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Astaxanthin (300mg ALA) Dr Mercola - 30 Caps

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Astaxanthin (300mg ALA) Dr Mercola - 30 Caps

Astaxanthin has only just begun to be recognised as the super-antioxidant that it really is. This reddish-colored pigment is produced by microalgae, and ingested by several different forms of marine life.

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Often called "the King of the Carotenoids," Astaxanthin is 10-100 times more powerful than other carotenoids like beta-carotene and lycopene. Most people interested in natural health has heard of antioxidants and their health benefits.* But just like many things the mainstream media and consumer marketers latch onto these days, antioxidants have become a buzz word for selling hype and added profits. That's not to say that many foods and supplements don't contain some antioxidant properties.  Plus, unlike several other antioxidants, astaxanthin does not become pro-oxidant in the body. This makes it one of the most potent and powerfully effective antioxidants that one can ingest. But there are bigger questions to be asked when it comes to antioxidants. For instance....

How powerful is the antioxidant in question?
If you consume foods with low antioxidant levels (antioxidant capacity is not always identified by marketers), you might need to eat massive amounts to have any effect on those pesky free radicals. On the other hand, if you consume foods and supplements with highly concentrated amounts of antioxidants, you won't need to consume as much and you have a better chance of protecting yourself from free radical damage.*  You should know…
How Two Different Types of Antioxidants Work Together to Neutralize Free Radicals*
Antioxidants are generally classified into two broad categories… water-soluble (hydrophilic) and lipid-soluble (hydrophobic). Your body needs both types of antioxidants because each one targets different types of cells and tissues for free radical scavenging…
  • Water-soluble antioxidants – These are present in aqueous fluids, such as blood and intracellular and extracellular fluids. They react with oxidants in the cell cytosol (fluid portion of cytoplasm) and the blood plasma. Examples of water-soluble antioxidants include… vitamin C, glutathione, and catechins.
  • Lipid-soluble antioxidants – These are localized to cellular membranes and lipoproteins. They protect cell membranes from lipid peroxidation.* Examples of lipid-soluble antioxidants include… vitamins E, A, and beta-carotene.
The bottom line… to fight and help neutralize pesky free radicals, you need both types of antioxidants from as many sources as possible.* When taken together, the efficacy of water- and lipid-soluble antioxidants is enhanced even more. For a water-soluble antioxidant, I strongly recommend Purple Defense with resveratrol. You can check out my site for more details on this extraordinary formula. And when it comes to lipid-soluble antioxidants, Dr Mercola believes he's identified…An Antioxidant Like No Other
Up until now, this super-nutrient has not received the attention and notoriety we believe it deserves.

What if you could…
  • Support your brain and nervous system protection from free radicals?*
  • Promote your joint and skeletal system health?*

And if you're an athlete, or even a weekend warrior, what if you could…

  • Help improve your strength and stamina?*
  • Improve your endurance?*
  • Enable faster recovery from exercise?*
  • Reduce joint and muscle soreness after a vigorous workout?*
Something you might be interested in, but sounds almost too good to be true?
There is a super-antioxidant nutrient that can help you do all this… and more.* And it's not just based on "hearsay." Studies have researched the solid benefits of this powerful lipid-soluble antioxidant.*

What Makes Pink Flamingos Pink?
Many people aren't aware that baby flamingos are born white. They only obtain their pink color once they eat food that is loaded with astaxanthin. Astaxanthin belongs to a class of naturally-occurring pigments called carotenoids.

So, what are carotenoids?
Carotenoids are the compounds in your food that provide…

  • Brilliant colors from…
  • Beautifully-green sea grasses to…
  • Stunning red beets to…
  • Spectacular yellow bell peppers… that possess...
  • Potent antioxidant properties

Even though there are more than 700 naturally-occurring carotenoids, most people are probably only familiar with a few and the most common one is beta-carotene.

Where Do Carotenoids Come From?
Many carotenoids may be easily obtained simply by eating a good diet rich in fresh organic produce. However, the carotenoid that possesses the super lipid-soluble antioxidant I'm referring to is challenging to come by.

In fact, there are only 2 known sources…

  • A very unique source of microalgae called Haematococcus pluvialis and…
  • Sea creatures (salmon and krill, for example) that consume the microalgae
To take advantage of this powerful antioxidant the way salmon do, you would need to find and consume the type of microalgae identified above (highly unlikely), or eat a healthy supply of salmon itself. The challenge with salmon is to get adequate amounts of the antioxidant, either expensive sockeye salmon needs to be consumed, or large amounts of other types of salmon (almost 2 pounds of Atlantic salmon). Additionally, even if it's wild salmon, there are always concerns with mercury and other heavy metal content. Theres is a much more practical solution for you to get adequate amounts of this super-antioxidant artillery… coming up.
How to Help Maintain Healthy Function of This Vital Bodily Process* 
There's a vital biological process that occurs inside your body every day. In many cases, this biological process, known better as your immune system function, is a very beneficial system that helps support your health. But, just like anything else, too much of a good thing is not always good. When immune system mediators triggered by this process occasionally get out of control, it could affect your overall health. Thus, it's important to help maintain your immune response at a healthy level.*

5 of the most effective things Dr Mercola recommends you do to help promote a healthy immune response 

  • Eat a healthy organic diet based on your Nutritional Type (NT)
  • Exercise regularly to help control your weight
  • Avoid vitamin D deficiency
  • Keep your stress levels in check
  • Avoid smoking
Dr Mercola adds "another thing you can do to help support your immune system… and that's to consume the carotenoid and super-antioxidant called astaxanthin."* In fact Dr Mercola is so convinced of this that he's been consuming astaxanthin every day since he first learned of it.* And here's how astaxanthin can help give your stamina a boost*…
Perfect for Athlete's
If you've taken my advice on using different types of exercise as key elements in an overall health and fitness plan, you know how you can occasionally have aches and soreness after a good workout. Well, as an athlete, or even a weekend warrior, astaxanthin can potentially…
  • Help increase strength and improve your overall stamina and endurance*
  • Enable quicker recovery after your workouts*
  • Reduce your joint and muscle soreness caused by vigorous exercise*
So, how does astaxanthin potentially enhance your endurance and recovery?*
One key area astaxanthin has a positive effect is on your mitochondria.* Mitochondria are little intracellular powerhouses within your body. They produce up to 95% of your body's energy. So, it should not be surprising mitochondria are found in your muscle tissue. That's where you have one of the greatest demands for intense bursts of energy. But there is a downside to this energy-producing activity… it can generate highly reactive free radicals. These free radicals can damage your cell membranes. The more strenuous the workout, the more free radicals you produce. The bottom line… you can end up with tired and sore muscles.

And that's where astaxanthin comes in.
As a powerful antioxidant, astaxanthin has been shown to effectively scavenge free radicals from muscle tissue and help reduce singlet oxygen (particular type of "bad" oxidation). This is how astaxanthin can potentially give your strength, stamina, and endurance a healthful boost.* So, how does astaxanthin stack up against other nutrients rich with antioxidants?

How Does This Astaxanthin Compare to Other Antioxidants?

ORAC Chart There are many properties that make this super-carotenoid unique. Astaxanthin compares astoundingly well to other nutrients and powerful lipid-soluble antioxidants when it comes to free radical scavenging and neutralizing singlet oxygen.* When it comes to free radical scavenging, astaxanthin can be as much as…
  • 65 times more powerful than vitamin C*
  • 54 times stronger than beta-carotene*
Plus, Astaxanthin has been shown to be more effective than other carotenoids and other nutrients at “singlet oxygen quenching” by being up to…
  • 800 times stronger than CoQ10*
  • 6000 times greater than vitamin C*
  • 550 times more powerful than green tea catechins*
  • 11 times stronger than beta-carotene*
Astaxanthin was even found to be as much as 2.75 stronger than lutein with regard to singlet oxygen quenching. Pretty amazing antioxidant… wouldn't you agree?* The above comparisons have been made against some incredible nutrients in their own right. Yet, astaxanthin blows them away when it comes down to effective free radical scavenging and singlet oxygen quenching.*

And here's even more on how astaxanthin is potentially so effective…
  • Able to cross the blood-brain barrier (beta-carotene and some others don't do this)*
  • Protects your brain and nervous system from oxidative stress*
Any questions why Dr Mercola is simply amazed by this super-antioxidant ?*.... To date,we've never seen anything like it.
So, all you have to do is run out to your local health store or vitamin shop to pick up this extraordinary nutrient. Correct?
Well, it's not that simple and there are some warnings and issues you should be aware of…
Warning: Make Sure You Get Pure Astaxanthin
Like all nutrients, you need to be on the lookout for synthetic varieties and, in my opinion, try to avoid them. Fortunately with astaxanthin, this is not as much an issue with supplements. How so? Well, that I'm aware of, synthetic astaxanthin is not used in any supplements for consumption by human beings. But with demand growing for astaxanthin, this may not be the case for much longer.

This is the good news…

The bad news is...... synthetic astaxanthin is still most commonly found in animal feeds. So, if you believe you're eating healthy by consuming salmon, but the salmon is not “wild” or “naturally colored,” there's a good chance you're consuming synthetic astaxanthin indirectly.

So, what's so bad about that?
The majority of synthetic astaxanthin is produced from highly-processed petrochemicals. That means you could be consuming some forms of synthetic chemicals if you eat farmed salmon. See, fish farmers need a way to color the salmon so they look fresh (attractive pinkish-orange-red colour). That's where synthetic astaxanthin fits the bill. Some aquaculture companies are considering using astaxanthin because it's healthier for the salmon and has superior pigmentation advantages. There's only one main barrier preventing most from doing this… it costs more.

So, when buying salmon, I recommend you make sure to find wild Pacific salmon because it contains astaxanthin that is…
  • 20 times stronger than synthetic astaxanthin
  • 400% higher in quantity than farmed salmon
  • Not synthetic

But even if you can afford (very expensive) and find genuine wild Pacific salmon, there still is a risk of high levels of mercury and other unwanted toxins. Plus, you'd have to eat several ounces every single day to get the same dose of astaxanthin that is present in the supplement I'll be introducing to you next…

How does Dr Mercola recommend we get pure Astaxanthin? 
Supplementation May Be One of Your Best Approaches. One of the best ways to get astaxanthin is through supplementation. Don't get me wrong, wild Pacific salmon is an excellent alternative. But as a reminder and due to the following, consuming wild Pacific salmon (particularly, sockeye) might not be completely practical because…

  • Wild Pacific salmon is expensive for most people
  • You'd have to eat approximately 3-4 ounces per day, every day, to get the approximate equivalent of 4mg of an astaxanthin supplement
  • Wild salmon may contain mercury and other risky heavy metals
You may already have recognized the name “astaxanthin,” because its mentioned in reference to krill oil, Ancient Purity's favorite source of animal-based omega-3 fatty acids. Even with Krill Oil having one of the highest concentrations of astaxanthin on the market today, new research shows you can benefit from even higher amounts. And that's why we recommend an astaxanthin supplement.*

The best Astaxanthin Formula
We've reviewed above some of the potential pitfalls with some of the sources of Astaxanthin. Here's a simple list of factors that I recommend you consider when finding a supplement…
  • Make sure the astaxanthin formula is created from marine microalgae and not some form of fungus, or some other less effective form.
  • Due to the fact astaxanthin is best absorbed when taken with a "fatty" meal (lipid-soluble), look for a formula that contains some sort of oil or fatty acid that will help maximize your absorption. Without this additional ingredient, your absorption could be less than optimal.
  • Don't just settle for what's necessarily on the label of the bottle. Dig deeper into finding out more info on how the manufacturer guarantees stability and efficacy of the formula.
  • Due to new research, most recommendations for daily dosages of astaxanthin can now range from 4-8mg. So, look for at least a 4mg minimum serving size so you won't have to take as many capsules.
As you know, krill oil does contain astaxanthin (my formula = 600 mcg per serving). But due to recent research, I recommend you consider a separate astaxanthin supplement to complement krill oil. And to make things easier on you, my team and I not only researched some of the best astaxanthin formulas out there, we had direct input with the chosen manufacturer in creating Astaxanthin with ALA.
Formula Report Card – Does It Meet the Grade?
So, how does the  Astaxanthin with ALA formula stack up against what is recommend you look for in a high-quality astaxanthin supplement?

What to Look ForMercola AstaxanthinOther Formulas
Created from marine microalgae?  Yes – Formula created using Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae.

Not all astaxanthin formulas use microalgae nutrients.


Contains some sort of oil or fatty acid to help maximize absorption?  Yes – For optimal absorption, this formula uses the omega-3 fatty acid    alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

Some astaxanthin formulas don't include any sort of oil or fatty acid to help maximize absorption. Very few include omega-3s.


Does the manufacturer guarantee stability and efficacy of the product?  Yes – Manufacturer's processes create a high-quality product with long-term stability (24 months) and efficacy. Plus, manufacturer uses “oil” instead of powder to enhance stability of the astaxanthin.

To date, I've not seen any other astaxanthin manufacturer that compares favorably to this one, when it comes to product stability and efficacy. Most astaxanthin manufacturers use astaxanthin powder (instead of “oil”) which may cause costly formulation stability challenges.


Manufacturer avoids chemical solvents and preservatives in their formulation process?      Yes – Formula is untouched by chemical solvents and is free from preservatives, impurities, and residues.

Not all astaxanthin formulas are free from synthetic chemical solvents and preservatives. These are unacceptable to me.


Serving size of at least 4mg?  Yes – Astaxanthin with ALAcomes in 4mg capsules.

Many astaxanthin formulas come in a 4mg serving size. But some don't, with some using 1mg capsules requiring you the inconvenience of taking more capsules.


You should see by now how the Astaxanthin with ALA formula does extraordinarily well against my recommended search guidelines. But there's even more about this amazing formula's ingredients. Let's break some of them down and take a closer look…

How Bonus Ingredients Take This Formula to Another Level
You may have noticed just by the name, Astaxanthin with ALA contains something unique enough to be put in the formula name… and that's ALA. Dr Mercola specifically chose alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) because it is an omega-3 fatty acid that can act as an excellent “carrier” for astaxanthin… to help you maximize absorption.* Plus, ALA is a plant-based omega-3. Why is this important? It's important because I feel so strongly about the benefits of krill oil with its powerful animal-based omega-3s, I wanted to find a plant-based omega-3 complement. After all, it's important to have both plant-based and animal-based omega-3s in your diet. So, by having omega-3s in the form of plant-based ALA, We believe it is an excellent complement to krill oil. Another ingredient in the Astaxanthin with ALA formula is perilla seed extract.

Perilla seed extract delivers bonus benefits by how it…
  • Provides additional oil to the formula to aid in astaxanthin absorption*
  • Is a potential added source of antioxidants*
  • Is an excellent source of fatty acids and healthy lipids*
When it comes to astaxanthin, like other supplements on my site, not only must the ingredients be superior, but the manufacturer must be able to deliver a high-quality, consistent, and stable formula. Otherwise, the supplement's true value is in question. With Astaxanthin with ALA, we're convinced it is a phenomenal solution in both formula and manufacturer stability innovation. I simply wouldn't have it any other way in order to offer you the best.

One of the Most Powerful Antioxidants Ever Discovered?
Here's a quick summary of key benefits Astaxanthin with ALA has to offer you*… with the backing of a manufacturer that is truly extraordinary, in my opinion.
Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA potentially…
  • Supports your brain and nervous system protection from free radicals*
  • Supports your joint and skeletal system health*
  • Helps improve your strength and stamina*
  • Improves your endurance and enables faster recovery from exercise*
  • Helps reduce your joint and muscle soreness following a workout*

Not only does it provide the amazing benefits of astaxanthin, but it also includes the incredible benefits of omega-3s in the form of ALA.*
This is a very unique combination Dr Mercola helped formulate. You now can benefit from plant-based omega-3s to complement the animal-based omega-3s you get from krill oil… plus, all the benefits from Astaxanthin.* Remember that as powerful and beneficial as Astaxanthin with ALA is,* it will only provide optimal benefits when used to complement a healthy lifestyle of eating wholesome, organic foods (preferably based on your Nutritional Type), exercising regularly, getting plenty of rest, and managing your emotional well-being.


  Per Serving   %NRV
Calories      5  
Calories from Fat      5  
Total Fat      0.5 g     <1%*
Astaxanthin (from Haematococcus pluvialis) Extract           4 mg        **
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) (from Perilla Seed Oil)      300 mg        **

NRV = Nutrient Reference Value
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
** =  %NRV not established.

Other Ingredients: Capsule (Tilapia Fish Gelatin), Rosemary Leaf Extract.



As a dietary supplement, take one (1) capsule daily with a meal. If planning a holiday in the sun or expecting more sun exposure in the summer, you can start taking Astaxanthin a week or sop before.

  • If you are nursing, pregnant, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult your doctor before taking this product.


  • Brand: Mercola
  • Form: Capsules
  • Quantity: 30/90
  • Dosage: 1 daily with meal.
  • Container:  Plastic tub 
  • Storage: Keep in a cool dry place, keep out of reach of children.
  • Estimated shelf life from purchase: 1 - 2 years.


Q: Why should I supplement with astaxanthin?
A: It is extremely challenging to get adequate levels of astaxanthin directly from foods, and especially from non-polluted foods. Therefore, supplementation is a more reliable means of obtaining a regular source of astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is also one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature.

Q: What is your source of Astaxanthin?
A: Astaxanthin comes from two sources found in nature – from microalgae called Haematococcus pluvialis and also from the sea creatures that eat it, such as salmon and krill. The astaxanthin in Astaxanthin with ALA comes from Haematococcus pluvial is.

Q: How much astaxanthin should I take?
A: Most recommendations for a daily dosage is between 4 and 8 mg. We recommend at least a 4 mg serving size.

Q: What is ALA and why do I need it?
A: ALA is a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. It is important to have both plant- and animal-based omega-3s in your diet. It's included it in the formula because it acts as a great "carrier" for astaxanthin and helps maximize absorption.

Q: Why do you include oil in your astaxanthin supplement?
A: Astaxanthin is a lipid-soluble supplement. The addition of oil helps increase absorption and bioavailability.


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