A Simple Guide to… Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin… what a strange word! It’s super hard for me to say and half of the time I don’t even say it right or have to ask someone else how to say it. Astaxanthin comes from algae and it’s actually what gives salmon its color. Although the name is complicating, the benefits, however, are not. Supplementing your body with Astaxanthin can help your skin, eyes, brain, and cell energy.
Taking Astaxanthin as a daily supplement can improve your eyesight. It can also slow down or reverse eye degeneration. My family’s eye history is not that great. My mom has glasses, my dad has glasses, and my brother had to be flown to California to get a special surgery for Keratoconus. I found out I needed my eyes checked during softball. I went from being able to hit to not being able to hit at all. This was very frustrating especailly as a 12 year old. My parents decided to take me to the eye doctor and they said I definetly needed glasses. I probably couldn’t see well enough to hit the ball. I started wearing glasses at age 12 and my eyes kept getting worse, fast. I started wearing contacts at 14. My eyes continued to get worse as I got older. Thinking it would slow down, I was a little disappointed. As each eye exam came, I remained hopeful that I wouldn’t hear those dreaded words. But I did, leading to a stronger prescription once again. I started taking a product from Baush and Lomb called Ocuvite. This was a commercial off-the-shelf brand. The decreasing of my eyesight became slower but that wasn’t good enough for me. I was still hearing that I needed a stronger prescription. I wanted to stop the negative progress or possibly even improve my eyesight. About 2 years ago, I started going the more natural route with Astaxanthin, taking 4 mg a day. I have had 2 eye exams since then and guess what?? My eyesight has stayed the same! This daily supplement has helped me get to where I want… no more changes in my eyesight 🙂 It ‘s been rewarding going into an eye exam, not hearing those dreaded words and being able to order the same prescription. It’s even more rewarding that I took it upon myself to help my eyes just by taking a natural supplement. The kind I take is below, it’s from a brand that I really like called NOW.
Protects Your Brain
Astaxanthin is a very powerful antioxidant. We should all be supplementing with antioxidants because of all the chemicals we use now. These chemicals are in the air, soil, all around us. Another substantial benefit of this supplement is it protects your brain from aging too quickly. It protects your cells from oxidative stress and free radicals. It is impossible to avoid free radicals. Our environment is filled with them but we can use antioxidants to help combat and protect ourselves from them. I want my brain to last as long as possible, even when I’m older. When I retire, I want to be able to see the world and continue traveling. I don’t want to be one of those people who has nothing to do which causes the brain to age quickly. I want to do everything I can to keep my brain sharp and young. Astaxanthin can help with that by slowing down brain-aging. If taking astaxanthin is going to help with it in a more nautral way, I’m going to take it.
Your mitochondria is a very important working organelle in each and every one of your cells. It is the thing that produces energy in your cells. Each cell has a different amount of mitochondria in it depending on what the cell is used for. For example, muscle cells need more energy because your muscles are used more. Some cells don’t have mitochondria in them. There are cells all throughout your body so protecting the mitochondria is essential. Astaxanthin strengthens your mitochondria, your cell membranes, by locking out those free radicals I talked about above. When you improve your mitochondria, you improve your cell energy production and most functions of your body will follow and improve.
How to Take
Many people believe astaxanthin is only for eye health. This is not the case. It does so much more. It works on your whole body. Improves eye health, protects your brain from aging too quickly, and increases cell energy production creating a positive domino effect throughout your whole body, increasing your performance. 1 supplement, 4mg, 1x per day can positively have an effect on your whole body and the way it functions.
Book Idea For Personal Growth
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck.
This book is about the difference between fixed mindset and growth mindset. The fixed mindset leads to a desire to look smart leading to avoiding challenges, give up easily, or feel jealous of the success of others. Growth mindset leads to a desire to learn, therefore, being more open to challenges, constructive critism, and being inspired by others. The author has done extensive research on this topic and explains how different mindsets in different areas of your life can effect what you think about your own ability and talents. Do you believe your talents are fixed and there is no room or way you could learn a new talent? Or do you believe you have talents but you can also learn new things and be just as talented? Check this book out if you want to learn about the growth mindset and how it can change your attitude about your outlook on life. She also has a really neat resource on her website where you can take a quiz to learn more about your own mindset by answering some questions. Here’s the link to the quiz:http://blog.mindsetworks.com/what-s-my-mindset?view=quiz
Stay healthy and happy everyone! And remember to love yourself every day because YOU ARE WORTH IT!
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