Astaxanthin in the News – Combined with Spirulina

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.


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About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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One Response to Astaxanthin in the News – Combined with Spirulina

  1. Esovita says:

    Very good informations, like your blog!

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