Athletics, Beauty & Conception...
What Do They Have in Common?
If you guessed Natural Astaxanthin as the answer to this A, B, C, you guessed correctly!
Natural Astaxanthin is a secret weapon for athletes. In a six month double-blind study in Sweden, healthy young men taking 4 mg daily of Natural Astaxanthin (as AstaCarox by AstaCarotene) demonstrated significant improvement in strength and endurance compared with controls. After three months, the Natural Astaxanthin group increased the number of deep knee bends they could complete by 62 percent! (The control group increased by only 22 percent.)
The huskies who run the Alaskan Iditerod are another group whose performance is enhanced by Natural Astaxanthin. Dr. Arleigh Reynolds, sled dog nutritionist and racer, says, “Natural Astaxanthin is 50 - 100 times better as an antioxidant for dogs than Vitamin E. It shows measurable improvement in blood parameters and visibly improves the dogs' performance.”
Man's best friend and man himself owe this breakthrough to some of the world's finest athletes: salmon. This famous fish swims up raging rivers for as long as seven days. Scientists believe it is the very high amount of astaxanthin in salmon muscle that gives it such extraordinary endurance.
Another bonus for outdoor athletes is sunburn protection. An amazing two week study showed that Natural Astaxanthin (as BioAstin, 4 mg/d) can protect the skin from UV radiation by increasing the amount of exposure time before the skin burns. (Independent Consumer Research Company, 2001)
Taking Natural Astaxanthin protects skin and eyes from the damaging effects of the sun while bringing all its healthful benefits.
Natural Astaxanthin is a systemic antioxidant. The same antioxidant property that makes it an internal sunscreen also makes it an internal beauty supplement. By now, most women know that sun damage and even internal free radical damage can affect skin quality, leading to an aged appearance of the skin. In two separate studies, Natural Astaxanthin demonstrated its ability to improve skin from the inside.
In the first study, participants took a combination of Natural Astaxanthin and tocotrienols (a vitamin E derivative). Measurable differences began to appear within two weeks. By the fourth week, individuals with dry skin had increased moisture levels and a reduction of fine wrinkles and pimples. Overall, improved elasticity, reduced swelling under the eyes, and better skin texture were reported. None of this happened in the placebo group. (Yamashita 2002)
In the second study, researchers combined Natural Astaxanthin with omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils) and marine glycosaminoglycans.5 In this Canadian study, significant improvements were measured in skin hydration and elasticity. Improvements of the skin's appearance, including tone, reduction of fine lines and sallowness, were also noted. Although some ingredients differed in the two studies, Natural Astaxanthin was the common denominator. Results were so convincing that leading companies worldwide are now using Natural Astaxanthin in their antioxidant skin care formulas.
Lastly, studies show successful conception due to Natural Astaxanthin. In Sweden during the 1990s, a number of studies demonstrated that farm animals fed Natural Astaxanthin had higher conception rates and healthier birth statistics than animals that were not supplemented. The next logical step was to test the supplement in human couples. The Swedish company supplied Natural Astaxanthin (as AstaCarox) to ten couples who could not conceive (poor sperm quality). After three months of 16 mg of Natural Astaxanthin per day, five of the ten couples had succeeded in conceiving. (Comhaire, et al. 2003; Similarly by Garem, et al. in 2002.) Taking Natural Astaxanthin is certainly the first technique to try for couples having the same difficulty. Imagine the stress and expense that could be saved by simply trying this easy solution first.
5 Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are the building blocks of cartilage and joint fluid.Nutrition News _ 2006 Special Edition. Celebrating 30 years of health as a way of being. Siri Dharma K. Khalsa, Riverside, CA 92517ISSN 8756-5919. Nutrition News is a division of World Be Well, Inc.