Inflammation is a necessary and important biological process that allows you to survive. It’s your body’s response to fighting infection and repairing damaged tissues. In other words, it’s part of your natural healing process. If you didn’t have inflammation, you’d never heal from an infection or injury.
The problems start when inflammation shoots up, uncontrolled. Many people experience ongoing, low-level inflammation without even knowing it. That is a crucial factor behind many chronic diseases.
This chronic or “silent” inflammation is the evil twin of oxidation, and where you find one, you find the other. It can live “under the radar,” lingering for years (even decades) where it damages your heart, brain, and immune system.
Left unchecked, chronic inflammation can lead to anything from asthma to rheumatoid arthritis to Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the number of diseases linked to chronic inflammation is staggering:
- Heart disease, atherosclerosis and stroke
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and colon cancer
…and even osteoporosis. Chronic inflammation can elevate your osteoporosis risk by increasing your levels of inflammatory cytokines – which can induce bone loss. A recent study shows that unchecked inflammation increases your risk of a hip fracture by three-fold! That’s why you need Astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring carotenoid found in microalgae. Carotenoids give foods their beautiful color (for example the reds, yellows and greens in peppers). They also have potent antioxidant properties.
When you see a nice pink salmon or shrimp, you see astaxanthin. Astaxanthin even gives flamingos their beautiful pink color. (Flamingos feast on shrimp and shrimp feed on algae, where astaxanthin thrives.)
Its antioxidant qualities deliver a wide range of health benefits to you – it literally “puts you in the pink!”
Astaxanthin has many properties that make it unique. For instance, astaxanthin…
- Neutralizes Free Radicals. Free radicals can cause harm through oxidative damage, leading to illness and disease. By adding antioxidants like astaxanthin to your diet you can neutralize these radicals. Astaxanthin is stronger than Vitamin E, beta-carotene and Vitamin C at preventing compounds from causing cells to oxidize; in fact, it is 14, 54, and even 65 times stronger than these nutrients respectively!
- Quenches Singlet Oxygen: Astaxanthin is able to “quench” (or cleanse) these singlet oxygen forms, which are a specific oxidation method that mimic how sunlight and other organic materials can harm cells. Astaxanthin is able to cleanse singlet oxygen 11 times more effectively than beta-carotene and 550 times more effectively than Vitamin E.
- Is a Potent Anti-Inflammatory: Astaxanthins’ anti-inflammatory properties are able to reduce your risk of experiencing illnesses like cataracts, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease by providing protection for your brain, eyes, and central nervous system. It does so by crossing both the blood-brain and blood-retinal barriers, something which beta-carotene and lycopene cannot.
And how about some more great news…
Studies find no adverse reactions for people taking astaxanthin.
How to Add Astaxanthin to Your Diet
Astaxanthin helps to support a normal inflammatory response in healthy people. At the same time, it helps to protect every cell and tissue from free radical damage.
Again, astaxanthin comes from microalgae. So the only way to consume it is to eat the type of microalgae that salmon and other shellfish consume, and that is unlikely.
Sockeye salmon in particular has the highest amounts of this antioxidant. Other salmon contain astaxanthin in lower amounts. But you would need to eat about 3 to 4 ounces of salmon every day to get the 3 mg you find in an astaxanthin supplement. So while eating salmon everyday might not be realistic, taking a supplement is.
Link Original: https://www.healthable.org/astaxanthin-fights-inflammation-promotes-health/