If you’ve been around medicine as long as I have, there’s one simple truth you pick up on over the years: a pill that claims to do everything is usually one that does squat.
At best, it’s a placebo with chalk, sawdust and a fancy name. At worst, it’s a pricey Big Pharma drug that won’t cure you, but could kill you.
But today, I want to let you in on a rare exception to this rule——a pill that really does do everything.
It even has a fancy name, too. It’s called astaxanthin (pronounced as-ta-zan-thin) and it can protect the heart, brain, eyes and skin. It can cure ulcers, reverse aging, fight cancer and prevent diabetes.
And men, this molecule can even put a little more lead in your pencil, if you know what I mean.
Yes… a pill that really does do EVERYTHING!
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid found in algae, and it just may be the world’s most powerful antioxidant. In fact, it has 500 times more antioxidant activity than vitamin E.
It also has the rare ability to cross the blood-brain barrier——making it one of the most promising natural weapons yet in the fight against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative conditions.
One study of 30 subjects given either 6mg or 12mg of astaxanthin a day found it may lower levels of phospholipid hydroperoxides——and accumulation of this junk in red blood cells has been linked to cognitive problems.
Other studies have shown it can reduce oxidative damage in the brain and even enhance memory and learning.
But this stuff doesn’t just go to your head. It can also cross the blood-retinal barrier and protect your eyes, with emerging research showing that it may help fight or prevent age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and other vision problems.
Some studies have shown that it can improve vision and acuity, and reduce eyestrain (especially if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer).
Already that’s big. HUGE.
But I’m just scratching the surface here, because other studies find astaxanthin may:
? Prevent blood clots and inhibit LDL oxidation
? Reduce DNA damage
? Slash levels of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein
? Increase immune system response
? Detoxify the liver
? Reduce damage to muscle, including the heart, caused by rigorous exercise (just one reason I’m against torturing yourself in a gym)
? Lower blood pressure
? Aid digestion
? Ease damage to blood vessels caused by hypertension
? Improve sperm quality
? Lower blood glucose levels
? Promote the death of cancer cells
The only problem with astaxanthin is getting it, because it comes from algae——and I don’t know about you, but I’m not about to start shoveling that slimy stuff down my throat.
Fortunately, there’s a way around it. Don’t eat the algae…
Just eat the creatures that eat the algae.
Since astaxanthin is a potent pink pigment, the critters that eat it start to turn pink themselves. Think salmon, crab, lobster and shrimp——stuff you already love.
Not every night is seafood night, of course, so there’s another way to get astaxanthin: pop a supplement.
They’re moderately priced and widely available, and often a key part of antioxidant and anti-aging blends. Check the label——and, as always, stick to a quality formula from a maker you trust.