For the first winter in years, I have (so far) not had a cold or flu. I’ve been surrounded by people coughing and sneezing, including my son and people at work in an enclosed office, and I’ve managed to avoid catching anything.
The other interesting thing I’ve noticed is my hands. Usually they get very dry and scaly in the cold winter air, and I have to apply a thick hand cream a few times a day or the skin feels really tight and uncomfortable.
This winter, the skin on my hands has stayed soft and moist, and some days I haven’t needed to use any hand cream at all.
I think I know why, and I’d like to share my secret with you, because I think this supplement is truly amazing. (I’m not one of those people that tries every supplement under the sun and thinks each new whiz-bang supplement is the be all and end all).
A friend gave me a bottle of astaxanthin about six months ago and told me it was supposed to be “the strongest antioxidant on the planet”. I laughed at first — everything claims to be the strongest, biggest, best antioxidant these days. But the stuff is not cheap, so I figured I’d give it a go. What did I have to lose?
Astaxanthin belongs to a class of naturally occurring pigments called carotenoids and the best source comes from natural marine microalgae. It’s what makes salmon and flamingos pink, but you have to eat wild Pacific salmon every day to get enough (most salmon on the market is farmed) and you wouldn’t want to eat a flamingo — they’re a bit tough.
So, within a month of taking this astaxanthin supplement every day, I started noticing the skin on my hands staying soft. Then I noticed that my eyes, which often get red and sore after long hours on the computer, weren’t getting as red and sore anymore. Then I noticed that I’d made it halfway through winter without a cold or flu.
Now I’m convinced it’s the astaxanthin, as it’s the only thing I’ve done differently. Don’t worry, I’m not selling astaxanthin or doing marketing for a company that sells astaxanthin. I’m just someone who started taking it and I’ve noticed such huge benefits that I wanted to tell Mukti’s audience about it.
US health researcher Dr Mercola absolutely raves about it, so click this link if you’re interested in learning more about this amazing antioxidant.
According to Dr Mercola, astaxanthin can:
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dry skin, age spots, and freckles
- Boost your brain and nervous system protection from free radicals
- Help reduce the visible signs of aging
- Promote your joint and skeletal system health
- Potentially enhance your skin protection from sun-induced free radicals
- Increase your strength and stamina
- Improve your endurance
- Enable faster recovery from exercise
- Reduce joint and muscle soreness after a vigorous workout
- Enhance your visual acuity and depth perception
If you’re interested in trying astaxanthin, talk to your local health food store about it or do some online research. It’s important to buy a reputable brand that produces it in the right way, in order to reap the benefits.
Has anyone else discovered astaxanthin yet? Share your experiences in the comments section below.