Astaxanthin for Exercise Performance and Recovery
Astaxanthin is becoming well known for its many health benefits. A naturally occurring substance known as a carotenoid Astaxanthin is one of the best anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories known to man. Found primarily in marine life, specifically those with pink flesh such as salmon, lobsters and flamingos.
Many professional athletes use Astaxanthin for a whole host of reasons. There are many well-known and proven benefits of Astaxanthin including an increase in stamina, improved performance and faster recovery times. Behind these attributes of this super nutrient is the remarkable ability of the substance to reduce oxidative stress. Inflammation, injury, lactic acid build up and the reasons we ache after exercise, are caused by the free radicals generated by the body. This post exercise inflammation actually acts as an important signal for your body to recover and grow. However if not neutralised a build up of free radicals can attack the muscles, ligaments and joints to cause inflammation aches and pains. Astaxanthin can help make exercise or sport less taxing on the body by improving the recovery.
Athletes from all disciplines of sport have had remarkable results when taking Astaxanthin and have seen benefits in just a few days. The results allow them to perform better for longer and attain their goals with ease. Astaxanthin helps athletes achieve their goals through:
- Improved recovery times to allow for extended or harder training
- Boosting endurance and physical strength
- Relief of soreness, swelling and stiff joints through powerful anti-inflammatory properties
- Free radicals being neutralised by the most powerful of all antioxidants
The Free Radicals Challenge
Exercise is extremely important for optimal health but through extensive exercise we can overproduce free radicals. For the majority of people this shouldn’t be a problem, rather only for those engaging in endurance and strenuous exercise. Large numbers of these free radicals are produced when exercising for prolonged periods of time as the body is under stress. While the body can handle small doses the amount produced during exercise can be too much. The higher quantities of free radicals are what cause fatigue, inflamed muscles and joints and potential injuries.
The free radicals occur as a by-product of our body burning fats and sugars to produce energy. The heavier or longer an exercise routine or sport is the more energy you burn and thus the more free radicals you produce. It doesn’t take long for the body to struggle with the free radical levels and before long they cannot be neutralised and thus pain and fatigue begin to set in fast.
When exercising hard and frequently, Astaxanthin is the perfect companion to exercise. The nutrient clings to the working muscle cells to protect the elements that are responsible for generating the energy the body demands. As the energy is used up and the free radicals are produced the Astaxanthin in the body is ready and waiting to address the issue and fight the free radicals. This process reduces fatigue fast and prevents inflammation and reduces the risk of injury.
The reason why athletes take Astaxanthin is because of the powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that have proven to show athletes can and will perform better. There are growing numbers of studies that prove the benefits of Astaxanthin for athletes and because it is natural many are now using it.
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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.
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