Have you ever wondered what exactly it is that give salmon the ability to make such a Herculean swim against the river’s current? Without the pinkish-red carotenoid astaxanthin, said feat would not be possible. Astaxanthin (ass-tuh-ZAN-thin) is highly concentrated in salmon’s muscle tissue, giving them their famous blush appearance. Regarded as ‘nature’s most powerful antioxidant’, astaxanthin holds a special place in my heart, shared with things like shilajit and aloe vera.
The potential synergy between astaxanthin and Pürblack shilajit Live Resin is several orders of magnitude above many other combinations. Not just found in salmon, one can find astaxanthin in various other living beings, including phaffia yeast, arctic shrimp, krill, and most notably the microalgae Haematococcus Pluvialis. The algae secrete this red goo when exposed to dangerous levels of sunlight, or starved of nutrients. It can remain unchanged in its bubble of astaxanthin for up to 40 years!
First isolated from lobster in 1938 by German chemist Richard Kuhn, astaxanthin was one of the first carotenoids to be examined by the broader scientific community. To date, over 1,000 peer-reviewed papers exploring astaxanthin have been published in scientific journals.
Cyanotech is the current leader in manufacturing natural astaxanthin, and their farm is off the coast of Kaui where the unique tropical climate allows for the proper growth of this very particular algae. They fill massive pools with Haematococcus Pluvialis, and during stage 1 of the growing cycle, the algae are fed a nutrient-rich diet. In stage 2, the algae are starved & stressed, generating a massive amount of astaxanthin for harvesting. Astaxanthin was initially used mainly for aquaculture, to feed the fish & give them an esthetically pleasing pinkish tint.
When consumed by humans, the health benefits of astaxanthin are vast and include:
- Powerful antioxidant activity (6,000x as potent as Vitamin C)
- Lipid soluble, allowing it to enter parts of the cell that are inaccessible to other antioxidants
- Potent UVB absorber (acts as an internal sunblock)
- Protects eyesight
- Improves endurance & recovery times
- Reduces inflammation from all sources, including arthritis & asthma
- Protects against many forms of cancer by stimulating apoptosis & inhibiting lipid peroxidation
- Reduces C-Reactive Protein (CRP) thus improving cholesterol & cardiovascular health
- Decreased atheroma formation
- Reduced histological liver damage
- Less blood-clotting, with no increase in bleeding
- Supports immune function
- Helps to stabilize blood sugar
- Protects from EMF radiation
- Enhances ability to metabolize fat
One of the main reasons I consume astaxanthin is for sunburn prevention. The sun in Southern California can get quite intense and is shining nearly every day year-round. After I began supplementing with astaxanthin for 2-3 weeks, I could remain in the sun 4-5x longer without batting an eye. The great thing is that astaxanthin does not interfere with Vitamin D production as does toxic sunblock. Although astaxanthin is a carotenoid, it has a unique structure, giving it some highly specialized properties. Astaxanthin has biphasic antioxidant capabilities, due to it being both hydrophobic and hydrophilic. This quality allows it to stretch across the entire plasma, mitochondria, and nucleus membranes, offering superior antioxidant protection.
Astaxanthin can handle up to 19 free-radicals at a time while most other antioxidants stop at one. It achieves this via a process known as electron dislocation resonance. The astaxanthin forms a cloud of electrons around the free-radical, and when other pro-oxidants try to steal electrons, they are directly absorbed by this electron cloud and neutralized.
Astaxanthin is incredibly safe, as it lacks the ability to turn into a pro-oxidant. One must consume it with fatty foods, in order to have proper assimilation by the body. Astaxanthin and Pürblack shilajit Live Resin is surely as close as we have come so far to a true Fountain of Youth. Both substances serve to protect the body from aging and maintain optimum functionality of all bodily systems; albeit through quite different mechanisms of action. This opposition makes them an especially good combination; just like two human beings that have completely opposite immune systems and procreate, the child borne will be very healthy & resilient. So will your existence be full of vitality, due to the Love made by astaxanthin and Pürblack shilajit? Fine-tune your body, and have the strength of a thousand wild salmon!