One of the most important revelations about chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s is that all of these health challenges and many more stem from a simple source: Inflammation.
And when inflammation becomes chronic, it’s like trying to fight a heavyweight boxer with one hand tied behind your back. It’s definitely going to be difficult, and it’s definitely going to be an uphill battle… unless you have some hefty helpers in your corner.
Fortunately, there are plenty of natural inflammation-fighters that can give this fiery opponent a solid one-two punch to knock it out — for good.
For instance, you can eat more fruits and vegetables rich in inflammation-dousing phytochemicals. You can get more sleep, exercise, and cut sugar from your diet.
Of course, when it comes to supplements, you have many to choose from, but one stands out as the reigning champion for dousing inflammation: Astaxanthin.
Preserving your eyesight as you age
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid — the compounds that give foods, flowers, and even some marine life their bright colors. Plus, astaxanthin is much more powerful than other beneficial carotenoids like beta-carotene and lycopene.
That’s because astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier — the membrane that filters what gets absorbed by the brain — making it ultra-effective in protecting this all-important organ when it becomes threatened by inflammation.
But astaxanthin goes one better because it also crosses the blood-retinal barrier to help save and improve your eyesight. Dangerous eye diseases like diabetic neuropathy, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration are no match for the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection of astaxanthin.
According to research from the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, astaxanthin reduces light-induced damage to the eyes, as well as damage to the neurons in the inner layers of the retina. This nutrient is in a class by itself when it comes vision protection and eye health.
Now imagine that same level of unparalleled protection throughout your entire body. That’s the remarkable far-reaching effect astaxanthin can exert on your health.
Astaxanthin adds years to your life
When it comes to carotenoids, Dr. Marc Micozzi isn’t only a self-proclaimed “scientific veteran” — he’s also a pioneer. He was among the very first researchers to thoroughly study and understand the important roles zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene, and other carotenoids play in nutrition and metabolism.
In his Protocol for Eliminating Deadly Inflammation, he notes a recent study that described astaxanthin as “the most powerful antioxidant in Nature.”
He wholeheartedly agrees with that assessment, adding, “Astaxanthin can neutralize oxidizing, inflammation-causing free radicals with 6,000 times the potency of vitamin C. And it has 550 times the potency of vitamin E. That’s powerful enough to cool just about every type of inflammation and oxidation — likely adding years to your life.”
Dr. Micozzi notes that in more than 1,000 studies, researchers have revealed the power of astaxanthin to relieve many types of inflammation, including:
- Liver inflammation triggered by excessive alcohol use
- Stomach inflammation caused by ulcer-causing H. pylori bacterial infection
- Inflammation following head injuries
- Diabetes-related inflammation
- Airway and lung inflammation in asthma
- Brain inflammation associated with Alzheimer’s disease
Pain, pain, go away
Of course, when the amount of inflammation in your body decreases, so does the intensity and prevalence of your aches and pains.
Dr. Micozzi cites a study where researchers administered 4 mg of astaxanthin daily to patients with rheumatoid arthritis — a disease that causes debilitating inflammatory pain. Participants reported an impressive 60 percent improvement in mobility and an astonishing 85 percent improvement in pain.
Furthermore, most of the participants said the astaxanthin supplementation worked just as well as prescription drugs.
And the benefits don’t stop there. Other studies have shown that astaxanthin also induces cell death in colon cancer cells, reduces inflammation associated with colitis and inflammatory bowel disease, and cuts down the chronic inflammation and oxidative stress associated with heart disease.
To reap the pain relieving, inflammation-dousing benefits of astaxanthin, Dr. Micozzi recommends 4 to 6 mg daily. He also recommends using supplements that combine both astaxanthin and vitamin D—two powerhouse nutrients that will undoubtedly give your health a boost.
For Dr. Micozzi’s personal supplement recommendations, check out the Resource Directory report accompanying his all-new Protocol for Eliminating Deadly Inflammation. Click here to learn more about this remarkable protocol, or to enroll today.
“Astaxanthin: The Most Powerful Nutrient Ever Discovered for Eye Health” Mercola, 11/23/10. (articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/23/astaxanthin-the-eye-antioxidant-550-times-more-powerful-than-vitamin-e.aspx)