Recently I had someone ask me if I took vitamins and what I thought about it.
I had to stop and think for a minute, because I honestly believe that in an ideal world we should NOT have to take vitamins. We should be able to get all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes our body needs for optimum health from the foods we eat.
In today’s fast paced world I believe it is next to impossible for many reasons. Fruits and vegetables do not contain near the nutrients they did 50 years ago due to over farming the land. Processed food of just about every kind is lacking in nutrients. And the sheer fact that most of America is too busy trying to make a living to devote the time and effort it takes to eat the wide variety of foods on a daily basis needed to get optimum nutrition.
So yes I believe in superfoods and supplements.
Recently I read a book by William Sears, M.D. on a powerful super nutrient that you may not know much about.
Dr. Sears feels like an old friend. I have been reading his books for years. He has written extensively on parenting, nutrition, and health.
His latest book Astaxanthin, Seafood’s Ultimate Supernutrient inspired me to add Astaxanthin to my supplement regimen.
Astaxanthin is a powerful anti aging super nutrient that can reduce wrinkles, freckles, age spots and so much more.
Enjoy this post from Dr. William Sears at AskDrSears.com
How Astaxanthin Benefits Your Health
One of nature’s most powerful healers that can improve the health of your skin, muscles, ligaments, tendons, eyes, cardiovascular system, internal organs and immune system can be found in many common items at your local grocery store. Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring carotenoid pigment that is proven to possess amazing healing qualities. It is one of the most powerful antioxidants in nature. There are so many astaxanthin benefits that it is known as the “king of the carotenoids.”
Get Some Seafood
Astaxanthin is produced by certain marine plants and animals. Wild-caught Pacific sockeye salmon have the highest concentration of it. It is also found in krill, algae, red trout, shrimp, crab and lobster. You can get much better astaxanthin benefits from wild-caught marine animals as opposed to those raised on a farm. Wild-caught salmon have 400% higher levels of astaxanthin than farm-raised salmon. At your local grocery store you can find this powerful nutrient in common foods such as red trout, red seabream, lobster, shrimp, crawfish, crabs, salmon roe and sockeye salmon.
Heal Your Body
Astaxanthin benefits your body by healing it through fighting oxidation. Oxidation is the process that breaks down cells over time. Cell damage is tied to aging and many diseases such as cancer. Unlike some other types of antioxidants, astaxanthin never becomes a pro-oxidant in the body so it can never cause oxidation. It also reduces free radicals in the body which cause cell damage as well.
One of the greatest astaxanthin benefits is that almost your entire body is receptive to it. Its antioxidant properties help improve heart health, cellular health and the immune system. The anti-inflammatory properties of astaxanthin help keep your joints healthy. Your eyes benefit because it reduces the risk of nuclear cataracts. It helps improve skin moisture levels, elasticity and smoothness while reducing wrinkles, freckles and spots. Astaxanthin provides UV-light protection which benefits both the eyes and skin. As a final bonus, it helps you exercise by repairing your cells more quickly after you work out.
Add some astaxanthin to your diet and enjoy this delicious way to improve your health!