Astaxanthin is a fat soluable carotenoid which is a powerful substance found in green plants. Carotenoids have the following characteristics:

1. Higher dietary consumption of carotenoids may help to protect against certain cancer associated with the lungs, skin, uterine, cervix and gastro- intestinal tract.

2. Higher dietary consumption of carotenoids may help to protect against macular degeneration, cataracts and other health conditions that are linked to the oxidative effects of free radicals.

3. A high intake of carotenoids from sources may protect against heart disease.

4.Certain carotenoids might protect against atherosclerosis. =

As you can see, carotenoids are a powerful health-giving phytonutrient antioxidant catagory. A growing body of evidence is showing that Astaxanthin may be the most powerful phytonutrient antioxidant yet discovered.

Studies showing Astaxanthin to other carotenoids have shown it to possess antioxidant activities up to 10 times stronger than the more commonly known ones (such as beta carotene and lutein). A study comparing the effectiveness of Vitamin E and Astaxanthin for the prevention of lipid peroxidation showed that Astaxanthin is 100 to 150 times more effective than Vitamin E!

The most common dose for Astaxanthin is 4mg and is found in softgel form. There are a number of Internet sources and more and more health food stores are carrying this outstanding element.