Astaxanthin: The Super Antioxidant that Makes Neptune Krill Oil the Disease-Fighting, Inflammation-Fighting, PMS-Relieving, Anti-Aging Wonder Supplement for Every Body1

Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring red pigment found in healthy wild salmon and in most crustaceans including lobster, shrimp, and the shrimp-like krill. Besides giving them color, it's essential to their proper growth and survival. And as one of a group of natural pigments known as carotenoids, it also exists in plants and microalgae. As you probably know, carotenoids such as Vitamin A (a beta-catotene precursor), as well as Vitamin C, E, lutein, lycopene, selenium, zinc and Co-Q10 are antioxidants. So is astaxanthin. And as found in Neptune Krill Oil (NKO™), it's the most powerful of them all.

What Are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and enzymes (proteins in the body). As the name implies, they fight the process of oxidation. Oxidation is easiest to envision when you picture a car that's been left out in the elements too long. Its paint turns powdery, eventually breaking down and disappearing. This exposes raw metal, which eventually rusts away.

In biology, oxidation is described as the loss of electrons from the atoms and molecules that form biological structures such as cells, cell membranes, tissues and artery walls. This loss is associated with damage to those structures that is caused by "oxidants" or "free radicals". Cells are the building blocks of life. If a free radical can penetrate a cell membrane and steal a part of the cell, the resulting damage can weaken or destroy the cell and open the door to disease. Free radical damage is believed to contribute significantly to all degenerative conditions associated with aging; and to some 60 ailments and diseases. From allergies and Alzheimer’s to cancer and cataracts; from heart disease and stroke to arthritis, diabetes and more, free radicals are said to play a significant role.

Antioxidants act as "free radical scavengers." They interact with free radicals in a way that neutralizes them, thus blocking the damaging process of oxidation. This means they can help protect against disease and chronic ailments, and slow the aging clock. But in doing so, antioxidants themselves become oxidized. So there's a constant need to replace them, and this can be done with foods and nutritional supplements. But scientists don't yet know the appropriate dosage or if you can overdose. They DO know that the body will regulate and balance the antioxidants that you get from food. So it's best to avoid synthetic antioxidants and use only those that are sourced from whole foods. Krill oil is a whole food supplement.

The Krill Form of Astaxanthin: Not Your Grandpa's Antioxidant

While astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant in its own right, Neptune Krill Oil (NKO™) takes that power to a higher level. As mentioned, astaxanthin is found in microalgae. It happens that krill eat only algae. Thus, the astaxanthin in krill, and only krill, is 100% esterified. What does that mean to you? Your body absorbs it ALL. It's already metabolized, so you get the full 100% antioxidant benefit. (If your body had to convert/metabolize it, you'd only be using 50% of it.) The krill is the only animal in nature that gives you this totally absorbable form of astaxanthin.

ORAC Antioxidant Value Chart Esterified astaxanthin, along with vitamins A and E and the novel flavenoid also found in krill oil, give it the incomparable antioxidant potency measured by Brunswick Laboratories' recognized ORAC test. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity. The ORAC analysis measures the capacity of antioxidants to neutralize free radicals. When Neptune Krill Oil was tested against other well known antioxidants, its ORAC value was found to be an astonishing 378, making its potentcy:

  • 302 times higher than Vitamins A and E
  • 47 times higher than lutein and omega-3 fish oil
  • 34 times higher than Co-Q10
  • 7.5 times higher than ordinary astaxanthin
  • 6.5 times higher than lycopene

Just Some of the Benefits

The esterified astaxanthin in NKO is able to cross the blood-brain barrier, meaning it may play a significant role in supporting brain health1. For example, emperical data show remarkable results with children and adults that have learning disorders such as dyslexia and attention deficit; and clinical studies are planned. In addition, astaxanthin supplements may play a role in skin care. Astaxanthin is also a hormone regulator, helping the body to make the right hormones at the right time and in the right place as shown in clinical study results of women with normal physical and mental symptoms of PMS. As a hormone regulator it also has implications for breast and prostate health1.

The benefits of krill oil don't end here. Esterified astaxanthin is only one of the unique health-promoting ingredients naturally occurring in krill. Unlike fish oil, its omega-3/6/9 essential acids are in phospholipid form. This and other factors make Neptune Krill Oil superior to fish oil for general health and a number of specific conditions. Most specifically, NKO is clinically proven superior to fish oil for significant relief from joint pain and inflammation and for bringing cholesterol into healthy balance1. Always look for the NKO trademark on any krill oil label.

1Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Precautions: If you are pregnant, nursing, allergic to fish or shellfish, have a blood coagulation condition, are taking anticoagulants such as warfarin, or are currently under a physician's care for a health condition, please consult a healthcare professional prior to use.

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