By Bob McCauley, ND
Dr. Mercola appeared on Dr. Oz.’s television program about Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which I have written about before. Astaxanthin is derived from the micro-algae Haematococcus pluvialis
- Spirulina is one of two complete foods found on the market with protein, carbohydrates and fat in the correct ratio to one another for a whole food.
- Astaxanthin comes from Heamatacoccus green algae, which is produced in order to protect itself with astaxanthin where it gathers or “hyper-accumulates” on the algae and then can then be harvested. It is not easy to grow. By comparison, cultivating and producing Spirulina is child’s play.
- Astaxathin is a pigment – pigments are antioxidants. Blue, yellow, orange, purple, red – all pigments that have antioxidant properties – astaxanthin is red.
- Pink flamingos and salmon get their color from astaxanthin from consuming algae.
- Astaxanthin is an extremely powerful antioxidant, one of the most powerful in the plant kingdom. However, it is extremely unstable and oxidizes instantly.
- It is one of most effective anti-inflammatory nutrients known.
- Inflammation is a result of and, more precisely, the reaction to disease. It’s the body reacting to disease that is inflicting it due to the substances that do not belong in it. There are two types of inflammation – regular and silent.
- Astaxanthin is a nutriceutical that helps bring down inflammation so that the body is put into a position where it can heal itself.
- When you combine it with Spirulina, you have a complete food with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory qualities. Spirulina has GLA – great for arthritis. Great for working out.