Astaxanthin – Best Anti-Aging Supplement for Eye Health

 Astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant ever discovered for eye health and prevention of blindness.

 Oxidation damage to our DNA and body tissue – is considered to be one of the primary reasons that we age.

I have extra reason to be mindful of the health of my eyes. My parents – in their early 80s – have both had cataract surgery and my mother has glaucoma in her family. My diet and supplement intake is very different from theirs, but I’ve worn glasses since I was five years old and one of my goals as I age is to improve my eyesight as well as reduce the risk of developing a ‘family’ disease.

Frankly, while I strongly believe that nutrition matters, I also believe it’s likely that unresolved emotional issues play a significant role in vision problems – things I do not want to see. I’ve recently added astaxanthin to several other powerful anti-aging supplements including vitamin D, selenium and Product B – which I’ve been taking for the past two years.

Astaxanthin is 550 times stronger than vitamin E, and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C. It acts on at least five different inflammation pathways, and can handle far more free radicals at any given time than other anti-oxidants. It is extracted from marine algae.

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, more powerful than lutein, which has been used for many years as a supplement to improve eye health. Astaxanthin easily crosses into the tissues of the eye and exerts its effects safely and with more potency than any of the other carotenoids. Astaxanthin never becomes a pro-oxidant, unlike other anti-oxidants that when present in high amounts actually cause oxidation.

 Astaxanthin supplementation has been found to provide powerful support in preventing or treating eye diseases including:

 

  • Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD)
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammatory eye diseases (i.e., retinitis, iritis, keratitis, scleritis, etc.)
  • Cystoid macular edema
  • Central retinal arterial and venous occlusion
  • Diabetic neuropathy 

 Astaxanthin can improve or prevent light-induced damage, photoreceptor cell damage, ganglion cell damage, and damage to the neurons of the inner retinal layers.

 Below are some of the other ways astaxanthin can positively impact your health:

  • Boost immune function
  • Improve cardiovascular health by reducing C-Reactive Proteins (CRP), reducing triglycerides, and increasing beneficial HDL
  • Protect your brain from dementia and Alzheimer’s
  • Reduce your risk for many types of cancer (including cancers of the breast, colon, bladder and mouth) by stimulating apoptosis (cancer cell death) and inhibiting lipid peroxidation
  • Improve recovery from spinal cord and other central nervous system injuries
  • Reduce inflammation from all causes, including arthritis and asthma
  • Improve endurance, workout performance and recovery
  • Help stabilize blood sugar, thereby protecting your kidneys
  • Improve appearance of skin – prevent age spots and wrinkles
  • Relieve indigestion and reflux
  • Improve fertility by increasing sperm strength and sperm count
  • Help prevent sunburn, and protect you from the damaging effects of radiation (i.e., flying in airplanes, x-rays, CT scans, etc.) Current research shows that, if you take 2 mg of astaxanthin daily for a month, it will be very difficult for you to get sunburned!
  • Reduce oxidative damage to your DNA
  • Reduce symptoms from pancreatitis, multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and Lou Gehrig’s disease, and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Protect from radiation damage when flying during the day. Radiation is reduced by 99 percent when flying at night so this is not an issue for night flights. However, it does have to be taken for three weeks to build up levels to provide this level of protection.

 

Astaxanthin Dosage: Start by taking 2 mg per day and work up to 4 mg. Take astaxanthin with a small amount of fat such as Vitamin D, omega 3 fish or krill oil, butter, coconut oil, or eggs to ensure optimal absorption.

There are several herbs and foods that are also helpful for the eyes including gingko biloba, bilberry and silymarin. Eating whole eggs – 4 to 6 daily has been shown to provide the body with the cholesterol it needs to produce a healthy brain, eyes, adrenal glands and steroids it needs to produce sex hormones – especially important during menopause.

Patience and perseverance are essential to correct or improve vision over time.

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