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What is astaxanthin and what are the benefits?

Astaxanthin: Simply put it is a food coloring - usually yellow. It does not help with vit a. Probably has no medical value. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 12mg astaxanthin along with 5000iu vit A daily?

Is it safe to take 12mg astaxanthin along with 5000iu vit A daily?

Yes: There is no known toxic dose of astaxanthin. There is also no toxic dose of beta carotene (which our bodies convert to Vit A as needed. It is wise to limit pre-formed Vit. A to 10,000 iu/day to avoid toxicity. It is perfectly safe to take 12 mg of astaxanthin with 5000 iu of Vit A. ...Read more

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Can astaxanthin lengthens lifespan?

Can astaxanthin lengthens lifespan?

Yes, for worms: Astaxanthin is a caroteneoid found in salmon ; other seafood that is a powerful antioxidant ; also has anti-inflammatory properties- see http://www.Huffingtonpost.Com/suzy-cohen-rph/astaxanthin_b_2750910.Html it can extend the lifespan of worms but it would take about a hundred years to find out if it can expand human lifespan; however, anything that reduces inflammation may help extend lifespan. ...Read more

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Is astaxanthin a good antioxidant to take?

Is astaxanthin a good antioxidant to take?

Doubt it: There are many people out there, selling a variety of "antioxidants". Such products are not fda approved medicines, so their effects and side effects are not well known when real-life people take them. It is safer to just eat a healthy diet containing natural fruits and natural vegetables, plus good proteins & healthier fats. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits to the supplement astaxanthin?

What are the health benefits to the supplement astaxanthin?

Need More Data: Astaxanthin is a reddish pigment that occurs naturally in certain algae and causes the pink or red color in salmon, trout, lobster, shrimp, and other seafood. While astaxanthin is an antioxidant advocated by some for treating alzheimer's disease, parkinson's disease, stroke, high cholesterol, and age-related macular degeneration (amd) insufficient data exists to support using this supplement. ...Read more

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Is astaxanthin helpful w/ dry macular degeneration?

Is astaxanthin helpful w/ dry macular degeneration?

Possible: This is an antioxident supplement, but once damage is done it probably wont help. On the other hand if you dont hve side effects it cannot hurt to try. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about taking astaxanthin lowered their blood pressure?

Can you tell me about taking astaxanthin lowered their blood pressure?

Astaxanthin: read this: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1063-astaxanthin.aspx?activeingredientid=1063&activeingredientname=astaxanthin It isn't even used for high BP although there isn't any good evidence for any particular use of this. There likely is even less for bp ...Read more

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I am prescribed astaxanthin during pregnancy, is it safe ?

I am prescribed astaxanthin during pregnancy, is it safe
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Unsure, but probably: Unfortunately as a non-rx supplement, it is not regulated by the fda, so safety is not studied. It is however a carotene (like found in foods) it is not converted to vitamin a (retinol) in the human body. Like other carotenoids, astaxanthin has self-limited absorption orally and such low toxicity by mouth that no toxic syndrome is known. ...Read more

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Femara (letrozole) is metabolized in liver by cytochrome p450 system. Astaxanthin says "use cautiously w drugs metabolized by liver's cytochrome p450 enzyme system; does this mean don't use astaxanthin w femara (letrozole)?

Femara (letrozole) is metabolized in liver by cytochrome p450 system. Astaxanthin says "use cautiously w drugs metabolized by liver's cytochrome p450 enzyme system; does this mean don't use astaxanthin w femara (letrozole)?

Not necesarilly but: Virtually all drugs are metabolized by cytochrome p450 enzymes.Astaxanthin can stimulate these, so it could lead to lower blood levels of "certain drugs" according to http://www.Naturalmedicinejournal.Com/article_content.Asp?Article=293. I no of no evidence that Femara (letrozole) is one of the drugs it interacts with. Small amounts of astaxanthin are unlikely to have much effect.Ask the doc who prescribed it. ...Read more

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Now krill oil is being touted as the better Omega-3 that is more pollution-free, besides having the antioxidant astaxanthin. Are all brands equal?

Now krill oil is being touted as the better Omega-3 that is more pollution-free, besides having the antioxidant astaxanthin. Are all brands equal?

Definitly not equal: studies on supplements demonstrate what happens when you have an industry taht is totally unregulated: you have no idea what you are getting and no idea of the storage requirements nor expiration date. The best we have is USP certified and that still lacks some imporatne telements like expiration date. ...Read more

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Hormone sensitive breast cancer 7 yrs ago; 3 small spots w breast cancer cells in lungs just showed; now using femara; should I stop using astaxanthin?

Hormone sensitive breast cancer 7 yrs ago; 3 small spots w breast cancer cells in lungs just showed; now using femara; should I stop using astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin: I will recommend stopping astaxanthin which is a carotenoid but also a potent antioxidant. How Femara (letrozole) or Letrozole interacts with this compound and because of the super radical and antioxidant effects it can potentially make Femara (letrozole) less effective is possible. There is no proven benefit of this in breast cancer. Hopefully this helps. ...Read more

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What's a good supplement to take?

What's a good supplement to take?

For what use?: One needs to know what the need and intended use is, before thinking about a "good supplement." then you also need to think about safety, along with other medications you might be on or conditions you may have. That said, the most widely used type of supplement is usually a good multivitamin. Even this needs individualization, though, as not everyone can -- or should -- take the same one. ...Read more

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What supplement helps nerve growth?

What supplement helps nerve growth?

Likely the B's: We have a medical food, metanx, which does seem to help diabetics with small fiber neuropathies, and increases fibre density after many months. Contains biologically active folate, (folic acid) b-6, and b-12. May not be needed in normal well nourished patients. ...Read more

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Herbs or supplement for good memory?

Herbs or supplement for good memory?

Exercise: The single most powerful, clinically proven means to improve memory is to be physically fit, reduce stress, eat healthy, and be intellectually stimulated. The pills do almost nothing. Stay natural and help your entire health, not just your memory. A study done at cooper health institute showed the physically fit had the lowest rates of alzheimer's. Get and stay fit at any age. ...Read more

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Good supplement to gain your apetite ?

Good supplement to gain your apetite ?

Protein: Protein improves apatite, spices also. Can use periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride)....Prescription med. The med Colchicine and Motrin are killing your apatite. ...Read more

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Is zevit a complete prenatal supplement?

Is zevit a complete prenatal supplement?

Yes: Yes this product has adequate ingredients for pregnancy. It's always best to try to get your nutrients from food, if possible, as the body much better absorbs vitamins and minerals from food as opposed to a supplement. Food for thought! ...Read more