When browsing the produce section at the grocery store or farmer’s market, most people tend to be drawn to the vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables.
And for good reason. Those beautiful, rich colors are from naturally occurring plant pigments — and the more you eat, the longer you’ll live.
But it’s not just fruits and vegetables that contain life-extending pigments. In fact, one of the most impressive, science-backed, naturally occurring pigments — astaxanthin — can also be found in certain seafood.
And new evidence shows that this superior pigment goes to work in your body — right down to the cellular level — to protect you from the worst effects of aging.
Hundreds of studies have shown how astaxanthin may help relieve pain and promote healing in patients with arthritis, heart disease, metabolic disorders, and many other conditions related to chronic inflammation.
Unparalleled antioxidant power
Furthermore, astaxanthin’s power far exceeds two of natural medicine’s antioxidant darlings, vitamin C and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Specifically, astaxanthin’s antioxidant power has been found to be 800 times greater than CoQ10 and a whopping 6,000 times more powerful than vitamin C!
In his Insider’s Ulitmate Guide to Outsmarting Old Age, Dr. Micozzi points out several ways that astaxanthin’s antioxidant power offers protection against aging at the cellular level:
- It guards both the water- and lipid-soluble parts of a cell.
- Unlike most other nutrients, astaxanthin is able to cross the blood-brain barrier to protect neurons from oxidative damage.
- It helps keep muscles strong by bonding with muscle tissue.
- It prevents DNA damage.
- It shields mitochondria — the “energy factories” that power each cell.
“All these factors,” Dr. Micozzi says, “make astaxanthin a critical nutrient for anyone looking to combat the harmful effects of aging.”
Getting enough plant pigments extends beyond your dinner plate
Including more astaxanthin in your diet is easy. But Dr. Micozzi notes that it’s hard to reach therapeutic doses with diet alone. Most astaxanthin research has used doses ranging from 4 to 16 mg per day.
But you’d have to eat as much as 16 ounces of salmon every day to get the minimum daily dose of astaxanthin. And for most people, that’s a tall order!
So Dr. Micozzi recommends taking astaxanthin in supplement form, starting on the low end of that spectrum with 4 mg daily, while also including natural food sources of astaxanthin, such as salmon, shrimp, and sweet potatoes.
You can find Dr. Micozzi’s specific recommendation for a first-rate astaxanthin supplement in the Resource Directory of his Insider’s Ultimate Guide to Outsmarting “Old Age,” along with a warning about less effective types of this supplement that should be avoided.
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