Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Astaxanthin: Antioxidant

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid antioxidant that improves immune function, aids cardiovascular health, and protects the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration.

Research also shows that it can increase endurance by up to 150%, thanks to its fat burning abilities.

The recommended dosage is 4-6mg with meals once or twice per day, with one dose taken pre-workout.

It has been combined with saw palmetto berry lipid extract (SPLE) to formulate a testosterone booster. There was a study were 42 healthy males ages 37-70 took either 800 mg or 2,000 mg per day of a patented combination of astaxanthin and SPLE for 14 days. Both groups showed increases in testosterone, but only the 2,000 mg group also showed a decrease in estrogen levels.

HORMONE HELPERS. Antonio, Jose. Joe Weider's Muscle & Fitness, Aug2009, Vol. 70 Issue 8, p200-204

The activity of the enzyme aromatase is inhibited by administering an aromatase inhibiting amount of a composition comprising at least one of astaxanthin, black cohosh, echinacea, and phytosterols to a subject.

Deconstructing Alphastat

Below is from 2008 Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. reference by Ageless Male"The study did not use Ageless Male. Rather researchers were testing another supplement called Mytosterone (also called Alphastat) made by Triarco ( which is located in Wayne NJ. Triarco funded this study but the investigation notes that none of the authors had any financial connection to the outcomes of the research.
In this 2 week long investigation, 42 healthy men between the ages of 37 and 70 were divided 2 groups. "
  • Group 1 (21 men) were given 800 mg of the Mytosterone supplement
  • Group 2 (21 men) were given 200 milligrams of the Mytosterone supplement
At the end of the study, researchers noted that men who got both 800 mg and 2000 mg showed:
  • Significant elevations in testosterone and
  • Significant reductions in DHT

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