Astaxanthin – ASTA ZAN THIN. Never heard of it? It’s the red stuff in seafood – think salmon. As an antioxidant, it’s 6000 times more powerful than vitamin C. Studies have shown it to be effective in relieving the symptoms of eye stress from too much computer use. Good information for those of use spending more time online.
I take Astaxanthin every day and have for years. It is one of the most remarkable natural products and the most powerful antioxidant known. It is produced by algae so it’s OK for vegans. It works its way up the food chain in nature. It’s what makes krill and krill oil red. We can benefit from taking it directly. There is a huge amount of research showing protection against heart disease, cataract formation, dementia, and even sunburn! When I am going to the beach, I load up ahead of time and never get a burn! That’s because it’s such a potent antioxidant. Chemically similar to vitamin A but 50 times more potent at quenching free radicals, it has no known toxicity. Astaxanthin is one of the best ways to protect yourself against the hazards of modern life. Many sources use 2 or 4 mg per dose which I think is too low to be really effective. I use one 12 mg gelcap a day.
From the paper: “Astaxanthin Relieves Computer Eye Strain” Journal of Clinical Therapeutics & Medicines 2006 22(1):41-54. “The supplementation effect of Astaxanthin on Accommodation and Asthenopia. This double blind randomized placebo-controlled study examined the supplementation effects of astaxanthin on subjects suffering from visual display terminal (VDT) induced visual fatigue.”
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