The subject of scientific research all around the globe, natural astaxanthin (ASX) has been featured in this month’s Nutrition Asia as a potential solution for improving muscle health among older adults.
Recent studies have that weak bones are not the only cause of falls in the elderly, and that it is a reduction in muscle mass that is also to blame. With this in mind, there is a growing focus on supplementation with antioxidants to help preserve muscle mass into old age.
Often referred to as “The King of Antioxidants”, natural ASX is considered to be Nature’s best defence against oxidative stress. Its unique molecular structure makes its antioxidant capacity 800 times stronger than coenzyme Q10, 3000 times stronger than resveratrol and 6000 times stronger than vitamin C. In addition, natural ASX can be described as a ‘pure antioxidant’ since it has no pro-oxidant activity even when subjected to enormous amounts of stress.
It is thought that the degradation of muscle is linked to an imbalance in cellular communication, resulting in muscles that are less able to grow and repair. By targeting the mitochondria, natural astaxanthin can help to protect the cells from oxidative stress and maintain their energy output.
This is an important development when it comes to preserving skeletal muscle and preventing age-related diseases such as sarcopenia.
One brand currently championing the health benefits of natural astaxanthin is HEBE Life®, who use the antioxidant in both their anti-aging formula Core ASX and cellular rejuvenation complex SE85.
Both products contain a highly concentrated natural ASX derived from the marine microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis. Committed to providing quality and efficacy on a pharmaceutical level, HEBE Life® use a spray-dried algal biomass with a concentration of 5% – the highest concentration of natural ASX available on the market.
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