Free radicals are unstable atoms that damage cells, contributing to aging and the development of a wide range of diseases. We are subjected to countless free radicals in daily life — some are caused by digestion, exercise and other metabolic activities, whereas others are caused by exposure to UV radiation from the sun, pollution and smoking.
Antioxidants are chemicals that neutralize the effects of free radicals. While our body produces enough antioxidants to protect us against the free radicals caused by metabolic activities, it cannot regulate those caused by toxic environmental factors. In order to ward off oxidative stress and promote overall health and wellness, it is critical that we consume more antioxidants through food sources or nutritional supplementation.
The antioxidant astaxanthin is believed to have numerous health benefits. Astaxanthin is a pigment responsible for giving sea creatures like lobster, shrimp and salmon their red-orangish flesh. It is also thought to have properties that give fish like salmon the endurance they need to swim long distances upstream in heavy currents.
Astaxanthin has broad health implications for humans, as it has the highest source of antioxidant power and the ability to reach every cell in the body.
According to research, astaxanthin is believed to benefit the body in the following ways:
- Fight fatigue
- Boost muscle endurance and recovery
- Relieve pain and inflammation
- Clean up the cells
- Protect the health and appearance of the skin
Astaxanthin’s Effect on Eye Health
Astaxanthin has been shown to support eye health in a few different ways.
For one, clinical trials suggest astaxanthin supplementation can help prevent eye fatigue, eye irritation and blurry vision linked to computer and digital device usage. The antioxidant improves capillary blood flow and reduces inflammation of the ciliary muscle that can occur with prolonged use of computers and digital devices.
Perhaps more importantly, astaxanthin is believed to help prevent the development of sight-stealing diseases like age-related macular degeneration, which has been linked to chronic oxidative stress and inflammation. Getting enough astaxanthin through diet or supplementation can help reduce the likelihood of losing vision to macular degeneration and other diseases.
One of astaxanthin’s most powerful properties is that it provides targeted mitochondrial protection. Since the eye is a very metabolically active organ that uses a lot of energy, mitochondrial function is essential. If mitochondrial dysfunction impairs energy supply, it puts ocular health at risk.
Astaxanthin is unique from other antioxidants in that it localizes specifically in mitochondrial membranes, where free radicals are produced. In other words, it is primed for the exact place where the oxidative stress chain reaction starts, so it can neutralize free radicals more effectively.
By supporting and protecting mitochondrial function, astaxanthin plays an important part in preserving cellular and ocular health, and most importantly, it can help to preserve the mitochondrial function in the optic nerve cells of glaucoma patients.
Astaxanthin in GlaucoCetin
Though you can get astaxanthin by eating seafood like salmon, you would have to eat large portions to get the daily dose recommended by experts. A better way to boost your body’s supply of astaxanthin and get other powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients is by taking a nutritional supplement or a medical food like GlaucoCetin, which contains 4 mg of natural astaxanthin.
GlaucoCetin comes in a powder form that can be easily mixed with your favorite beverage. Your body absorbs the ingredients very quickly and efficiently. The product is cultivated from naturally occurring algae in an indoor facility that is isolated from possible impurities, so you can rest assured you are getting the highest quality product and the maximum health benefit possible.
For more information about GlaucoCetin and how to order it, please contact Guardion Health Sciences today.