Daily supplementation using a natural pigment called Astaxanthin — the same coloring that gives flamingos their pink appearance — can reduce the accumulation of phospholipid hydroperoxides (PLOOH) which causes a damaging effect in the blood stream ultimately attacking the brain.
These PLOOH compounds accumulate in the red blood cells of people who suffer from dementia, and scientists now believe that Astaxanthin could help prevent dementia, including Alzheimer’s.
Astaxanthin exhibits exceptionally potent free-radical scavenging activity better known as an antioxidant, and protects your cells, organs and body tissues from oxidative damage. In this way it impacts many aspects of health, but one of the most exciting finds could be its impact on your brain. In fact it is hundreds of times more effective than vitamin E in squelching singlet oxygen free radicals. When combined with another Super-Antioxidant known as OPC-3 the removal of these free radical results are magnified!
People with Dementia tend to accumulate abnormal levels of PLOOH in their red blood cells. But new research published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that taking 6 mg to 12 mg of Astaxanthin daily for 12 weeks lowered blood levels of PLOOH by 40 and 50 percent, respectively.
Researchers concluded that the improved antioxidant status and decreased PLOOH levels in the red blood cells may contribute to the prevention of dementia.
Astaxanthin is a fat soluble nutrient and readily crosses your blood-brain barrier, and a past study found it may help prevent neurodegeneration associated with oxidative stress as well as make a potent natural brain food.