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AOR, Astaxanthin Ultra, 60 vcaps - Astaxanthin is a unique carotenoid that offers exceptional protection to the cell membrane from lipid peroxidation. It is 550 times more potent than Vitamin E in this role, and 40 times more potent than beta-carotene in quenching singlet oxygen free radic
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Last updated on 12/5/2016

Astaxanthin Ultra

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  • A unique and powerful antioxidant
  • Improves eye function
  • Supports healthy blood sugars and blood pressure
  • May improve physical endurance
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Astaxanthin is a unique carotenoid that offers exceptional protection to the cell membrane from lipid peroxidation and helps maintain ocular health.

Astaxanthin Ultra is now in a vegetarian capsule for improved capsule integrity and quality control.

NPN Product Code Size Per Capsule Vegetarian
80027295 AOR04322 60 Vegi-Caps 4 mg 100% Vegetarian
Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Vegi-Cap
Amount Per Serving

Haematococcus pluvialis extract (4 mg Astaxanthin) 40 mg

Non-medicinal ingredients: mixed tocopherols (may contain soy), modified food starch, medium chain triglycerides, gum Arabic, tapioca dextrin, maltodextrin, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, polyglycerol esters of fatty acids. Capsule: hypromellose, titanium dioxide.
• STORE TIGHTLY CLOSED IN A COOL, DRY PLACE •

AOR Guarantees: that no ingredients not listed on the label have been added to the product. Contains no wheat, gluten, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, sulphites, mustard, dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish or any animal byproduct.

Adult Dosage: Take 1-2 capsules daily with food, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner.

Cautions: Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond 3 months.

Pregnancy/Nursing: Consult a health care practitioner prior to use.

Source:
Algae

Main Indications:

  • Cardiovascular health
  • Antioxidant
  • Eye function
  • Sports nutrition

Research

Background Information

What is Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is a member of the xanthophyll subcategory of carotenoids – organic pigments that occur mainly in plants. Astaxanthin is found in abundance in marine environments, particularly among algae, and the pink and red colour of salmon, shrimp and lobster is attributable to the astaxanthin-rich diets of these animals.

Health Benefits
Astaxanthin is famous as a powerful antioxidant, and rightly so. However, studies have also shown that it can reduce eye fatigue related to high screen time, preserve eye structure and function, improve sports performance, and contribute to heart health in various ways including maintaining healthy blood sugar and blood pressure. Astaxanthin can also be used orally and topically for skin health. The newest realm of research on astaxanthin involves dementia, and several human studies have already found that astaxanthin reduces certain markers of dementia.

A Unique and Powerful Antioxidant
Astaxanthin exerts all of the aforementioned benefits through the fundamental premise of protecting the cell membrane from lipid peroxidation, and in this role it is 550 times more effective than Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol). It is also 40 times more potent than beta-carotene in quenching singlet oxygen free radicals, and has been shown to have synergistic effects with lycopene, lipoic acid, resveratrol, ascorbic acid, ginseng, garlic, gingko biloba and tocotrienols, among others. Astaxanthin is clearly an antioxidant whose time has come.

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Antioxidant research is one of the pillars in the study of life extension and general health. However, antioxidants have been defined rather ambiguously, and there are literally thousands that have been isolated – with more being discovered constantly. Therefore, asking what makes a recently discovered antioxidant like astaxanthin so special is not an unfair question. The fact of the matter is that there are some antioxidants that have merited greater scientific interest than others. These include R(+)-lipoic acid and full-spectrum Vitamin E, among others. Not only have these antioxidants served us well (and will continue to do so), they belong to an elite category distinguishing them from other antioxidants due to their unique properties, mechanisms of action, central importance and/or exceptional potency. So why does astaxanthin merit admittance into this exclusive category?

What Makes Astaxanthin So Special?

1. Structure
Astaxanthin has a unique molecular structure: its polar end groups have the distinct ability to attach themselves to both sides of the lipid bilayer that contains the cell membrane. From this entrenched position, astaxanthin inhibits the lipid peroxidation of the cell membrane (which is the ‘gatekeeper of the cell’ -controlling what comes in and out), by extension protecting the mitochondria and the rest of the cell from potentially damaging peroxidation.

2. Stability
Astaxanthin can also quench free radicals by adding them to its structure rather than sacrificing an atom or electron, meaning that unlike most antioxidants, astaxanthin is far less likely to become a mild free radical in its own right after quenching one. This also allows astaxanthin to be more biologically active, enabling it to trap and quench more free radicals – and of a greater variety – than most other antioxidants.

Research

Eye Fatigue
Astaxanthin’s fat-solubility and low molecular weight (less than 600 daltons) allows it to effectively cross the blood-brain barrier to alleviate oxidative stress in the eyes, brain and central nervous system. Particular focus has been paid to astaxanthin’s effect on ocular health, with several Japanese studies examining its ability to alleviate the symptoms of asthenopia (eye fatigue). This increasingly common condition is often caused by overexposure to visual display terminals (VDT’s), and the aforementioned human studies revealed that astaxanthin (at 5mg per day for one month) can alleviate asthenopia symptoms by 54%.

Scientists believe the mechanism of action for these benefits is based on the increased ciliary body accommodation, increased retinal blood flow, and anti-inflammatory properties associated with astaxanthin supplementation. A small study giving subjects 12 mg of astaxanthin for 4 weeks found that it increased blood flow velocity in the choroid, whose blood vessels feed the macula. The ciliary body is composed primarily of an ocular muscle that stretches across the vitreous humour between the lens and the pupil. Accommodation refers to the ability of the ciliary body to manipulate the thickness of the lens in order to focus light on the retina. If the eye is required to focus on a fixed object for extended periods of time, muscle spasms and other signs of fatigue may occur. Factors such as the speed at which the ciliary body reacts to a change in visual focus are used to evaluate improvements (if any) in the accommodation response.

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Two studies conducted in 2005 determined that the speed of the ciliary body’s reactions in the astaxanthin group were approximately 46% faster than those in the placebo group. This means that those taking astaxanthin were able to spot moving objects that much faster than those who were not. Furthermore, another placebo-controlled study determined that astaxanthin can increase retinal blood flow by approximately 11% (nourishing ciliary muscles) while yet another study (with laboratory rats) found that astaxanthin can reduce ciliary cell inflammation by nearly 80%.

Visual Function
Other studies have incorporated astaxanthin into a supplementation program including lutein, zeaxanthin and other vitamins and minerals. One 2-year study found that this supplement regime preserved visual acuity and contrast sensitivity in subjects with age-related macular degeneration.

Cardiovascular Health
Astaxanthin has also been studied for its efficacy in addressing the conditions imposed by type II diabetes. Studies have demonstrated that astaxanthin was capable of reducing blood glucose levels by nearly 40% in laboratory mice administered with an Intraperitoneal Glucose Tolerance Test (IPGTT), as well as preserving pancreatic beta-cells from oxidative damage and increasing insulin sensitivity. A later study, also among laboratory mice, revealed that astaxanthin can aid in the prevention of diabetic nephropathy as measured through the inhibition of urinary albumin loss and DNA damage – by 67% and 50% respectively.

Many animal studies have shown that astaxanthin can also help reduce high blood pressure, although this has yet to be shown in human studies. A recent study tested captopril (an ACE inhibitor to reduce blood pressure), pioglitazone (a hypoglycemic drug) and 3 doses of astaxanthin on rats. They found that while the drugs each exerted a single mechanism of action, moderate and high doses of astaxanthin improved insulin sensitivity, reduced elevated blood pressure and reduced stress markers.

The first human study has finally shown that 12 mg/day of astaxanthin for 3 months significantly reduced elevated triglycerides and increased HDL cholesterol and adiponectin, a protein involved in regulating blood sugar levels and fatty acid metabolism. High adiponectin levels are associated with lower body fat and may suppress metabolic syndrome conditions such as diabetes, atherosclerosis and obesity.

Gastrointestinal Health
Astaxanthin has also been studied for its effect on dyspepsia (digestive problems in the upper abdominal region). An Australian study in 1999 among ten patients with non-ulcerous dyspepsia resulted in astaxanthin supplementation (at 40 mg daily for 21 days) reducing gastric pain, heartburn and total clinical symptoms by 66%, 78%, and 52% respectively. A much larger randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study conducted among 131 patients in Lithuania, Denmark and Sweden produced similar results along a dose-dependent basis.

Skin Health
Astaxanthin’s anti-oxidant effects are also beneficial in skin treatments. Studies have shown that oral supplementation with astaxanthin reduces skin dryness and fine lines while improving moisture content and elasticity. One study showed that 6 mg of oral astaxanthin supplementation along with topical application for 8 weeks appeared to improve the condition of all 3 layer types of skin in both men and women. It even helped reduce the size of age spots.

Sports Nutrition
Finally, astaxanthin has been examined for its sports-nutrition applications, particularly with respect to endurance athletes. In 1998, a six-month randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial among healthy Swedish men found that supplementation with 4mg of astaxanthin daily increased the number of knee bends these men were able to perform by approximately 45%. A 2002 study among Japanese track athletes found that at a dose of 6 mg daily for 1 month, lactic acid buildup following a 1,200-metre run was reduced by nearly 29%.

A recent study on competitive cyclists who took 4 mg of astaxanthin for 4 weeks revealed that the test group was able to shave an average of 121 seconds off a 20km time trial while the placebo group only shaved off 19 seconds. The test group also had an increased power output of 20W while the placebo group only increased by 1.6W. These types of results make a large difference for competitive athletes. Another 90 day study on elite soccer players found that astaxanthin reduced oxidative stress from training and competition as indicated by increased sulphydril groups and lower basal and post-exercise aspartate aminotransferase and creatine kinase activity compared to the placebo group.

Cognitive Health
Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and amyloid-β are the new trends in research with our aging population. At least two human studies have already found that only 6 mg of astaxanthin helped reduce abnormal phospholipid hydroperoxide and amyloid-β accumulation in red blood cells, both of which have been linked to the development of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Market Trends

Antioxidants are and will no doubt continue to dominate health regimens concerned with improving overall health and slowing the aging process. One of the most potent and powerful antioxidants available is astaxanthin.

AOR Advantage

AOR’s astaxanthin is sourced from algae and is a particularly strong antioxidant. Because of its structure, it provides antioxidant protection, in a way that is unique to astaxanthin and to cell membranes, which is essential to prevent cellular damage. It has been shown that the antioxidant and biological activity of astaxanthin was greater than those of other potent antioxidants such as Vitamin E and beta-carotene.



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