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Astaxanthin - 60 Softgels
THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL ANTI-OXIDANT
You can’t see them, hear them, smell them or touch them. But they are there all the same! The “killer substances” from the air. Their name: “Free Radicals”. Despite the name, though, they aren’t some kind of new political group - but simply oxygen molecules. However, as the name suggests, they must be a rather “strange” kind of oxygen molecules.
And that is exactly what they are. Now, as every child knows, oxygen is essential for us humans to survive. So the question is why on earth such a vital substance should be given such an odd name. Well - the reason is that oxygen can change its character, like "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" in the story of the same name. On the one hand, oxygen cares for us lovingly and brings us life - but on the other, it can become very unpleasant and unfriendly towards us and negatively affect our health and wellbeing in a number of ways. The reason is that not all oxygen molecules are the same.
Most of the oxygen we breathe in is stable and essential for maintaining life. But there are also what are known as unstable molecules, and these include the free radicals. And free radicals can soon turn into killer substances. This is because radical and non-radical oxygen molecules differ in their molecular structure - and this, in turn, affects how they behave in our bodies. Radical oxygen molecules can, to put it mildly, have a very negative impact on the human organism.
In order to understand why that is the case, we need to take a brief excursion into the world of chemistry and atomic physics. But don’t worry - it won’t get too complicated. As we know, all the matter in our world is made up of smaller elements - the molecules. And the molecules, in turn, are made up of even smaller sub-elements - the atoms.
Research in the field of nuclear physics has shown that atoms, too, consist of even smaller particles – the electrons, protons and neutrons. The protons and neutrons are located in the nucleus of the atom. The electrons, on the other hand, are to be found in the shell of the atom, orbiting round the nucleus. We can picture this rather like our solar system. Just as planets go round the sun, so, too, the electrons circle the atomic nucleus in defined orbits.
In the case of a stable oxygen molecule - i.e. the kind we need for survival - there are always one or more paired electrons, circling round the nucleus in the outer orbit. That is important, because the stability of an oxygen molecule is only ensured if the electrons are present as a pair - i.e. as a “twosome” - and are therefore in equilibrium in their orbit.
However, it frequently happens that one of the electrons gets lost. The reasons for this can be factors such as air pollution, the UV radiation in sunlight, pesticides and other harmful substances, etc. So if, as a result, an oxygen molecule is lacking an electron, an imbalance occurs, and in this case we speak of an unstable oxygen molecule, or a “free radical”. These are, therefore, unstable oxygen molecules with one or more unpaired electrons in their outer orbit.
This means that - in comparison to the stable oxygen molecules - they are unstable and unpredictable in both their movements and their behaviour. Indeed, they become positively aggressive - for free radicals want one thing and one thing only: to replace their lost electron as soon as possible. To do this, they attack other molecules in the body, latching onto them (like tiny magnets, as it were) and robbing them of an electron. A free radical can, for example, attack an intact cell wall, leaving it badly damaged by the radical oxygen molecule. For under the influence of the "appendage", the molecule now oxidises our intact cell wall.
This can be compared with the rusting of iron through being attacked by oxygen. Rust is nothing other than a compound of iron and oxygen. Every chemical compound of oxygen with any other substance is known as oxidation.
So free radicals react chemically with important parts of the body and cause them to oxidise - or, in a certain sense, to “rust”. Visible manifestations of oxidative cell changes in our bodies can be, for example, age-related pigmentation marks (liver spots) or wrinkles.
As a free radical immediately captures an electron from its surroundings, it damages the molecule from which it steals the electron. The molecules that have been attacked now have a free electron themselves and so grab an electron from another substance located nearby, and so on. This can be the start of an unwelcome chain reaction.
However, it is not our intention to conjure up some kind of horror scenario here - because Mother Nature naturally also offers help. There are, namely, certain natural substances that do not like free radicals at all. These substances are also known as “antioxidants”. You can check out the force of these antioxidants for yourself by doing a simple experiment. Cut in apple into two halves. Apply lemon juice to the cut surface of one of the halves. And now wait for just a short while.
You will find that the following happens: The untreated apple half will quickly turn brown. The reason for this is the oxygen attack - i.e. the attack by free radicals. The apple half treated with lemon juice will not go brown anywhere near as quickly as the untreated half. This is thanks to the power of the antioxidants. The reason is that, among other things, lemon juice contains vitamin C, and vitamin C is one such antioxidant and is therefore able to protect the apple half from free radical attacks. As a result, the apple stays fresh for longer and does not go brown as quickly as the other apple half.
The mode of function of the antioxidants is ultimately very simple. They voluntarily offer electrons to the plundering free radicals and in this way protect the cell tissue. This is why, for example, the treated apple half remains fresh and unharmed. Along with their willingness to sacrifice an electron, the antioxidants, which are also known as “radical catchers”, also possess the unique ability to make up their electron loss without harming neighbouring cells. As a result, they stop the fateful chain reaction triggered by the free radicals and create equilibrium once more.
As there is no life without free radicals, we strongly advise you to consume antioxidants yourself. Well-known antioxidants include, for example, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and zinc. These antioxidant substances have the ability to counteract oxidation. Like police officers on the beat, they patrol our bodies and “arrest” or neutralise the free radicals.
However, the real hard hitter among the antioxidants, is astaxanthin. This carotenoid, obtained from a green algae by the name of Haematococus pluvialis, counts as the world’s most powerful natural antioxidant of all. As a radical catcher, it is 6000 times more effective than vitamin C, 800 times more effective than co-enzyme Q10, and 550 times more effective than vitamin E. And compared to other antioxidants, astaxanthin has another crucial advantage: It is active in both water-soluble and fat-soluble environments and so is able to protect the whole cell from external influences. Its molecular structure is perfectly designed to strengthen the cell surface and so protect it from oxidative damage.
A further remarkable feature of astaxanthin is its ability to cross the so-called blood-brain barrier. In other words, the molecules are so small that they are able to penetrate this barrier and so also perform their antioxidant function in the brain and nerves!
The ability to cross the blood-brain barrier is a matter of extreme interest as some researchers believe that diseases of the central nervous system may be caused by oxidation, free radicals or a shortage of antioxidants. Moreover, astaxanthin is also able to penetrate the so-called “retinal areas” and is therefore able to protect the eyes e.g. from degenerative conditions or inflammation.
The ability to obtain the carotenoid astaxanthin from the Haematococcus algae is also counted as one of the greatest successes in the field of dermatological research. The reason for this is that scientific studies have shown pure, naturally extracted astaxanthin to have the ability, among other things, to slow down the oxidation-related aging of the skin caused by free radicals, to promote the regeneration processes in the collagen tissue, and to provide protection against UV damage, skin irritation and sunburn.
So this powerful antioxidant not only protects the skin, which ages, among other reasons, because it offers the first and direct target of attack for the free radicals – but also, since astaxanthin acts as a water- and fat-soluble antioxidant, it protects all 100 trillion cells of which our bodies are made up.
But caution: Among the various astaxanthin products that are available for sale on the market, there is often misleading information given about the quantity of astaxanthin actually provided in each individual capsule. And this point is naturally of extreme importance because it makes no sense to consume only “traces” of astaxanthin. Experts recommend an intake of 6 mg of astaxanthin per day in order to really build up protection against radicals. And this is precisely the quantity of pure astaxanthin that goes into every one of our capsules.
You will also find products on the market that allegedly contain higher doses, e.g. 8 mg or even 12 mg. But beware. Always read the label carefully. We have already done this once on your behalf – and lo and behold, the very first product we looked at already contained some misleading information. The headline figure showed the product as containing an alleged quantity of 12 mg of astaxanthin. However, a closer look at the label then revealed that one capsule contained not 12 mg of pure astaxanthin but 12 mg of astaxanthin oil, which in turn has an astaxanthin content of only 5%. Or in other words: 12 mg x 5% = 0.6 mg. So a capsule from this supplier contains a mere 0.6 mg of pure astaxanthin – but is declared on the label on the front as having 12 mg. That is not exactly fair trading!
With us, you can be 100% certain. Each capsule of Natura Vitalis Astaxanthin contains a genuine 6 mg of astaxanthin and is therefore correspondingly highly dosed. But check it out for yourself:
1 capsule contains: Vitamin E – 5 mg α-TE = 41*, natural astaxanthin – 6 mg.
* = % of the reference quantity (NRV) pursuant to the Food Information Regulation.
Recommended daily use: Take 1 capsule per day with a sufficient quantity of water.
Information for diabetics: 1 softgel contains 0,1 bread unit.
Please note: Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a well-balanced and varied diet as well as a healthy life-style.