Scientists say everyone carries the FOXO3 gene, which is associated with aging, but 1 in 3 people carry a version of the gene associated with longevity.
Discovering the fountain of youth has been one of the world’s most sought-after but elusive endeavors. New information suggests that enhanced metabolism may be a valuable key for improved health and longevity. A single, powerful component – astaxanthin may turn everyone’s FOXO3 gene into the longevity version.
Researchers already knew from a large number of animal studies that astaxanthin lowers inflammation, heart and liver damage and risk of stroke. In humans, astaxanthin goes the extra mile by lowering inflammation and triglycerides.
There are 700-odd naturally occurring carotenoids which provide the bright colors in many foods, but also act as incredibly powerful antioxidants. Further, scientists believe astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant in nature. Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring compound, existing in nature without any artificial or chemical assistance.
As a supplement to help support your immune system, astaxanthin, which also protects against DNA damage and improves brain function, shows a dramatic effect on your mitochondria, the powerhouse of your cells.
In comparison with other antioxidants, studies show astaxanthin to be 64 times more potent than vitamin C and 54 times more potent than beta-carotene, plus many other benefits.
How to Include More of It in Your Diet
While many antioxidants can be obtained by eating plenty of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, “real” astaxanthin is derived only by microalgae called Haematococcus pluvialis.
When this type of algae’s water supply dries up, it has a sort of “survival mechanism” or “force field” to protect itself from intense sunlight, ultraviolet radiation and low nutrition.
That said, it means there are two natural astaxanthin sources: the microalgae that produce it and the sea creatures that consume the algae, such as salmon and krill. The best resources for these foods are wild-caught Alaskan salmon
and krill oil supplements, which offer a large number of other nutritional benefits.
Astaxanthin is completely safe.
As a fish food supplement, synthetic astaxanthin is often used to give farmed salmon a pink or orange-red hue.
However, because synthetic astaxanthin is made from petrochemicals (obtained from petroleum and natural gas), it’s best to avoid this version.
That’s it for today. Of course we’ll carry on with our talk about health, even if my blog is mainly about beauty, as they go hand in hand.