When free radicals get loose in our bodies from poor dietary and lifestyle choices, as well as from our bodies own cellular metabolism, they steal electrons from our cells and degrade them, causing them to age faster and die more quickly through a process called oxidation. If you have ever cut open an apple and left it on the counter, you will quickly see the apple begin to turn brown. This is the oxidation occurring which causes the apple to turn brown. When iron rusts it is undergoing oxidation. The same thing happens in your cells. We have some antioxidant stores in our bodies, but when we have chronic diseases or inflammatory conditions such as acne, those antioxidant stores get depleted very quickly and the oxidative damage continues unchecked.
The popular antioxidants are vitamin C, green tea, zinc, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium and more. Most of these antioxidants only work by acting on either the hydrophilic (water-loving/water-soluble) outer later of our cells or on the hydrophobic (water-hating/fat-soluble) inner layer of our cells. Free radicals can cause damage to both of these areas and astaxanthin has been shown to work on both the outer and the inner layer of our cells to combat oxidative stress and inflammation. Astaxanthin also creates bonds within the walls of our cells that hold them together resulting in greater integrity and elasticity. Compared to the other antioxidants, astaxanthin is 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CoQ10, 550 times stronger than green tea catechins and 75 times stronger than alpha lipoic acid. It’s also been shown to be extremely safe and effective in clinical trials. It blocks oxidative DNA damage, lowers C-reactive protein (an indicator of inflammation), raises HDL (good cholesterol), lowers triglycerides, increases visual acuity, improved reproductive performance in men and reflux symptoms in H. pylori patients, and shows great promise for sports recovery and enhancement. Taking an antioxidant supplement is something I highly recommend and astaxanthin seems to be the best antioxidant for acne.
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