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While the human body produces enough natural antioxidants to protect us from free radicals caused by exercise, digestion and other metabolic activities, it cannot regulate the countless free radicals we are exposed to in our day-to-day lives due to toxic environmental factors like pollution, UV radiation from the sun and smoking. This imbalance between free radicals and the body’s ability to regulate them creates oxidative stress, which contributes to the development of serious diseases.
As you can understand, getting antioxidants through food sources or supplementation is essential to our well-being. Antioxidants prevent damage caused by free radicals to ward off disease and promote overall health.
What Is Astaxanthin?
Arguably the most powerful carotenoid antioxidant is astaxanthin, a pigment sourced from algae and present in most red-colored aquatic organisms. The most potent source of astaxanthin is salmon, particularly sockeye salmon.
Astaxanthin is responsible for giving animals like salmon, lobster, shrimp and even flamingos their red-orangish hues; for example, flamingos are born completely white and start to turn pink because of the astaxanthin they consume through algae.
The protection that astaxanthin provides against free radicals also helps build endurance. For example, astaxanthin not only gives salmon their color but, experts believe, helps promote their endurance so they can swim very long distances through strong currents of water, such as needed by the sockeye salmon for its long yearly spawning migration.
For humans, astaxanthin’s health benefits are numerous, as the antioxidant has the ability to reach every cell of the body. For example, it has potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving powers, fights fatigue and promotes endurance and strength.
Compared to other supplements, astaxanthin has the highest source of antioxidant power:
Astaxanthin and Eye Disease Prevention
Astaxanthin is also excellent for eye health. It is particularly important for the prevention of major causes of blindness like age-related macular degeneration, which has been linked to chronic oxidative stress and inflammation. By reducing oxidative stress and inhibiting inflammation, astaxanthin can help reduce the risk of losing vision to macular degeneration and other diseases.
Astaxanthin is not one of the carotenoids that makes up the macular pigment. However, its inclusion in the Lumega-Z formula (now 4 mg) provides a superior antioxidant boost to the other carotenoids (e.g., lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin) and antioxidants already in the formula.
Clinical trials also suggest astaxanthin can help prevent eye fatigue in individuals who spend a lot of time looking at digital screens. Since so many of us need to use computers, tablets and smart phones for work or to keep in touch with loved ones, taking astaxanthin could be very helpful.
Watch this video to learn about the four benefits of Astaxanthin for Eye Health
- Most Powerful Natural Antioxidant to Fight Oxidative Stress in the Retina
- Targeted Mitochondrial Protection For Reversing Cell Damage
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties to Reduce Retinal Inflammation
- Supports Ocular Blood Flow to Help Nourish Eyes
Watch this video to learn about how Astaxanthin works together with the macular carotenoids to support eye health.
Lumega-Z is the only Medical Food designed to support eye, retinal and macular health. Lumega-Z offers the only nutritional therapy with the potent combination of all three macular carotenoids; lutein, zeaxanthin and mesozeaxanthin,, along with nature’s most powerful antioxidant, astaxanthin.
Sources of Astaxanthin
One way to get astaxanthin is by eating salmon; however, you would have to eat a lot of salmon to get the daily dose that experts recommend — more than 3 servings of sockeye salmon a day or up to 12 servings of other types of salmon. You may not even like the taste of fish!
The company behind Lumega-Z provides astaxanthin harvested directly from the algae in which it germinates. This process, which takes place in an indoor facility isolated from potential impurities, produces the most potent form of astaxanthin. With Lumega-Z, you can be assured that we have taken every step possible to protect the potency of the ingredients so you can get the maximum health benefits of the product.
To learn more about Lumega-Z, please contact Guardion Health Sciences today.