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Astaxanthin for Brain Health

In recent years the health benefits of Astaxanthin have become worthy of miracles. This formidable algae has proven to be a powerful supplement with countless benefits and is being termed a “super-supplement” by both doctors and those who take it. One area where Astaxanthin has proven itself is in the area of brain health, here is why.

What is Astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin in a natural pink red pigment classified as a carotenoid. It is excreted by certain algae, acting as the algae’s defence mechanism. It is also the same substance that causes the pink colouring often found in salmon, shrimp and other seafood and can be take orally or applied to the skin.

Astaxanthin for brain health

In recent years numerous studies have proven the benefits of Astaxanthin for brain health.  Tests have show patients taking the powerful antioxidant have had improved memory and a greater ability to focus, superb for studying. Furthermore, Astaxanthin has been proven to delay mental decline and it is here that the natural substance has shown its most significant brain health benefits.

Astaxanthin is the more powerful cousin of beta-carotene and reduces the compounds (phospholipid hydroperoxidases) known to accumulate in the red blood cells of those suffering with dementia.  The reaction to Astaxanthin is such that many scientists and observers believe that the miracle supplement could one day prevent dementia and even go as far as reducing the symptoms of or preventing Alzheimer’s.

Brain inflammation

Everyone is looking to improve brain health and “brain food” is becoming popular. Astaxanthin is a natural, fat soluble nutrient and is one of the few that crosses the blood-brain barrier making not only interesting but potentially very powerful.  Where brain inflammation is a problem, as a result of trauma, for example, Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories known because the nutrient can enter the brain and reduce inflammation naturally and quickly.

Stroke recovery

In recent years Astaxanthin supplements have used to help patients recover from strokes. The super-nutrient has been shown to aid in the brain’s healing process and has been proven to reduce brain damage following a stroke.

Miracle Drug

Astaxanthin is termed a miracle drug by many but this is perhaps a little ambitious is reality. The nutrient, like all other nutrients and supplements is far from being a cure for brain disorders of any kind such as Parkinson’s  or Alzheimer’s. It is however a powerful supplement for reducing or alleviating some of the symptoms of slowing down the progressive nature of many brain related disorders.  For this reason, before taking astaxanthin and hoping for a cure it is worthwhile seeking professional medical advice. For those looking to keep their brain healthy, stay alert and focused Astaxanthin can be purchased from most pharmacies and heath stores.

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Ron Goedeke MD, BSc Hons MBChB, FNZCAM

Dr Ron Goedeke, specialises in alternative and functional medicine. He is a foundation member of the New Zealand college of Appearance medicine and has been a member of the American Academy of Anti-aging medicine since 1999. With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.

Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read on this website.

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