In previous columns, I�ve discussed the importance of astaxanthin in the management of cardiovascular disease, inflammation and the immune system. Several new publications add to the current level of knowledge about this vibrant pigment that, in supplements, is typically extracted from an algae known as Haematococcus pluvialis.
The current batch of research indicates that astaxanthin improves: a) blood flow velocity (a measure of circulatory health) in a safe manner; b) exercise performance as indicated by �increased power output� in cyclists given either 4 mg/day of astaxanthin or a placebo; c) lipid profiles (lowers LDL cholesterol and apolipoprotein A1) and elevates total antioxidant capacity in overweight individuals; d) oxidative status in smokers by �suppressing lipid peroxidation and stimulating the activity of the antioxidant system� in this high risk population.
In terms of dosage requirements, a daily intake of at least 4 mg/day appears to be a good starting point. However, some of the trials listed below have utilized up to 20 mg/day without evidence of adverse reactions. All told, I think astaxanthin is one supplement to keep your eye on, particularly if you�re concerned about cardiovascular health.
Not too bad, Swanson has 4mg, 60 vcaps for $8.49. https://www.swansonvitamins.com/SWU693/ItemDetail I just paid $21.36 for some Country Life CoQ10 (100mg), 120 vcaps...still trying to be happy with "only 5" supplements, but doesn't look like that will happen, I'll end up in the poor house first.