Amazing natural anti-inflammatory – Astaxanthin

Thought to be the most powerful antioxidant found in nature, Astaxanthin is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. Astaxanthin is produced by a microalgae called Haematococcus pluvialis in times of stress and environmental change. For this microalgae, Astaxanthin is its defense mechanism, with the ability to keep the algae alive for over 40 years without food or water.

One of Astaxanthin’s everyday benefits to humans is its anti-inflammatory properties. So many of us suffer from aches and pains on a daily basis, with the majority of them a result of inflammation. Classic signs of inflammation are, redness, pain, warmth, and swelling. Sunburn is a classic example of inflammation, red, painful, warm skin. However it is the ‘silent inflammation’ that you should worry about. This is the inflammation that goes on inside the body that you can’t see, the inflammation that’s causing you stomach pains, or the inflammation in your gut you can’t see or feel that can go on undetected for years causing damage inside you.

Astaxanthin and many other anti-oxidants can help reduce inflammation. It suppresses a variety of inflammation causing cells and unlike many anti-inflammatory drugs which block a single targeted molecules, astaxanthin and other natural anti-inflammatories will lower a broad range of inflammatory cells. By hitting a broad spectrum of inflammatory mediators, astaxanthin is able to lower inflammation through the entire body with no harmful side effects, as opposed to common drugs which target specified areas with a long side of potential harmful side effects.

Most of astaxanthin’s anti-inflammatory research has been aimed at common pains from, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and post-exercise joint soreness where all have shown positive reactions to astaxanthin supplementation.

If you decide to start supplementing astaxanthin make sure you have the natural supplement from algae rather than the synthetic version. There are currently sythentic versions of astaxanthin made from petrochemicals that offer far inferior health benefits. The natural astaxanthin has been shown to be 20 times stronger as an antioxidant than the sythentic counterpart.

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