The Science Behind Astaxanthin

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Transcript: "The Science Behind Supplements: Astaxanthin"

Good day, I'm Dr. Mark Miller from Healthy Directions. Welcome to, "The Science Behind Supplements."

Before we talk about supplements, I'd like to talk about one of my favorite fish, salmon. Have you ever wondered why salmon is pink? They're pink for the same reason that flamingos are pink, and shrimp are pink, and some crabs. They're all pink, why is that?

Why are all these things pink? It's because of this fantastic antioxidant, Astaxanthin. Where do they get the Astaxanthin? They get it from an algae called, Haematococcus pluvialis. We'll be calling it algae.

Why am I excited by Astaxanthin? It's because of its chemical structure. You can see that there's two polar ends, these polyphenol rings, and they sit in the protein layer of membranes. In between is the aliphatic chain that's very lipid soluble.

Another way of explaining it is, think of an Oreo cookie. There's polar ends, they're in the chocolate cookie part. The aliphatic chain, it's in the white cream filling, and it sits there perfectly.

Astaxanthin is a fantastic free radical scavenger, and particularly, in that lipid matrix. That's the creamy part of the Oreo cookie. Anything that comes along, it soaks it right up; doesn't let it go past. What do you do? You take Astaxanthin every day. It's great for your liver, it's great for skin, it's great for brain, it's great for vision.

Another way of explaining it is, think of an Oreo cookie. There's polar ends, they're in the chocolate cookie part. The aliphatic chain, it's in the white cream filling, and it sits there perfectly.

Let's talk about vision. The eye is a very interesting organ. It's the only organ that's constantly exposed to radiation in the form of light. When that light comes through, it produces free radicals in the back of the eyeball.

Those free radicals can damage the cells that transmit the signal to the brain; compromise your vision. Blue light comes from computers, it comes from TV's and your smart phones.

So while you're watching me right now, I'm damaging your eyeballs ... Hm. The problem is your smart phone. The solution is your Astaxanthin.

Here's the take home message: Astaxanthin is such an important antioxidant, particularly for your lipids, that you need to take it every day. Get it from your diet, but also take it as a supplement.

I'm Dr. Mark Miller, from Healthy Directions. Cheers!

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