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    Default Health Benefits of Astaxanthin

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    You may not know the antioxidant astaxanthin, but you are probably more than familiar with some of its natural sources. Astaxanthin is the dark red organic pigment found in algae and is responsible for the natural red color aquatic animals (and great astaxanthin food sources) such as salmon, shellfish, rainbow trout, and some birds, with wild salmon producing the highest concentration. Most astaxanthin supplements, however, are derived from the freshwater green microalgal strain Haematococcus pluvialis, as it is the richest source for the production of astaxanthin.

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    "...protects against lipid peroxidation." I had to look that up. FYI, "Lipid peroxidation is the oxidative degradation of lipids. It is the process in which free radicals "steal" electrons from the lipids in cell membranes, resulting in cell damage. This process proceeds by a free radical chain reaction mechanism." So this is why astaxanthin is a free radical scavenger.
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    A Mediterranean diet--heavy in fruits, veggies, olive oil, nuts and moderate fish & poultry, with little red meat--has also been credited with protecting against lipid peroxidation. Also, ascorbic acid is one of the best antioxidant supplements to ensure against lipid peroxidation.

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    I used to take astaxanthin, not sure why I stopped. I didn't know it increased strength and endurance - I could do with some of that!

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