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Astaxanthin, Just What is It?

A few weeks ago a friend asked me if I knew anything about Astaxanthin.  I thought for a moment since it sounded familiar, but nothing really came to mind.  So I told my friend I would do some research.  I enjoy researching natural nutrients, I went to my sources and began reading.

What is Astaxanthin?
Commonly found in algae and phytoplankton, astaxanthin is an important carotenoid with superior antioxidant properties. Independent scientific studies have proven that astaxanthin exhibits strong free radical-scavenging activity and protects against oxidative damage of LDL-cholesterol.* And its unique properties are continuing to draw the interest of the science and medical communities.   Astaxanthin contains numerous antioxidant benefits, including protection against the oxidative damage of LDL cholesterol. It has also been associated with additional health benefits related to immune function and cardiovascular health.

Most interesting for me was the discovery was that I was taking Astaxanthin already and did not know it!  Turns out that since 2004, Astaxanthin has been one of the natural ingredients in Shaklee’s CarotoMax®.  CarotoMax® is a rare blend of alpha-carotene, astaxanthin, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and zeaxanthin delivering of a broad spectrum of carotenoids.  These are fat-soluble carotenoids that helps maintain overall wellness and long-term health of the eyes, heart, skin, lungs, prostate, and cervix while supporting a strong immune system.*

Although Astaxanthin is commonly derived from salmon, Shaklee harvests the carotenoid astaxanthin 

Shaklee's CarotoMax

Shaklee's CarotoMax

from marine microalgae, the purest and most potent source.  Shaklee harvests from Hawaii this important carotonoid.   The pigment in algae and phytoplankton that gives salmon its pink color.  Since most of us don’t eat salmon on a daily basis,  Shaklee’s CarotoMax® is a good source of Astaxanthin!

Paired with Shaklee’s FlavoMax™ gives you a powerful anti-oxidant duo.  FlavoMax™ is a comprehensive, high-powered antioxidant supplement* that guarantees delivery of six key classes of flavonoids: proanthocyanidins, anthocyanidins, flavan-3-ols, flavones, flavonols, and flavanones. Shaklee uses standardized extracts of each of these flavonoids to ensure potency and quality. Flavonoids are potent, water-soluble antioxidants that have been linked to healthy blood circulation, strong capillaries, and veins. Flavonoids also deliver antioxidant protection to blood and blood-rich tissues, such as the liver and the intestines.

So when you are thinking about trying Astaxanthin, take a look at Shaklee’s CarotoMax!  Stay Well!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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12 Comments

  1. Kathi Minsky says:

    Elise,
    This was GREAT information.
    I to take Caroto-max. You just added to my reasons why i won’t go a day without it.
    Thanks for doing the research and then sharing it
    kathi

  2. Susan says:

    Hi! What a great job on your blog! I think you should be the official blogger for Shaklee! :-) Wish I had your talent to keep my customers and distributors updated on the latest. I’m so impressed! And thanks for the info on Astaxanthin!

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