Astaxanthin's powerful antioxidant activity has been demonstrated in numerous studies showing the detrimental effects of free-radical-induced oxidative stress, as well as astaxanthin's potential for targeting many important health conditions.
There is increasing testimonial evidence that astaxanthin may be effective in enhancing general well being, improving quality of life, and enhancing the immune system. Recent studies have shown enhanced immune response and decreased DNA damage in human subjects following astaxanthin administration.
Astaxanthin is capable of crossing the blood<>brain barrier in mammals, a unique and important property for an antioxidant. This property allows astaxanthin to extend its superior antioxidant activity to the central nervous system, which, being rich in unsaturated fatty acids, is highly susceptible to oxidative damage by ROS.
The efficacy of astaxanthin in limiting the damage produced by ROS-induced oxidative stress and improving health parameters in the tissues and the body has been demonstrated in a series of in vitro experiments, in pre-clinical studies, and in human models. The following is a list of diseases and conditions for which astaxanthin has been shown to have beneficial effects, as described in numerous medical articles and patents over the last 10 years:
· Age-Related Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the aging population
· Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases: two of the most important
· High cholesterol: astaxanthin ameliorates the effects of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol.
· Inflammatory, chronic viral, and autoimmune diseases
· Sperm fertility improvement
· Improved muscle function
· Prevents sunburn from UV light
· Normalizes cardiac rhythm
· Anti-hypertension agent
· Stress management
· Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
· Stroke: repairs damage caused by lack of oxygen