Free radicals are unstable, highly reactive molecules that have unpaired electrons. They can be generated naturally in our bodies by different metabolic activities, enzymatic reactions and exercise. These radicals are usually produced in a scale that the body’s natural antioxidants can handle.
In our day to day lives, we are exposed to free radicals produced by various other sources in the environment around us; for example - pollution, smoking, UV radiation from the sun and the consumption of alcohol. This constant exposure to such a toxic environment creates a significant imbalance between the body´s natural antioxidant capacity and its ability to neutrlize free radicals. The result is a damaging condition called "oxidative stress".
One of the primary causes of human aging is oxidative stress caused by free radical attacks. They have harmful effects on lipids, proteins, DNA and can cause serious damage to the human body. Oxidative stress has also been shown to contribute significantly to various inflammatory diseases.
Put simply, antioxidants are molecules that work against the oxidation of the cells. They are stable enough to offer electrons to free radicals and thus help neutralize them. They provide protection against the damaging effects of free radicals.
Astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory known to science until this moment. Its power comes from its unique structure that allows it to quench free radicals in the inner and outer layer of the cell membrane unlike other antioxidants.
Natural astaxanthin from the microalgae, Haematococcus pluvialis, is a natural carotenoid that can be found from arctic marine environments, to common fresh water rock pools throughout the world. Astaxanthin is what gives the pink and red color to salmon, shrimp and lobster. In the natural environment, animals depend on their diet to obtain astaxanthin and other carotenoids since they cannot produce carotenoids themselves. The most abundant source of astaxanthin in nature is Haematococcus pluvialis, which will accumulate astaxanthin in lipid vesicles during periods of nutrient deficiency and environmental stress. Because Haematococcus often grows in places that are exposed to intense sunlight during its dormant phase, astaxanthin functions to protect the cell nucleus against free radicals generated by UV radiation that would otherwise cause damage to its DNA and peroxidise energy reservoirs.
Natural astaxanthin has a unique molecular structure that makes it literally hundreds of times stronger than any other antioxidant molecule. For this reason, astaxanthin is often called "The King of Antioxidants". You can learn more about how AstaReal AB produces natural astaxanthin here.
AstaReal AB continues to lead the way in the production and innovation of natural astaxanthin. The global demand for natural astaxanthin continues to grow and AstaReal AB along with Fuji Chemical Industry Co., Ltd are committed to ensuring the supply of superior, natural astaxanthin products. You can read more about AstaReal AB here.
The health benefits of natural astaxanthin are diverse. Read on to learn more about the proven health effects of AstaReal® natural astaxanthin.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and is extremely complex; consisting of multiple layers each of which have unique and important functions. Natural astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant known to science, and has the ability to optimize the health and radiance of the skin by providing protection and support to all layers.
Clinical Benefits of Natural Astaxanthin
Natural astaxanthin improves muscle endurance through its ability to support muscle function and improve aerobic power. Natural astaxanthin is both a powerful antioxidant and a potent anti- inflammatory. In studies, natural astaxanthin has also been found to reduce lactic acid build up and decrease fatigue.
Benefits of Natural Astaxanthin for Muscle Performance
A large body of clinical and experimental research has concluded that natural astaxanthin can contribute to improved cardiovascular health. Studies have shown that natural astaxanthin reduces oxidative stress and inflammation, improves lipid profiles and promotes better blood flow in capillaries.
Benefits of Natural Astaxanthin for Cardiovascular Health:
Various clinical studies have shown that astaxanthin supplementation can improve the symptoms linked to Computer Vision Syndrome such as eye fatigue, eye irritation and blurred vision. Clinical studies have also shown that astaxanthin supplementation improves eye fatigue by quenching cellular inflammation that emerges during persistent visual stress and tension of the ciliary muscle.
Clinical Studies Have Shown That Natural Astaxanthin is Beneficial in Enhancing Eye Health & Vision by:
Like other parts of the body, the immune system functions better when protected. Natural astaxanthin has a strong ability to both balance and strengthen the immune system, therefore improving its ability to defend the body whilst also helping to suppress the overactive immune responses that create unwanted inflammation.
Benefits of Natural Astaxanthin
Several studies have shown that astaxanthin has various biological effects on the brain. Randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled studies have shown that 3-months supplementation of natural astaxanthin extract from Haematococcus pluvialis (12mg/daily) improved mental quickness, multitasking, memory and faster learning in senior subjects complaining of age-related forgetfulness.
Benefits of Natural Astaxanthin for Brain Health:
The digestive system is one of the most sensitive components of the human body. A healthy digestive system plays an important role in a healthy lifestyle.
Clinical studies have shown that astaxanthin supplementation can support gastric health due to its ability to inhibit gastric inflammation, provide protection against stomach ulcers and reduce H.pylori infection.
Benefits of Natural Astaxanthin for Stomach Health