Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant, raises good (hdl) cholesterol and lowers triglycerides according to a recent study conducted in Japan. Astaxanthin is the red/pink coloring in wild salmon (farmed salmon is colored with synthetic astaxanthin), shrimp, lobster, which they get from eating algae. Krill oil, which is one of the best bioavailable sources of omega-3 fatty acids, also has a high concentration of astaxanthin. .
Astaxanthin is also found in dark-colored fruits and vegetables: astaxanthin is the pigment that gives produce an orange, yellow or red color. Astaxanthin is considered a carotenoid, a class of antioxidants that includes lycopene, beta carotene and lutein.
In the Japanese study, 61 otherwise healthy individuals between the ages of 25 and 60 were given placebos or doses of astaxanthin doses of 6, 12 or 18 mg per day. The subjects were not obese but had fasting serum triglyceride levels between 120 and 200 mg/dl, but without hypertension or diabetes. The test lasted 12 weeks.
The results show that 12 to 18 mg doses per day significantly reduced triglyceride levels while 6 to 12 mg doses raised good cholesterol. This would stand to reason as antioxidants cool the inflammation, which is also the function of hdl or good cholesterol. As soon as the inflammation has cooled, the good cholesterol goes in and sweeps away the accumulated ldl cholesterol which bound itself to the inflammation to protect the body from the inflammation. As so clearly indicated, if HDL cholesterol goes up and sweeps away the problem, the arguments you hear so often from the proponents of statins become moot. Prescribe astaxanthin and or other powerful antioxidants and it solves the issue.
Multiple comparison tests showed that 12 and 18 mg/day doses significantly reduced triglyceride, and 6 and 12 mg doses significantly increased HDL-cholesterol. Serum adiponectin was increased by astaxanthin (12 and 18 mg/day), and changes of adiponectin correlated positively with HDL-cholesterol changes independent of age and BMI.
Clearly, huge benefits could be realized by taking astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant, which raises good cholesterol and lowers triglycerides. I personally take both krill oil and astaxanthin every day and buy my supplements (at reasonable prices) from A1supplements.com.*