Astaxanthin is not nootropic in a strict sense, however its a must have supplement for anyone looking to perform at a high level.
Astaxanthin is now believed to be the most beneficial antioxidant nature has to offer. Astaxanthin’s benefits are numerous, from UV-radiation protection, to eye and heart health, to improved athletic performance. In terms of antioxidant power or potency, astaxanthin is 550 times stronger than vitamin E, and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C!
Why Astaxanthin is so Unique?
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, related to beta-carotene, lutein, and canthaxanthin, but it has a unique structure, and works in some very unique ways. For example, most other antioxidants are depleted after they’ve transferred their free electrons. But astaxanthin has a massive surplus, allowing it to remain “active” far longer — at least one order of magnitude more than most other antioxidants. It donates electrons to neutralize free radicals, and then rejects the excess energy primarily as heat. But the astaxanthin remains intact — there are no chemical reactions to break it down, which is what occurs in most other antioxidants.
Astaxanthin also acts on at least five different inflammation pathways, and maintains balance within the system. Another major difference is in the number of free radicals it can handle at any given time. Most antioxidants, such as vitamin C, E and various others, can typically only handle one free radical at a time. But astaxanthin can handle multiple free radicals simultaneously – in some cases more than 19 at the same time. It does this by forming an electron cloud around the molecule. This is known as the electron dislocation resonance. When free radicals try to steal electrons from the astaxanthin molecule, they’re simply absorbed into and neutralized by this electron cloud, all at once.
Benefits of Astaxanthin
- Powerful antioxidant
- Protects eye health
- Protects brain from age related degenerative conditions
- Joint protection
- Healthy skin, acts as natural sunscreen
There is also additional benefits for men. Astaxanthin prevents testosterone from being converted into a dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This results in naturally increased Testosteron levels (up to 30%) with all the benefits that it carries plus DHT is a leading cause for premature balding in men, so you’ll save your hair in the process also.
Keep in mind that astaxanthin will not work miracles overnight. It typically takes two weeks to one month to see the benefits. Recommended dose for those seeking to improve their health, athletic and mental performance is to take around 15 mg daily.
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