Astaxanthin

We are constantly searching for cures, chemicals, supplements and super foods that help us improve our health. The human body is astonishingly resilient and fragile both at the same time. People have been known to have fallen from buildings and survived and there are people who die because they fractured a bone. It is hard to discern what specific event will lead to an outcome and therefore prevention and precaution is often the best approach.

Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring cartenoid red in colour which gives certain types of fish a pink hue. Salmon have the highest concentration of Astaxanthin in the animal kingdom. It is believed that it is this cartenoid that gives salmon the ability to swim up stream over long distances as they travel to breed each year. In humans, taken naturally as you eat foods rich in it or taken as a supplement, it provides endurance and other benefits. It helps reduce pain and inflammation much like taking a pain killer. If you exercise regularly it helps recovery from the fatigue caused by vigorous exercise. It is one of the best antioxidants available in nature as it cleans up your cells without become a pro-oxidant unlike many other antioxidants. It also helps clear up your skin, balance your moisture and create a naturally glowing skin.

If you do not eat fish, it is hard to consume Astaxanthin. However, there are supplements available that provide you with the quantities required on a daily basis. The exact ideal dosage required is unknown but doctors recommend about 6-8 mg daily. It is believed that this also reduces your LDL or bad cholesterol over time in addition to being your pick me up energy booster.