Biosphere Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant used to support general health and wellbeing. As a potent anti-inflammatory, Astaxanthin has the ability to reduce inflammation and cell damage throughout the body.
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Biosphere Astaxanthin is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory that offers great protection without the harmful effects of many anti-inflammatory drugs. As a natural antioxidant, Astaxanthin works to control free radicals and reduce inflammation throughout the entire body rather than targeting specific areas.
To get the recommended amounts of Astaxanthin via seafood requires extreme quantities that are expensive and impractical. Biosphere Astaxanthin provides a cost effective and easy way to get ideal amounts of Astaxanthin each day, without having to consume copious amounts of seafood. Biosphere Astaxanthin comes from a natural algae called Haematoccous Pluvialis, harvested in New Zealand.
Astaxanthin is a reddish-pink pigment created by microalgae that give many sea creatures such as krill, salmon and crayfish their red colour. When certain algae are stressed by a change in their environments such as a change in temperature or a change in UV light, they release Astaxanthin to defend themselves. When released, the Astaxanthin surrounds the algae and protects it, giving it the ability to survive dormant without food or water for over 40 years. It is these protective properties that have sparked so many new studies with new human applications constantly being discovered.
Biosphere provides a cost effective and easy way to get ideal amounts of Astaxanthin each day.
Of the 700 carotenoids discovered in nature so far, Astaxanthin has proven to be the most powerful. The extent of human benefit potential is growing as we learn more about how antioxidants play a role in our well-being.
Help support Joint and Skeletal
health by reducing inflammation
Help improve memory while protecting your brain from free radicals
Help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful free radical causing UV rays
Help improve endurance and recovery after strenuous exercise
Help energize the heart to normalise blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Support healthy eyes and slows down age-related macular degeneration
Help improve the immune response to potential threats in your body
As nature’s most powerful antioxidant, Astaxanthin’s key role in the body is cleaning up free radicals, resulting in a reduction in inflammation. As inflammation goes down so does the severity of a long list of health concerns.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that have lost an electron, becoming positively charged and chemically reactive. These unstable molecules proceed to cause damage to cell membranes, often damaging the DNA of the cell and causing inflammation. Free radicals are caused by many elements in our environment and lifestyle which for most people is slowly deteriorating through a lack of exercise, poor diet and a toxic environment. External toxins such as air pollution, pesticides in our food, cigarettes, alcohol and many more, are all resulting in the increase of free radicals in our bodies. Normally our bodies should be able to neutralise free radicals, however with an imbalance of free radicals to antioxidants we are experiencing increased amounts of oxidative stress and inflammation.
Antioxidants are what our bodies use to counter free radicals. Obtained from our diet and produced in our body, antioxidants work to mop up free radicals by offering up an electron to stabilise the unstable molecule. Unfortunately, we do not produce enough antioxidants to protect ourselves from typical levels of free radicals which is why a diet high in colourful fruits and vegetables are extremely beneficial. There is, however, a downside to some antioxidants in high concentrations such as vitamin C and E, which after offering electrons to free radicals then become pro-oxidants themselves. Pro-oxidants induce oxidative stress and are just as harmful as free radicals. Studies have shown Astaxanthin will never become a pro-oxidant after offering elections and as an antioxidant helps neutralise multiple free radicals simultaneously, earning its name as nature’s most powerful antioxidant.
Inflammation is an imperative biological process that enables us to survive the way we do, typically presenting itself as redness, pain, swelling or warm skin. It is our body’s answer to repairing damaged tissue and fighting infection by signaling areas of concern, however, chronic inflammation can be extremely harmful.
Sunburn is an example of visual inflammation with the skin turning red, becoming sensitive and warm due to the UV damage from the sun. More often than not, when there is inflammation, there is oxidative stress that can often go unnoticed for years if it doesn’t cause any obvious pain. Most processed foods, smoking, alcohol, stress, fast food and infections are key triggers of inflammation that identify as toxic and harmful to our bodies resulting in an immune response. Being exposed to any key triggers for years with low levels of unnoticeable inflammation eventually adds up, as the damage that has been done finally arises in the form of a disease.
To combat the results of inflammation anti-inflammatory drugs are one option, but often come with long lists of potential harmful side effects. Astaxanthin and other natural anti-inflammatories can be a better alternative as they help increase your bodies level of antioxidants, or free radical fighting army, to take control of any key inflammatory triggers before they grow into a serious problem.
Astaxanthin can affect a large range of inflammation mediators but in a less concentrated manner, resulting in an overall protection throughout the body, without the negative side effects.
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Not all Astaxanthin has equal health benefits. The natural Astaxanthin we sell is extracted from algae in a clean, controlled environment, resulting in a high potency product. Synthetic Astaxanthin is primarly used as a food additive for farmed salmon to artificially turn them their natural pink colour. This synthetic version of astaxanthin is derived from petrochemicals, is highly toxic and should be avoided.
As a natural product from algae, Astaxanthin has no known harmful side effects. In extremely high doses one may experience a slight orange tinge in the skin, similar to the effect of eating a large amount of carrots in a short period of time. Astaxanthin may cause ones feces to turn a reddish hue with high dosages around 50mg per day.
The amount of Astaxanthin you should be taking will vary depending on your current health and what results you are looking to get out of it. Take at least 4mg a day for general health and antioxidant boost and look to increase your dosage towards 12mg each day to notice significant benefits. Make sure you take your Astaxanthin with food, ideally along side some healthy fats to assit with absorption.c and should be avoided.
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