We are exposed to different sources of free radicals every day, either from external sources such as chemical pollutants, irradiation, air pollutants or generated by our body as internal sources due to stress or diseases. Recently, numerous studies have proven that free radicals have been linked to diseases such as heart, arthritis and cancer.
The damage that caused by free radicals to our cell is called oxidation. An antioxidant is a substance that can stop free radicals from causing cellular damage. Our body naturally produces antioxidants to neutralize the free radicals, thereby rendering them harmless to other cells. Unfortunately, the antioxidants produced naturally by the body are not enough. Therefore, we have to constantly get the supply from external. We can get the antioxidants from our food, but most people don’t get enough antioxidants from naturally occurring sources. As such, health supplement has become another alternative to get the antioxidants.
Natural Astaxanthin-Mother Nature’s Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-Aging Agent
Astaxanthin is a natural carotenoid produced by microalgae and ingested by several different forms of marine life, including salmon, lobster, shrimp, and other red-hued organisms. AstaReal® astaxanthin is manufactured by Fuji Chemical Industry from Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae. Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant agent due to its unique molecular structure that makes it much stronger than other antioxidants such as vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. Most other antioxidants are depleted after they’ve neutralized free radicals, but astaxanthin remains intact and active. Therefore, astaxanthin is called pure antioxidant which can provide versatile antioxidant protection against different harmful effects of toxins, smoking, UV radiation, X-rays, alcohol and medications. Astaxanthin is also able to cross the blood-brain barrier, protecting our brain and nervous system from oxidative stress.
Our largest organ-skin is constantly exposed to free radicals produced by UV rays, pollution, stress and poor nutrition, causing skin problems such as wrinkle, fine lines and age spot. Astaxanthin can works as an internal sunscreen helps to protect our skin from UV damage, reducing the signs of aging. Besides this, Astaxanthin also can improve our skin elasticity, preventing skin moisture loss and inhibits collagen break down. Eventually, astaxanthin can help to reveal our skin’s natural beauty from the inside out.
Glutathione- The Master Antioxidant and Detoxification Agent
Glutathione is a nutrient-like molecule that is one of the most powerful protective substances in the human body found in all cells. It is a simple but essential molecule made up of 3 protein building blocks: cysteine, glycine and glutamate. Setria® glutathione is produced by Kyowa Hakko from a pure and natural source of reduced glutathione. Glutathione can be obtained from our diets or produced by the body. All cells can make glutathione, in which the liver produces the highest amounts because of its central role in detoxification.
Under some conditions, our body’s glutathione levels may be depleted, requiring additional supplementation to fight free radical damage. Factors that can reduce our body glutathione level include: imbalance diet, increased age, cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol intake, medications and health conditions.
Gluthathione is one of the most potent antioxidants. Gluthathione not only helps protect our bodies from oxidative stress as we are exposed to free radicals, it also helps recycle other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E. Therefore it is called “master antioxidant”.
Melanin is the pigment that produced by the activation of the enzyme tyrosinase to give our skin its color. Glutathione reduces melanin production by suppressing the activity of tyrosinase, whitening our skin. Glutathione also protects our skin collagen fibers from free radical damage, maintaining the elasticity of the skin.
It also plays crucial roles in our immune system by stimulating the natural killing ability of immune cells. In our body, gluthathione is made in the liver, the organ most responsible for detoxifying our body. Gluthathione is involved in liver detoxification process by eliminating toxins and ingested chemicals that the body has already absorbed and neutralizes toxins in our intestine before they are even absorbed.
Astaxanthin and glutathione should be taken by those constantly exposed to free radicals e.g. excessive sunlight, smoke, alcohol, toxic fumes and chemicals. Those who wish to improve body detoxification, to maintain a good immune system and with irregular skin tone may take astaxanthin and glutathione.