What is AstaFactor®?
Astafactor® is a proprietary branded
astaxanthin product by Mera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The formulation include
astaxanthin with natural rice bran oil. AstaFactor®
is a natural dietary supplement with superior antioxidant capabilities as well
as immune-regulating properties.
What is astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is a a member of the
carotenoid family and is a fat-soluble nutrient with a unique molecular
structure that gives it not only superior antioxidant capabilities, but also
anti-inflammatory and immune-regulating properties. Because of its small
molecular weight, astaxanthin can cross the blood brain barrier to produce
beneficial effects in the central nervous system (i.e., brain, spinal cord and
eyes) and peripheral body systems.
What is the source of the
brand astaxanthin, derived from the microscopic green algae species called
Haematococcus pluvialis, is the most concentrated natural source of astaxanthin
in the world.
How does AstaFactor®
compare to other antioxidants?
Studies show that astaxanthin, the
active ingredient in Astafactor®,
has up to 500 times more antioxidant activity than vitamin E and 10 times more
than beta-carotene. Research also indicates that astaxanthin may be up to 10
times more effective that other carotenoids such as canthaxanthin, lutein,
lycopene and zeaxanthin.
What are the major health
benefits of AstaFactor®?
Provides significantly more
antioxidant activity than other carotenoids and antioxidants such as
beta-carotene and vitamin E.
Inhibits inflammation associated
with sore muscles and stiff joints.
Enhances immune system function by
modulating T cell-mediated immune responses (e.g. increases production of
antibody-secreting cells and Interleukin 2 and suppresses production of
Crosses the blood brain barrier
making it available to the central nervous system including the eyes and brain.
Protects cells from damage
associated with ultraviolet light, providing protection from sunburn.
Enhances the antioxidant actions of
vitamin E and vitamin C.
What is oxidative stress?
Oxidative stress comes from
environmental exposure to air pollution, ultraviolet light and tobacco smoke, as
well as from natural body functions such as food digestion and cell respiration.
Oxidative stress also occurs when we are sick, fighting an infection, have
muscle inflammation or when we are healing from an injury. This oxidative stress
is caused by free radicals and singlet oxygen, which can result in damage to the
body by interacting with normal cells to change their chemical structure.
How does oxidative stress relate
Fortunately, our bodies possess an
array of antioxidant defensives against oxidative stress. The antioxidants work
together to tackle and neutralize free radicals rendering them harmless and
allowing them to be easily eliminated from the body. When these antioxidants are
not able to sufficiently protect against oxidative stress, the body may
experience accelerated aging and various chronic diseases including cancer;
inflammatory and immune disorders such as asthma, Crohn's disease, gastritis,
peptic ulcers, muscle soreness, fibromyalgia and arthritis; cardio vascular
disease; visual disorders including cataracts and macular degeneration; and
neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's disease, stroke and
What is the importance of
crossing the blood brain barrier?
The blood brain barrier is a dense
network of capillary walls that are wrapped around the brain to prevent harmful
bacteria, viruses, fungi and other substances from entering the brain, while
allowing access to neurotransmitters and nutrients that nourish the brain.
Astaxanthin, which a molecular weight of 597 Daltons, readily crosses the blood
brain barrier to boost the antioxidant level of the central nervous system,
including the eye and brain.
How does oxidative stress affect
out joints and muscles?
In a similar way that rust attacks
and damages bare metal, oxidative stress can contribute to sore muscles and
stiff joints as well as to energy levels and endurance. For example, when we
exercise, the body increases its use of oxygen. One of the byproducts of oxygen
metabolism-free radicals-can do damage to muscle tissue which results in
soreness and fatigue.
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