Health News (Week 29 – 2015)
By Robert Redfern
If you go to my news website Naturally Healthy News and search for AstaXanthin you will find many articles I have written over the years. For those like me who like to know how to pronounce names correctly it is pronounced Asta-Zan-Thin.
Talking about things being correct, I have to apologize for last week’s newsletter as although it was proofed and corrected by two separate people the email designer picked up my raw draft and sent that out instead of the corrected version. Thank you for all of the readers who took the trouble to point this out.
This week’s subject on AstaXanthin came into my mind as I was taking my daily dose of it. The sun here is exceeding 40°C (104°F) inland where we live and there is no better protection for your skin than AstaXanthin. You may remember from previous articles not to use sun creams and especially the chemical ones that may be a cause of skin cancer. Instead I build up my skin exposure slowly over a period and do not sunbathe in the middle of the day. Studies show some protection from burning, and more to the point, protection from long-term skin damage. I also use Q-Gel Cream that has the highest level of CoEnzyme Q10 to rebuild my skin and protect my skin DNA.
You may think that this is enough of a good reason to use AstaXanthin; I have not even started. There are dozens of independent studies that cover a huge range of important uses. Before I list these benefits I want to explain why it is so powerful…
- Antioxidants – It is one of the most powerful antioxidants, 1000x more powerful than Vitamin E at preventing oxidation and 550x more powerful against free radicals.
- Cell Protection – It is able to protect both the inner layers of the cells as well as the outer layers.
- Ant-Inflammatory – Its anti-inflammatory effects are shown in many studies.
It’s unusual to get these three powerful protective effects but at least it does explain why studies show it can help such things as:
Human studies involving supplementation with Astaxanthin demonstrated significant improvement in skin elasticity, increased moisture content and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
There are many studies showing the protective effect on brain cells and four of the most successful ones can be seen at the end.
Human studies have shown Astaxanthin’s cardiovascular benefits to include:
- A significant decrease in the blood serum triglyceride
- An increase in HDL-cholesterol levels with a corresponding increase in serum adiponectin
- Significant increase in ankle brachial pressure index
- A significant reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in healthy postmenopausal women
- Significantly increased peripheral capillary blood flow via human blood rheology and;
- Reduced lipid peroxidation in healthy non-smoking men, aged 19-33.
This area has been well studied with ten human studies demonstrating reduced eye fatigue with Astaxanthin showing significant improvement in accommodation, visual acuity and critical flicker fusion. Two animal studies where uveitis was induced demonstrated significant reduction in ciliary body inflammation in subjects administered Astaxanthin.
Physical Endurance and Muscle Recovery
Studies have shown a 4mg dose of Astaxanthin significantly improved muscle strength, endurance and recovery, significantly lowering serum lactate levels after exercise with use of Astaxanthin. Supplementation showed a significant increase in peripheral blood flow and Astaxanthin was found to attenuate exercise-induced damage in the skeletal and heart muscle, including inhibition of neutrophil infiltration into the tissues.
I guess you can see this is no ordinary supplement and the young, old and the seriously ill will all benefit from it, so I trust I did not make it seem cosmetic when I said that sun protection is the main reason I take it.
My advice is to make sure you can pronounce Astaxanthin (Asta-Zan-Thin) and consider carefully whether to add it to your daily plan or at least take it for sun protection. It is essential for children and is even safe for dogs as well.
Good Health Naturally currently has this on a super Buy One Get One FREE offer and so I recommend filling up your cupboard while this lasts.
That is all you have to do unless you have urgently serious health problems, in which case please contact our Health Coaching team for a personal plan.
PS. I really meant stop ALL grains and cereals at the very minimum to help you live longer and healthier.
Astaxanthin protects against MPTP/MPP+-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and ROS production in vivo and in vitro. Food Chem Toxicol. 2011 Jan;49(1):271-80.
 Neuroprotective Effects of Astaxanthin in Oxygen-Glucose Deprivation in SH-SY5Y Cells and Global Cerebral Ischemia in Rat. J Clin Biochem Nutr. 2010 Sep;47(2):121-9.
 Astaxanthin inhibits H2O2-mediated apoptotic cell death in mouse neural progenitor cells via modulation of P38 and MEK signaling pathways. J Microbiol Biotechnol. 2009 Nov;19(11):1355-63.
 Astaxanthin protects neuronal cells against oxidative damage and is a potent candidate for brain food. Forum Nutr. 2009;61:129-35.