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NASA takes astaxanthin into space

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nasa takes astaxanthin into space

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  • NASA believes a source of astaxanthin in space could potentially prevent the negative effects of radiation exposure, damage to the cardiovascular system and eyes, and bone loss known to occur in space
  • Astaxanthin is a red pigment molecule in the carotenoid family produced by marine algae when they are stressed. When eaten by crustaceans and other sea life, it tends to lend a reddish hue to the shells, the flesh of salmon and the color of flamingos
  • Astaxanthin is a strong antioxidant that also reduces inflammation, improves immune response, increases muscle strength and reduces heart damage following a myocardial infarction in animal studies. Astaxanthin is a component that activates a "longevity" gene, potentially increasing your life span
  • Your main source of food-based astaxanthin is wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Aquaculture farmers are adding a pigmenting compound to farmed salmon feed to change the color of the flesh, but the added color does nothing to improve the health of the food

The space program was in the news in mid-2019, not for the extended time astronauts are spending in space, moon landings or space stations, but as a result of a medical error that took the life of Neil Armstrong. Armstrong was one of the Apollo 11 crew that took a four-day journey through space to land on the surface of the moon.

He was the first to step onto lunar soil when he uttered the now famous quote: “That's one small step for a man, and one giant leap for mankind.” At the age of 82, Armstrong underwent heart surgery at Mercy Health Hospital in Cincinnati Ohio.

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