The Deep Sea Anti-oxidant Powerhouse
For many of us who keep ourselves update on health, wellness and beauty have definitely come across the world “antioxidants” numerous times. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, antioxidants basically save your cells from free radical damage which could be due to a number of reasons such as pollution, toxins, UV exposure which in turn causes cell deterioration and aging. We’re familiar with antioxidants like Vitamins C, and E which are commonly used either as supplements or in many of our beauty products. These ingredients are added to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and the effects of photoaging which breaks down our collagen more rapidly.
However, there is a lesser-known antioxidant which are worth familiarizing yourself with, astaxanthin, produced from microalgae, it is one of the most powerful antioxidants available. Not only does it protect you from environmental stressors but it also has an equally potent affect on inflammation in the same way as the now very popular turmeric. Therefore it can be useful for people who suffer from inflammation-related conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
So I guess the natural question is “if I’m already taking antioxidants, why to bother with more”. The answer is that all antioxidant aren’t created equally. Astaxanthin is 550 times more potent than Vitamin E, 6000 more potent than Vitamin C and 500 times more effective than Green Tea as an antioxidant. Additionally, its effectiveness doesn’t get depleted as quickly as other antioxidants and can handle multiple free radicals at the same time while vitamins C and E can only handle one at a time. For those who are athletic, take note that many competitive athletes take astaxanthin because it reduces their recovery time from fatigue. One other unique ability of this antioxidant is that it has the ability to protect both fat and water soluble part of your cell, normally with most antioxidants, it’s either one of the other which means astaxanthin has a higher utility level for all your cells. This also gives it the ability to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and keep your cognitive function in peak condition as well as slow down the decline of age-related eye deterioration.The Beauty Effect
It’s no great deduction that if you can slow down the aging of your cells with anti-oxidants, the effects are going to translate to your physical appearance, your skin being a big beneficiary, after all, we all want to maintain that freshness associated with youth and vitality for as long as we can. One point that all skin care professionals seem to agree on is the damage that can be caused by UV exposure and they advise that if you don’t do anything else anti-aging at least use sun protection. Astaxanthin protects against UV damage, increases the elasticity of your skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, protects against pigmentation and generally maintains a more hydrated skin. It’s very interesting to note that since an increasing number of people seem to be diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency, this antioxidant doesn’t actually block UV rays, therefore, reducing your chances of getting adequate Vitamin D, it only protects against any UV damage.
In general, astaxanthin is one of the most effective anti-aging supplements that really benefit’s your whole body in various ways. In a nutshell, it protects all of you from free radical damage and keeps your organs and cells working optimally. It’s also recommended that to optimize the benefits, you should take it with a bit of good fat. I usually take a supplement with my breakfast of scrambled eggs made with a bit of olive oil or if I’m on the run I grab a piece of toast with almond butter to have with my supplement. If you’re intrigued enough to try it, the standard advice is that you start with about 4 mg and increase it to about double that gradually. Taking a bit more isn’t going to harm you but you might notice that your skin get a bit of a red tint just like the salmon, craps and other sea creatures who consume this very beneficial microalga.