A product made from microalgae may help provide relief from sore muscles.
(Kailua-Kona, HI) August 14, 2002 — A natural product, produced from Hawaiian-grown microalgae for use as a nutritional supplement, seems to act as an anti-inflammatory agent. Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant derived from microalgae manufactured by Mera Pharmaceuticals, and formulated as the primary ingredient in the dietary supplement AstaFactor, shows signs of anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce muscle soreness.
In a nationwide survey conducted by Mera Pharmaceuticals, consumers using AstaFactor reported a reduction of symptoms from muscle soreness, osteoarthritis, back pain, asthma and even enlarged prostate.
Survey respondents ranged from 20 to 87 years of age with the largest group being 40 to 60 years old. Consumers responded to a list of 21 health questions, covering conditions ranging from asthma to menstrual cramps, to determine what effect, if any, AstaFactor had on each condition.
Of the 328 health problems that consumers reported 85 percent were improved while taking AstaFactor. Muscle soreness was the most common ailment reported (by 60 percent of the users). Eighty-eight percent of those with muscle soreness said their condition improved after daily use of the recommended dosage.
Astaxanthin is a fat-soluble carotenoid derived from the microscopic green algae, Haematococcus pluvialis. It is a nutrient with a unique molecular structure that gives it superior antioxidant capabilities as well as anti-inflammatory and immune-regulating properties.
In nature, astaxanthin is found as a red pigment in many aquatic animals including salmon, lobster, crab, shrimp and several bird species, such as flamingos. Until recently, eating large quantities of shellfish or salmon was the only way for humans to get their daily dose of astaxanthin.
Studies of antioxidants show that astaxanthin is up to 500 times more powerful in slowing damage to cell membranes than vitamin E, a dietary supplement often used to combat aging, and 10 times stronger than betacarotene, an antioxidant known to boost the immune system. Studies also show that astaxanthin, with its anti-inflammatory and immune- regulating properties, is safe and has no known side effects—even at four times the recommended dosage. In a similar way that rust attacks and damages bare metal, oxidative stress contributes to sore muscles, stiff joints, back pain and a decline in energy and endurance. AstaFactor brand astaxanthin is a strong weapon in the battle against free radicals, oxidative stress and the many diseases that are associated with them.
Independent researchers have investigated the potential of astaxanthin in in-vivo and in-vitro models of human disease and conclude that it may serve as a preventative or therapeutic treatment for disorders such as cardiovascular diseases, degenerative eye diseases, gastric disorders and cancer.
Because the molecular weight of astaxanthin is small enough to cross the blood-brain barrier, it may also be effective at battling certain neurodegenerative disorders. Ongoing clinical trials in academic centers throughout the world are attempting to further define the effects of astaxanthin on these disorders.
Consumers can find astaxanthin in Longs Drugs and other leading chain drug stores under the brand name AstaFactor. For more information, call (800) 480-6515 or visit www.astafactor.com.