Bioastin is a very popular brand name astaxanthin product made by Nutrex Hawaii. Nutrex Hawaii makes premium quality supplements. The only supplements they sell are their spirulina and their Bioastin. All of their products are produced from micro-algae. This micro-algae comes from unpolluted waters.
Nutrex dietary supplements are produced in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii by Cyanotech Corporation, a world leader in high-value nutrition and health products derived from blue green micro-algae. Nutrex Hawaii was the first source of astaxanthin for human nutrition that was reviewed by the FDA. I highly recommended Bioastin by Nutrex Hawaii if you decide to buy astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin has been the subject a lot of buzz recently by doctors on TV, the internet and everywhere else. This is because it has proven to be one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world. Astaxanthin is actually a carotenoid. Carotenoids are organic pigments that occur in the chloroplasts of certain plants, fruits, vegetables, and seafood such as trout, lobster, salmon, and shrimp. Carotenoids give all of these things their bright color. People who consume high amounts of carotenoids get sick less often and have a lower incidence of illness. Humans are not capable of synthesizing carotenoids and must obtain them from their diet.
Astaxanthin falls into a class of carotentiods called xanthophylls. This group of carotentiods contains oxygen atoms. Astaxanthin is a nutrient that is less common in dietary sources than other carotentiods. It may be a nutrient with benefits worth supplementing for this reason.
I usually recommend getting as much of your nutrients from whole food sources as you can, but unless you eat a lot of salmon or take krill oil, you’re probably not getting enough. Taking krill oil can be a good way to get your astaxanthin as you simulaneously take-in the many other benefits of krill oil.
It is not yet known whether astaxanthin is useful in treating any illnesses or diseases or if it’s good for improving any health conditions, however we do know that it is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells from damage and improve the function of the immune system by fighting off free radicals that cause disease, cancer, and other ailments. It would seem that by the power of simple deduction that astaxanthin is capable of preventing against disease and contributing to other health benefits.
Some of the claims about astaxanthin include:
Boosting immune function
Relieving acid indigestion
Reducing risk of cancer
Protecting the brain from Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia
Protection from sun damage
The most prevalent claim about this nutrient is that it improves eye health and protects from eye disease
Its antioxidant powers are claimed to be:
6,000 times stronger than Vitamin C
800 times stronger than CoQ10
550 times stronger than vitamin E
10 times stronger than beta carotene
Astaxanthin is a very safe supplement with no known side effects or drug interactions. Most supplements contain 2-10 mg per serving.