4/14/2017 ~ You know how you turn on a light bulb and there’s no denying how effective it is? Well there are two health related things in my life that are like that: You “turn on” to them, and they are as effective as light flooding a room. — I suppose now that I’ve said, “turn on”, there’s an expectation that one of the things will be grass, to put marijuana in the vernacular.
Possibly I should have said three health related things. In any case, the other two are vitamin B12 and astaxanthin (pronounced Asta-xan-thin). I trust you’ve read some of my pages on B12, so I’ll go straight to my experience with astaxanthin: Some years ago it was almost impossible for me to bend down to pick something up from the floor. In fact, it would have been impossible to pick something up from the floor except that I had a pair of tongs that reached where I no longer could. In addition to the freezing up of my mobility, there was a terrible grinding noise in some of my joints, particularly one of my hips, and pain. Now, because the noise is long since gone, I no longer remember which hip was loudest.
On health forums I read accounts by people who had pain and the grinding noise and in a few years had to have hip surgery. I’m on my own, so hip surgery sounded worrying on so many levels. Next, I went to a popular vitamin site and searched, “hip pain”. The result was several reviews of astaxanthin. That was the first time I heard of it. The most surprising reviews said that astaxanthin prevented sunburn as well as pain. “Oh right,” I thought, being totally skeptical.
However, the noise, stiffness and pain in and around my joints made me think that I should buy some and try it. At the time I was doing a webpage on pain because I had a lot of pain and was trying everything that promised relief, and I was keeping notes. Thus, I have my notes to this day which show that astaxanthin quickly began working.
3/9/2011 – Stress set me back. IRS claims I made nearly $500,000 in 2006, which is false and meant to put me under duress. I actually made about $8,000. But, New Mexico Tax and Rev bought into the lie, so now I get threatening calls and scam calls about help. Saturday night I didn’t sleep well, Sunday I had more pain, then I slept sitting up to reduce pressure on my hips, which tend to start hurting during the night. That made my back hurt. What a litany. In any case, the Astaxanthin I ordered to help me with the hip pain just arrived, and I’m making this note so that I can report on how much it helps… or doesn’t… with accuracy in terms of when I started using it.
3/22/2011 – The Astaxanthin has made the grinding noise from my hip less loud, but I’m still having difficulty walking despite buying a wonderful Rolling Walker. So, I’ve ordered Glucosamine- Chondroitin to see if that helps my hips and knees.
It worries me that I’ve used Ibuprofen since October, when I know that Ibuprofen is bad for the jaw bone and weakens it. I’m concerned that the Ibuprofen is also affecting my hips, since before now they never made a grinding noise when I got up.
4/2/2011 – Reporting on the Astaxanthin: I used it for three weeks. The Astaxanthin has decreased the grinding noise my left hip made when I got up, and, when I was taking less during the last couple days of the test period I had more pain in my legs.
And, per the claim Astaxanthin works as a sun screen, I haven’t gotten a sunburn even though I’ve been sitting in the sun most days. Most years I get a bit of a burn, despite being careful not to stay in the sun too long. I’m going to continue using the Astaxanthin.
I just found a beautiful video of an algae cell filling with astaxanthin.
The video is by Wayama M, Ota S, Matsuura H, Nango N, Hirata A, Kawano S [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license.
10/22/2016 ~ I recently had proof that Astaxanthin prevents sunburn. Although I’ve been sure for a couple years that the reason I haven’t gotten a sunburn, even in the spring when the sun lures me into its warmth for extended periods of time, my recent experience confirms the efficacy of Astaxanthin.
What happened is that I ordered a three pack of Hawaiian Astaxanthin from Amazon because there was a significant savings. When my order arrived, the Astaxanthin soft gels were clumped together at the bottom of the bottles, as if they’d gotten too hot, and fused.
I thought they might be okay, so I began using them. About three weeks later, I got a sunburn. Amazon kindly refunded my money and I sent what was left back and ordered a single bottle.
I’m guessing I need to use the good Astaxanthin for three weeks to build up the same resistance to sunburn that I previously had. I’m almost there, but not quite judging from this morning when I was enjoying the sun until it suddenly began to feel hot in the way it does when it first begins to burn.
Astaxanthin makes a difference
When my first order of Astaxanthin arrived I began taking it every morning. Then, after I learned that it’s best absorbed when taken with fats, since it’s fat soluble, I took it with a Flaxseed Oil softgel in the morning, and took another with my eggs scrambled in olive oil in the evening. I was combating extreme sleeplessness at the time. (I also began using Glucosamine Chondroitin with MSM. One 4 capsule dose in the morning, another in the evening.) Eggs, Tryptophan and Sleep ~ Read more.
In a week Astaxanthin made a difference. I’m hopeful that improvement will continue till I’m pain free and able to walk without my rolling walker.
Astaxanthin is known to reduce inflammation, to be a high powered antioxidant and to kill h.pylori, the bacteria that can affect your stomach lining making it almost impossible for you to absorb vitamin B12 and magnesium from food. As an aside, h.pylori is known to cause ulcers that may lead to cancer.
Astaxanthin provides natural sun protection which means you’ll be able to get natural vitamin D while you use Astaxanthin, which is far different from using sun screens. I haven’t had a sunburn since I began using Astaxanthin. Previously I always got sunburned when the weather invited me to stay out in the sunshine I’d missed all winter.
How is big Pharma using astaxanthin?
I find it very interesting to read pharmaceutical patents which appear to clearly recognize the potency of Astaxanthin:
- Retarding and ameliorating central nervous system damage
- Retarding and ameliorating eye damage
- Treatment of autoimmune diseases
- Treatment of dyspepsia (indigestion with heartburn or nausea)
- Improving production a nd quality of semen
- Method of prophylactic treatment of mastitis
- Oral treatment of h.pylori in stomach lining
- Improving muscle function
- Treatment of muscle disorders
- Retarding and preventing sunburn
- Retarding and preventing fever blisters and canker sores
- Retarding and ameliorating carpal tunnel syndrome
- Normalizing circadian rhythm
- As anti-hypertension agent
- Treatment of stress
- Inhibiting inflammation
Here’s a video of Dr. Oz interviewing Dr. Mercola about Astaxanthin.
Here’s Dr. Mercola’s page on Astaxanthin and how it helps prevent cataracts. Read page.
Here’s a video that has some excellent visuals on how Astaxanthin works. I like this video a lot despite the fact he doesn’t tell us how he made the egg: The Astaxanthin Egg Experiment.