Astaxanthin - The Little Known Miracle Nutrient
What if you were told that you could take a little pill that would help with a multitude of health aliments, including helping to improve the quality of your skin and the stiffness in your joints? You might find this hard to swallow, but all of this is possible with a natural antioxidant called astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a deep red carotenoid related to beta carotene, lutein, and lycopene. Astaxanthin is the most abundant carotenoid in the marine environment and is what colors salmon flesh and the shells of lobsters and shrimp red. There have been over 50 human clinical trials and over 200 other scientific studies done on astaxanthin. Of these studies, numerous scientific studies have shown that natural astaxanthin is the most powerful natural antioxidant known; some 20 to 90 times stronger than other natural antioxidants. Natural astaxanthin has a number of health benefits. These health benefits demonstrated in human clinical trials include: maintaining joint and tendon health, supporting eye health, cardiovascular health, speeding the recovery from strenuous exercise, and even protecting the skin during exposure to UV radiation. A unique property that makes astaxanthin stand out is that many users report that they physically notice a difference when taking astaxanthin, such as relief from aches and pains. The richest source of natural astaxanthin is from microalgae, Haematococcus pluvialis. Cyanotech Corporation grows Haematococcus in large culture ponds exposed to the intense Hawaiian sun on the Kona Coast. When ready, the microalgae is harvest and dried. An astaxanthin rich oil is then extracted from the Haematococcus using supercritical carbon dioxide (no toxic solvents) to finally produce a finished softgel capsule marketed under the brand BioAstin® Hawaiian Astaxanthin®. Cyanotech has been growing and researching astaxanthin for over 34 years in Kona, Hawaii. What started out as a small 5 acre farm in the early 1980s has grown into a state-of-the-art vertically integrated 90 acre facility that encompasses large, outdoor culture ponds, test and research labs, and an extraction plant. Cyanotech is dedicated to educating the world on this amazing nutrient to accomplish their mission to “Fulfill the Promise of Whole Health through Microalgae."