Jarrow Formulas Astaxanthin High Potency 12mg 60sg 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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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.
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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.
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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.
Should I worry about my cholesterol levels?Recently, new guidelines were introduced for what is deemed to be a healthy cholesterol level. While formerly, it was adviced to introduce cholesterol lowering drugs when your 'bad' cholesterol level amounted to over 2.5 mmol/litre, that number now dropped to 1.8.
This big drop will probably result in a vast increase of people that are being administered cholesterol lowering drugs.
But what if I told you, cholesterol is a poor marker for heart health?
For decades, cholesterol testing has served as that warning for many. An elevated level of "bad" LDL cholesterol has been just the warning people needed to change their ways. It has played that role for several reasons. People like tests because the results seem objective. Reliable measurement of cholesterol is easy and relatively inexpensive. It makes sense biologically. LDL cholesterol, a protein-wrapped package containing fat and cholesterol, tends to slip out of the bloodstream and lodge in blood vessel walls, forming the plaque that leads to clots and heart attacks.
And it makes sense statistically. The correlation between lowering your LDL and lowering your chances of having a heart attack or developing other forms of heart disease is well documented. Indeed, exercise and dietary changes are good for the heart partly because they lower LDL cholesterol levels.
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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.
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) 12mg †
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
active ingredient (astaxanthin), filler (non-GMO safflower oil, extra virgin olive oil) , anti-oxidant (natural mixed tocopherols from non-GMO sunflower oil, rosemary extract for freshness), capsule (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)