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Astaxanthin: The Most Powerful Nutrient Ever Discovered for Eye Health

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  • Scientists have discovered astaxanthin, a particular carotenoid, worthy of being called a “super nutrient.” Its free radical scavenging activity is more potent than the antioxidant activities of similar carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene, and lutein.
  • Astaxanthin has a long list of health benefits, including protecting you from eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). It was discovered that astaxanthin easily crosses into the tissues of the eye and exerts its effects safely and with more potency than any of the other carotenoids, without adverse reactions.
  • There is also evidence linking astaxanthin to cancer prevention, improved muscle endurance and fat metabolism, and sunburn and radiation protection.
  • The recommended dosage of astaxanthin is 2 to 4mg. You may obtain the antioxidant from krill oil, an omega-3 supplement. However, check krill oil labels first, as each has different concentrations of astaxanthin.

By Dr. Mercola

Scientists long ago discovered that a class of naturally-occurring pigments called carotenoids held powerful antioxidant properties that are crucial for your health. But only recently has one particular carotenoid jumped to the forefront in terms of its status as a "super nutrient," becoming the focus of a large and growing number of peer-reviewed scientific publications.


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