Several years ago, a Nutrition News magazine produced a featured segment on an amazingly powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin (pronounced asta-zan-thin). They described it as "amazing" and by far the strongest antioxidant available - 550 times the antioxidant strength of Vitamin E! Since then, considerable research has been done to support the properties of this remarkable, naturally-occuring carotenoid.
Five Reasons to Consider Astaxanthin
Naturally and sustainably sourced from a micro algae, astaxanthin is quite common in nature, especially in the marine environment. It is what gives species such as salmon, shrimp, krill, lobster and flamingos their unique and rich, pinkish-red hue. These fish and animals obtain astaxanthin in their diet from zooplankton, insects or crustaceans that have accumulated astaxanthin from phytoplankton.
Although natural sources of astaxanthin are numerous, nearly all are found in very low concentrations. There is ONE exception. By far, the green algae Haematococcus pluvialis provides the most concentrated natural source of astaxanthin known, from 10,000-40,000 ppm (mg/kg) astaxanthin in addition to other important carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lutein and canthaxanthin. As a comparison, the flesh of wild Atlantic salmon on average contain 5 ppm of astaxanthin, Coho salmon about 14 ppm astaxanthin and sockeye salmon average 40 ppm (Turujman, 1997). Since the astaxanthin that Radiant Life provides is in 12-mg dosages, each gelcap has the same amount of astaxanthin as over 5 pounds of Atlantic salmon!