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Powerful antioxidant may relieve symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis

Results of double blind placebo studies may signal hope for sufferers of joint pain and stiffness

Results of two clinical studies conducted at the Health Research Studies Center in Los Altos, California indicate that a powerful natural antioxidant derived from microalgae help sufferers of carpal tunnel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis go through their daily activities with less pain.

These results, unveiled by principle investigator Dr. Gene Spiller, are good news for the five million Americans suffering from carpel tunnel syndrome, particularly in light of a recent study out of Amsterdam that suggested surgery should be their first option for treatment. Spiller’s findings will be presented at the scientific meeting of the American College of Nutrition in San Antonio, TX.

The double blind, placebo-controlled studies tested the effects of BioAstin gelcaps, an over-the-counter dietary supplement, over an eight week period. The active ingredient in BioAstin – natural astaxanthin (pronounced “asta-zan-thin”) has been shown to be a potent antioxidant more than 500 time stronger than vitamin E, and 10 times stronger than beta carotene.

Carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers consuming BioAstin reported decreased wrist pain, while those with rheumatoid arthritis reported less daytime pain. “One of the most exciting results was that the carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers who used BioAstin experienced such improvement that they were able to take part in activities that they had once given up,” said Spiller. Participants in the rheumatoid arthritis clinical trial also showed statistically significant improvements in symptoms.

“These studies, combined with the results of another study showing positive effects from using BioAstin on knee soreness, add to the growing body of scientific evidence that BioAstin offers a viable natural alternative for persons who suffer from a variety of joint pains,” said Gerald R. Cysewski, PhD., president and CEO of Cyanotech (Nasdaq: CYAN).

Joint pain and joint inflammation can be caused by oxidative damage as the result of free radicals. Free radicals are generated from exposure to toxic pollutants or by the body itself as part of an immune response. The potent antioxidant properties of BioAstin may help neutralize these free radicals and minimize oxidative damage to joints. BioAstin is also used as an ingredient in Twin Lab’s Carpl-Care Supplement.

Media note: For more information or to set up an interview with Dr. Gene Spiller, please contact Media Relations, Inc. at 612-798-72XX, or visit

Biography – Gene Spiller, Ph.D., CNS, FACN

Gene Spiller founded the Health Research and Studies Center in 1988, and the Sphera Foundation (a non-profit foundation) in 1990. As head of both organizations, he has edited professional nutrition books, and executed many large and small nutrition clinical human studies focusing on GI function, cholesterol, antioxidants, homocysteine, calcium and bone density, nutrition and immunity, etc. resulting in many publications in refereed journals. Dr. Spiller has also written and published popular nutrition books, and developed educational videos for schools. He earned his masters and doctorate degrees in nutrition from the University of California, Berkely, and holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Milan, Italy. He is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), American College of Nutrition, and a Fellow, American College of Nutrition (FACN).

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