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Astaxanthin is a carotenoid and one of the most potent antioxidants, being 500 timesSports Performance Enhancers  Astaxanthin 1 Canadian Academy of Sports stronger than vitamin E and 6000 times stronger than vitamin C. Reddish color of salmon, crab, krill and lobster results from astaxanthin.

Athletic Benefits of Astaxanthin:


  1. Protects muscles from oxidative damage caused by exercise.
  2. May improve blood flow to the muscles by increasing production of NO (nitric oxide).
  3. Promotes fatty acid utilization versus glucose metabolism for ATP production.
  4. Supports muscle recovery from strenuous exercises.
  5. May improve athletic endurance.

Non – Athletic Benefits of Astaxanthin:


See “Astaxanthin” under the section of “Antioxidants”.




Athletes need higher doses of astaxanthin, 10 – 20 mg per day. It shows better results if combined with L – Carnitine and MCTs (Medium-Chain Triglycerides).



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