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Astaxanthin Found to Improve Cognitive Function in Healthy, Aged Individuals

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  • Researchers found that supplementing with astaxanthin-rich <em>Haematococcus pluvialis</em> (microalgae) extract lead to improvements in cognitive function in older individuals who complained of age-related forgetfulness
  • Scientists now believe astaxanthin could help prevent dementia, including Alzheimer's, help prevent neurodegeneration associated with oxidative stress, as well as make a potent natural "brain food”
  • Astaxanthin exhibits some of the most potent antioxidant activity currently known; it positions itself across the entire cell membrane, attaching itself to both the exterior, interior, as well as the entire lipid layer, thereby offering global protection for each cell
  • Due to the limited food sources of astaxanthin, it can be difficult to get enough from diet alone; recommended dosages are included, and range from 2-12 mg/day, depending on health status and targeted health condition

By Dr. Mercola

If you've ever seen a pink flamingo or dined on wild Alaskan salmon, you've seen astaxanthin, found primarily in a type of marine algae, in action.


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