Free radicals are unstable, highly reactive molecules that have unpaired electrons. They can be generated naturally in our bodies by different metabolic activities, enzymatic reactions and exercise. These radicals are usually produced in a scale that the body’s natural antioxidants can handle.
In our day to day lives, we are exposed to free radicals produced by various other sources in the environment around us; for example – pollution, smoking, UV radiation from the sun and the consumption of alcohol. This constant exposure to such a toxic environment creates a significant imbalance between the body´s natural antioxidant capacity and its ability to neutralize free radicals. The result is a damaging condition called “oxidation stress”. One of the primary causes of human aging is oxidation stress caused by free radicals. They have harmful effects on lipids, proteins, DNA and can cause damage to the human body.
Put simply, antioxidants are molecules that work against the oxidation of the cells. They are stable enough to offer electrons to free radicals and thus help neutralize them. They provide protection against the damaging effects of free radicals.
According to the study Nishida et al., (2007), astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant known to science until this moment. Its power comes from its unique structure that allows it to quench free radicals in the inner and outer layer of the cell membrane unlike other antioxidants.
AstaGold astaxanthin is obtained by cultivating the naturally occurring microalgae, haematococcus pluvialis, in unique closed stainless steel bioreactors in Moses Lake, Washington and Gustavsberg, Sweden. These closed-bio systems control crucial parameters (heat-light-water) for growth and accumulation of astaxanthin. The closed-bio systems protect the microalgae from environmental contaminants and allow us to create the purest and most potent astaxanthin in the world.
AstaGold is a well substantiated antioxidant supported by full spectrum research including laboratory testing, pre-clinical research and human clinical study. For more details and referenced research please request a copy of the “Technical Bulletin 01 – Antioxidant”.