Welcome to week four of our seven-week immunity series, where we take an in-depth look at an immune-boosting vitamin or herb. This week we are covering the all-star antioxidant Astaxanthin and its benefits on the immune system.
For week three of our seven-week immunity series, check out our article: Increase immune cell production with Zinc
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What is Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant and free radical fighter that is even more potent than Vitamin C — making it one of the most powerful antioxidants you can find in nature.
Astaxanthin is the red-orange carotenoid pigment responsible for giving certain wild fish and shellfish their strident color. Wild seafood feast on microalgaes packed with this powerful antioxidant.
Food rich in Astaxanthin include:
- Wild shrimp
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Why is Astaxanthin good for boosting immunity?
Astaxanthin is one of nature’s most potent antioxidants. It is also a carotenoid — which is a type of antioxidant important for immune health.
Carotenoids are natural pigments found in nature. They are responsible for some of the bright yellows, oranges, and reds you find in certain fruits and vegetables.
Some carotenoids can be converted into Vitamin A by the body which plays a critical role in both the innate and adaptive immune response.
One study found that of all the carotenoids tested, Astaxanthin displayed the highest levels of antioxidant activity in fighting free radical damage.
Antioxidants like Astaxanthin are essential for sustaining a resilient immune system because they help defend your cells from free radicals — abnormal cells gone rogue which cause damage to other healthy cells.
When too many free radicals accumulate, it is referred to as oxidative stress. When the state of oxidative stress becomes chronic, it can be a breeding ground for all kinds of diseases.
Antioxidants work to alleviate oxidative stress and inflammation in the body — safeguarding your cells, molecules, and DNA from free radical damage.
Although research into the immune-boosting effects of Astaxanthin is still ongoing, the early signs are promising.
A 2018 clinical trial showed that, after supplementation of 2mg of Astaxanthin for 8 weeks, immune cell response was enhanced.
Further studies conducted on animals showed that Astaxanthin supplementation increased the production of antibodies which are key in fighting off pathogens.
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Where can I buy the best Astaxanthin supplement?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t monitor the quality or purity of herbal supplements such as Astaxanthin. Many providers add synthetic fillers or harmful additives to their vitamins. Finding a high-quality supplement from a trusted provider is key.
At hundred, we keep it transparent by performing quality control checks throughout the supply chain, and we screen all our herbal supplements such as Maca and Schisandra for toxins and heavy metals to ensure purity and safety.
The bottom line
Looking for a powerful natural antioxidant to support your immune system during these tough times? Our Astaxanthin is 100% naturally harvested from non-GMO red microalgae.
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