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Astaxanthin Improves Lipids, Help Normalize Blood Pressure and Sugar in Diabetics

Those with type 2 diabetes often have elevated lipid levels and poor glucose handling. Astaxanthin is the bright red-orange, fat-soluble carotenoid in salmon, lobster, and some algae, with much higher antioxidant activity than vitamin C.

In this study, 44 men and women with type 2 diabetes took 8 mg of astaxanthin per day, or a placebo. After eight weeks, while the placebo group had not changed, those taking astaxanthin had lower levels of abdominal fat, reduced triglycerides and LDL, the "bad" cholesterol. By the end of the study, blood pressure had also declined and glucose levels had decreased slightly for those taking astaxanthin.

Reference: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 2018, Vol. 27, No. 2, 341-6

Product Recommendations:

Astaxanthin 4 mg. is available from many suppliers.

Healthy Origins and NOW Vitamins also provide Astaxanthin in a vegan formula as well.

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