We hear a lot about opioid drugs these days. It’s nearly impossible to watch the news without hearing a story about them. And of course, all of this recent attention isn’t attributed to the efficacy of these drugs, but because of their high potential for addiction and fatal overdose risk.
Fortunately, if you suffer from constant aches and pains, there’s a safe, effective, and non-addictive solution immediately available to you. It’s a natural supplement called astaxanthin. (And if you ask me, that’s what should really be getting all this mainstream attention…)
The impressive science behind this powerful nutrient is impressive. So much in fact, that astaxanthin can even protect you against the harm other prescription pain-killers can inflict. Let me explain…
An antioxidant like no other
If you enjoy eating a nice piece of salmon or a shrimp salad, good on you! You’re already getting a dose of astaxanthin — the all-natural carotenoid pigment that gives some seafood its distinct pink coloring.
Just like other carotenoids (the naturally occurring pigments that give plants and animals their yellow, orange, and red color), astaxanthin is an antioxidant. But that’s putting it mildly, because astaxanthin is to antioxidants what Superman is to mere men.
A few years ago, Japanese researchers evaluated the antioxidant power of several of the most well-known and potent antioxidants.
The results? No contest.
Researchers found that astaxanthin was…
- 550 times stronger than EGCG, the green tea catechin
- 800 times stronger than CoQ10
- 3,000 times stronger than resveratrol in red wine
- 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C
That last one bears repeating: 6,000 times more antioxidant power than vitamin C!
The researchers were impressed enough to note that astaxanthin “obviously plays an important role in promoting quality of life to prevent diseases and maintain a healthy life.”
That’s a full plate of benefits, but there’s much more. As Dr. Fred Pescatore points out in his Pain-Free Life Protocol, “Astaxanthin is such a powerful antioxidant, it also has significant anti-inflammatory properties, which make it perfect for combatting pain.”
Protection inside and out
To illustrate astaxanthin’s painkilling power, Dr. Pescatore highlights an impressive investigation. He says, “A study published back in 2003 showed that astaxanthin is extremely effective in suppressing the inflammatory agents that drive osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other forms of acute pain.
“And it helps squelch inflammation — and does so without the dangerous side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).”
He notes that astaxanthin can also reduce UV damage caused by excess sunlight exposure. In fact, it can actually prevent sunburn by functioning as a sort of “internal sunscreen” — without all the chemicals in most sunscreen products. And because it works from the inside, it doesn’t block the UV rays your body needs to produce vitamin D.
And as if all that weren’t enough, Dr. Pescatore notes three more outstanding astaxanthin benefits…
- It helps maintain safe cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reducing risk of heart attack and stroke.
- It helps prevent age-related macular degeneration, the number one cause of vision loss in people over age 50.
- It boosts energy and endurance.
Tamping down drug side effects
As I mentioned above, evidence shows that astaxanthin may help protect you from two harmful painkillers: Acetaminophen (like Tylenol®) and NSAIDs (like Advil®).
Dr. Pescatore cites a Chinese study where astaxanthin prevented liver damage in mice that were given acetaminophen — the leading cause of acute liver failure in the U.S.
In this study, he says, astaxanthin “stopped the increase of liver enzymes (a sign of liver damage), the production of cell-damaging free radicals, and the death of liver cells. It also helped preserve other liver-protecting antioxidants, like glutathione and superoxide dismutase.”
In another study from Korea, researchers gave astaxanthin and the NSAID naproxen (Aleve®) to rats. The antioxidant provided protection against naproxen-induced stomach ulcers — one of the drug’s worst side effects.
To get more astaxanthin in your diet, choose just about any seafood with red coloring. In addition to shrimp and salmon, you’ll get good amounts from lobster, crab, red trout, and krill.
Of course, unless you’re eating these items every single day, Dr. Pescatore recommends taking an astaxanthin supplement. He says, “It doesn’t take much to feel a difference. Just 4 mg per day is enough to get all of the benefits this remarkable nutrient has to offer.”
You can find specifics about two different brands of astaxanthin that Dr. Pescatore recommends in the Resource Directory of his Pain-Free Life Protocol, as well as a wide range of lifestyle, dietary, supplement, and exercise recommendations to live a happier life and thwart any kind of acute or chronic pain. Click here for a complete overview of this innovative online learning tool, or to enroll today.