of it comes from their considerable dietary intake of astaxanthin.
The benefits of astaxanthin for serious athletes are significant. Regular users report that supplementing with astaxanthin:
- increases strength and stamina
- reduces recovery time
- prevents joint and muscle soreness after exercise
If you exercise regularly, you don't want to be slowed down from fatigue or sore joints and muscles. Anything that can reduce inflammation will benefit your performance — and astaxanthin has been shown to be one of the most effective natural inflammatories there are.
How does astaxanthin help with stamina and endurance? Astaxanthin's ability to increase your endurance is due to its beneficial effect on your mitochondria, the part of your cells that generates up to 95 percent of your energy. Many of your mitochondrial cells are found in your muscle tissue; that's where you have the greatest need for them. When your mitochondria can't produce enough energy to meet your body's demands, your strength and endurance suffer.
This energy-producing activity of your mitochondria also has a downside — it generates highly reactive free radicals that damage your cell membranes. The more strenuous your activity, the more free radicals you produce. This cellular damage results in excessive inflammation which results in tired and sore muscles.
When you're engaged in any strenuous aerobic exercise, your body is using oxygen at an accelerated rate, and generating 12 times as many free radicals as when you are resting. Numerous studies, with humans as well as animals, have shown that Astaxanthin’s powerful ability to quench these free radicals gives you more strength and endurance.
Astaxanthin is also effective in reducing lactic acid buildup during intense exercise. Lactic acid is what produces the "burn" you feel when you're exerting your muscles to their max; lactic acid buildup will reduce your overall stamina.
Many competitive and endurance athletes have become believers in astaxanthin supplements for all of the above reasons.
Astaxanthin for Youthful, Beautiful Skin
One of the most frequently reported benefits of astaxanthin is an improvement in skin quality. There is evidence that astaxanthin not only prevents UV sun damage from occurring but may actually help to reverse external signs of aging, from the inside out. This has been clearly demonstrated in human clinical trials.
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Many users of astaxanthin supplements report that they are able to spend significantly more time out in the sun without burning than they were able to before. This is due to the powerful anti-inflammatory properties that astaxanthin has. (A sunburn is essentially an inflammation of your skin).
Dr. Nicholas Perricone highly recommends astaxanthin for reducing wrinkles and age spots, improving moisture levels, elasticity and smoothness, and for giving your skin a beautiful, healthy glow.
Several cosmetic manufacturers have begun to use astaxanthin in facial and body creams for its UV protection and ability to heal damaged skin.
The Benefits of Astaxanthin for Eye Health
Recent studies reveal that astaxanthin is the ultimate supplement for eye health and the prevention of blindness because it's one of the few antioxidants that can penetrate the retinal barrier in your eyes. Supplementing with astaxanthin has been found to have protective benefits against a wide range of vision-related problems, including:
- macular degeneration*
- diabetic retinopathy*
- glaucoma and many others*
The Benefits of Astaxanthin Supplementation for Eyesight
Astaxanthin is known for the antioxidants and is recommended for maximum anti-inflammatory and health benefits for your eyes. Astaxanthin helps support and enhance eye function, improve night vision, and reduce eye fatigue and strain, and may help prevent the occurrence of degenerative diseases of the eyes.
Why do LifeSource Vitamins use ZANTHIN® Brand Astaxanthin?
The better antioxidant, any way you look at it
A member of the carotenoid family, astaxanthin is one of the most powerful lipophilic antioxidants yet discovered. As an antioxidant, it has been shown to be up to 500 times more powerful than Vitamin E, 10 times more potent as beta-carotene and 5 times more potent than lutein. Astaxanthin, unlike some carotenoids, does not convert to Vitamin A (retinol) in the human body. This high level of antioxidant activity means a much better able to address the many age-onset conditions related to oxidative stress.
Because of its unique biochemistry, astaxanthin should be considered as a component in every antioxidant formulation. Because of its potency, it can function as a ‘booster shot’ for common antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E. Even more importantly, astaxanthin’s chemistry will stop these antioxidants from becoming ‘pro-oxidants’. Astaxanthin has dual function antioxidant. It is one of the more potent quenchers of singlet oxygen. It also has the ability to efficiently trap peroxyl radicals, thus inhibiting that pathway of lipid peroxidation.
ZANTHIN – A natural, high efficacy extract with proven quality
LifeSource Vitamins has teamed up with Valensa to provide the maximum efficiency Astaxanthin. Valensa International is the world’s leading manufacturer of finished form natural astaxanthin extract. We were the first company to have finished form material approved for use by regulatory agencies in both the United States and Europe. We employ our proprietary DeepExtract™ supercritical CO2 process to create the best quality materials and our O²B™ Peroxidation Blocker stabilization technology to ensure long-term stability and efficacy for the consumer.
Valensa’s Zanthin® brand of natural astaxanthin is manufactured from the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis. Once the tough cell wall of the algae is cracked open it is highly unstable and must be extracted immediately. Valensa utilizes a proprietary extraction process to yield a stabilized and standardized 7% oleoresin. The 7% extracted oleoresin contains an astaxanthin complex composed of approximately:
- 85-90% astaxanthin
- 2% lutein
- 2% -carotene
- 6% various other carotenoids
LifeSource Vitamins Astaxanthin is 40 times more potent than beta-carotene. Research suggests potential skin benefits from the use of Astaxanthin to maintain a youthful appearance, reverse premature signs of aging and prevent UV induced skin cancer.
LifeSource Vitamins - Zanthin® Natural Astaxanthin, patented and guaranteed strength, no chemical solvents. Helps with Aging, Skin health, vision acuity, cardiovascular health, fights free radicals, immune health, anti-inflammatory, strokes and Parkinson's.
10 mg Zanthin Natural Astaxanthin patented and guaranteed strength with no chemical solvents. Helps with Aging, Skin health, vision acuity, cardiovascular health, fights free radicals, immune health, anti-inflammatory, strokes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, and AMD.
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