You probably know about most of the “big-name” antioxidants: Coenzyme Q10, vitamin C, green tea, resveratrol—just to name a few. But there’s another antioxidant that beats out all the others: Astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin is the carotenoid pigment responsible for giving salmon and shrimp their pinkish hue. And there’s been a tremendous amount of research on it in recent years.
For instance, as Dr. Fred Pescatore explains in his Essential Pain Protocol, a team of Japanese researchers tested astaxanthin head-to-head against some of the most common—and most powerful—antioxidants. And as it turned out, astaxanthin trumped them all. The researchers determined that astaxanthin is:
- 550 times stronger than green tea
- 800 times stronger than CoQ10
- 3,000 times stronger than resveratrol
- 6,000 times greater than vitamin C
And because astaxanthin is such a powerful antioxidant, it also has significant anti-inflammatory properties, which make it perfect for combatting pain. In fact, research shows, that it could be just as effective as drugs…
A pain-relieving superstar
Dr. Pescatore shares a study published in 2003 that showed astaxanthin is extremely effective at suppressing the inflammatory agents that drive osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other forms of acute pain. And it helps squelch inflammation—without the dangerous side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
But even more impressive is the evidence showing astaxanthin may protect your digestive system from one of the most harmful side effects of NSAID drugs.
Dr. Pescatore shares a study where Korean researchers gave rats a combination of the NSAID naproxen and astaxanthin. The antioxidant provided protection against naproxen-induced stomach ulcers, the researchers reported in the European Journal of Pharmacology.
This protective effect was confirmed in another trial. When the researchers gave astaxanthin to animals that already had stomach ulcers, the ulcers nearly disappeared.
So, how do you get more astaxanthin in your diet?
Dr. Pescatore says “You can get astaxanthin from salmon and shrimp. But unless you’re eating seafood every day, you should also consider taking an astaxanthin supplement. They’re widely available in retail and online stores that sell natural foods and supplements.”
And 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 learn more about astaxanthin and other natural approaches for subduing pain in Dr. Pescatore’s Essential Pain Protocol.
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