Brain Function and Astaxanthin

  • What is Astaxanthin?...Astaxanthin is produced only by the microalgae Haematoccous pluvialis when its water supply dries up, forcing it to protect itself from ultraviolet radiation. It's the algae's survival mechanism; astaxanthin serves as a "force field" to protect the algae from lack of nutrition and/or intense sunlight.
  • Researchers found that supplementing with astaxanthin-rich Haematococcus pluvialis (microalgae) extract lead to improvements in cognitive function in older individuals who complained of age-related forgetfulness.
  • Scientists now believe astaxanthin could help prevent dementia, including Alzheimer's, help prevent neurodegeneration associated with oxidative stress, as well as make a potent natural "brain food"
  • Astaxanthin offers protection of the brain cell membrane which is a phospholipid bilayer and exhibits some of the most potent antioxidant activity currently known; it positions itself across the entire cell membrane, attaching itself to both the exterior, interior, as well as the entire lipid layer, thereby offering global protection for each cell.
  • Due to the limited food sources of astaxanthin, it can be difficult to get enough from diet alone; recommended dosages are included, and range from 2-12 mg/day, depending on health status and targeted health condition.
  • There are other modalities of incorporaiting Astaxanthin in our diet. But first, it starts with careful assessment and testing for neurotransmitters imbalances such as dopamine, gaba, acethyl-Choline and serotonin as a first step. Dietary approaches, nutritional counseling and closely monitoring for improvements are part of the health module that we practice at SMI.

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