Jarrow Formulas Astaxanthin 4mg is a natural antioxidant carotenoid derived from the fermentation of the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis.
Clinical studies have demonstrated that Astaxanthin may promote a healthy inflammatory response, supports skin during exposure to sunlight and supports joint and eye health.
Most Astaxanthin research has been conducted with daily intakes of between 4 and 12 mg.
who can benefit from Astaxanthin?
Those seeking to promote a healthy inflammatory response may benefit from using Astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin provides additional skin protection from strong sunlight and also supports eye health.
• Unlike synthetic astaxanthin, Jarrow Formulas’ astaxanthin is naturally harvested from Haematococcus pluvalis microalgae grown in environmentally-friendly sustainable ponds
• supports skin during sun exposure
• supports joint health and eye health
Astaxanthin is a reddish-orange carotenoid and xanthophyll pigment common in the natural environment. Many animals derive their distinctive coloring from astaxanthin—salmon, shrimp, krill, lobster, flamingoes. Animal life must obtain carotenoids from plants, bacteria and algae.
That many forms of life retain and concentrate astaxanthin in their tissues suggest it’s somehow useful. In plants, it assists in photosynthesis and while in all organisms it offers protection from oxygen and light. For example, it is believed that astaxanthin in salmon eggs (hence their orange color) helps to protect them from the sun’s UV radiation before they hatch.
Unsurprisingly, astaxanthin has been found to be a powerful antioxidant possessing upwards of 100 times and 10 times greater capacity to neutralize reactive oxygen species (ROS) than vitamin E and beta-carotene, respectively. Like most carotenoids, astaxanthin cannot be converted into vitamin A. It is believed that the strong antioxidant and inflammation-modulating properties of astaxanthin are at the root of its clinically observed effects on skin, eye and joint health.
The Eyes Have It
Although lutein is probably the most recognizable eye-carotenoid, since it’s been long known to concentrate in the macula, it is now understood that astaxanthin will also accumulate in the retina of mammals. There it likely acts similar to lutein and zeaxanthin in warding-off oxidative assaults that commonly lead to the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). For instance, the retinal photoreceptors of rats fed astaxanthin were better protected from UV-light injury than those not fed astaxanthin.
Clinically, astaxanthin has also demonstrated effects on eye accommodation and increased blood flow in humans. Accommodation relates to the eyes ability to bend the lens to bring the visual field into focus. Accommodation ability tends to decrease as we age because the lens becomes less pliable as it accumulates oxidative damage to its constituent proteins. The muscles that flex the lens in the eye can also become fatigued after long-use leading to eye-strain and loss of acuity. Seemingly, by increasing blood- flow and protecting ocular tissue astaxanthin can have both short and long term protective effects on the eyes.
Grade A-xanthin for Skin
Much like in salmon eggs, astaxanthin seems to protect human skin from harmful UV-induced oxidative stress and hence damage. An in vitro study, using human skin cells, has shown that preincubation with astaxanthin prevents ultraviolet A (UVA)-induced decreases in cellular superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity and cellular glutathione content, which are the skin’s natural protectants.
Via this protection, astaxanthin also seems to dampen the skin’s inflammatory response to the sun and lessen collagen degradation. In fact, astaxanthin seems to modulate levels of inflammatory mediators in the body like nuclear factor kappaB (NF- κ B), TNF- α and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 β ). Since an out-of-balance inflammatory cascade can be an enemy to healthy skin, it should not come as a surprise that astaxanthin supplementation appears to help maintain healthier, smoother, and lighter looking skin.
Inflammation isn’t a process that specifically afflicts the skin. Joint discomfort and degradation often result from a surfeit of pro-inflammatory activity. In a double-blind study of people that experienced recurrent joint discomfort, astaxanthin appeared to significantly increase comfort levels after eight weeks of daily use. In another clinical study with men who normally worked out with weights, 4 mg of astaxanthin was given daily over the course of three weeks. Men taking astaxanthin experienced significantly more joint comfort after a strenuous knee work-out.
Natural astaxanthin has a different complement of isomers than synthetically produced astaxanthin, like that commonly fed to farm- raised salmon. Naturally-derived astaxanthin is also typically found in the form of esters and protein conjugates, whereas synthetic astaxanthin is not. These differences may alter the effects of astaxanthin in humans.
Jarrow Formulas astaxanthin is naturally harvested from Haematococcus pluvalis microalgae grown in environmentally-friendly sustainable ponds.
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Particulate matter and your healthAs the Dutch government decided to move away from natural fossilized energy sources, we are moving towards solar and wind energy.
Because solar and wind energy cannot provide all energy and a decision to also move away from natural gas, biomass plants seemed to be the perfect solution.
Biomass is plant or animal material used for energy production (electricity or heat). It can be purposely grown energy crops, wood or forest residues, waste from food crops (wheat straw), horticulture (yard waste), food processing (corn cobs), animal farming (manure, rich in nitrogen and phosphorus), or human waste from sewage plants.
Burning plant-derived biomass releases CO2, but it has still been classified as a renewable energy source in the EU and UN legal frameworks because photosynthesis cycles the CO2 back into new crops. In some cases, this recycling of CO2 from plants to atmosphere and back into plants can even be CO2 negative, as a relatively large portion of the CO2 is moved to the soil during each cycle.
However, over the past few months it has become clear how a lot of biomass comes from trees, that were previously pristine forests in the USA or the Baltics.
While in the best case, the use of biomass could even be CO2 negative, burning biomass will result in excessive CO2 output locally as well as of particulate matter.
This is why almost overnight, due to negative public opinion, politicians changed their mind. Too late though, there are already few hundred biomass plants that are being constructed due to substantial subsidies that were handed out, so we can expect a substantial worsening of air quality in the upcoming decade(s) because of the increased amount of particulate matter.
Zinc and HCQ
In the past few months, nearly everyone will have become familiar with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and how it has been welcomed as a miracle drug, only to be set aside as being too dangerous to expose sick patients with underlying cardiovascular diseases to it.
Upon learning how HCQ is supposed to be used in this crisis, I was flabbergasted to read how HCQ was put to use by itself, as a drug on its own. True enough, HCQ is a malaria drug, but it was not just meant to be used as a curative medicin on its own for COVID-19 but as a messenger to transport the true miracle mineral, zinc into cells.
The now famous Zelenko protocol which uses HCQ , azithromycin and zinc as well as a number of other essential vitamins and minerals, was never meant to be used in hospital either, but for use by doctors on patients who had just fallen ill.
Now the researchers who discredited HCQ in the Lancet article have been debunked as having used fraudulous data in order to promote a much more expensive drug in which one of the authors had a vested interested, we think it is about time to explain a thing or two on why and how HCQ is used in combination with zinc.
What causes night blindness?People with night blindness experience poor vision at night or in dimly lit environments, for which the medical term nyctalopia is used.
Although the term “night blindness” implies that you can’t see at night, this isn’t the case. You may just have more difficulty seeing or driving in darkness.
Some types of night blindness are treatable while other types aren’t. Once you know the cause of the problem, you can take steps to correct your vision.
What are free radicals?The body is under constant attack from oxidative stress. Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA.
Free radicals are associated with human disease, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and many others. They also may have a link to aging, which has been defined as a gradual accumulation of free-radical damage.
Substances that generate free radicals can be found in the food we eat, the medicines we take, the air we breathe and the water we drink. These substances include fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides and air pollutants.
Free radicals are the natural byproducts of chemical processes, such as metabolism. Free radicals can be seen as as waste products from various chemical reactions in the cell that when built up, harm the cells of the body.
Yet, free radicals are essential to life. The body's ability to turn air and food into chemical energy depends on a chain reaction of free radicals. Free radicals are also a crucial part of the immune system, floating through the veins and attacking foreign invaders.
Protect your body against the dangers of agingAntioxidants, everyone has heard of them, but only a few know what they really are and what they do.
Antioxidants are present in fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, where they protect the plant against insects. Fruits and vegetables that have bright, distinctive (dark) colors, have the highest amount of antioxidants, such as the very well known red tomatoes, blueberries, purple grapes, green (and purple!) kale, yellow corn and orange carrots.
What to wear: a pair of glasses or contacts?!
A short while ago, yours truly went back to wearing eye glasses after having worn contacts for over 30 years. My eyes had 'run dry' and as a result an inflammation snuck in, causing an inability to wear (hard) contacts. Despite having worn glasses as a kid and young adult, it took me longer to adapt to them than expected. This has much to do with the fact I now need two pairs of glasses: one for reading and another one for further away. With two pairs it seems as if you are always wearing the wrong pair and.. where did I put them down again?
Take 1 softgel per day, preferably with a meal or as directed by your qualified health care consultant.
contains per daily serving (1 softgel)
astaxanthin (from Haematococcus pluvialis) 4mg †
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
active ingredient (astaxanthin), filler (non-GMO safflower oil, extra virgin olive oil), anti-oxidant (mixed tocopherols from non-GMO sunflower oil), filler (rosemary extract), capsule (BSE-free bovine gelatin, glycerin and purified water)
keep dry and closed at normal room temperature
keep out of reach of young children
contains no other familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)