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Research - Astaxanthin


pronounced “as-tuh-zan-thin.” 


The All-Natural Athletic Performance Enhancer - Strength. Stamina. Endurance

Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant found in the algae salmon consume, and believe it or not, it’s actually what’s responsible for their pinkish-reddish hue. More importantly, astaxanthin is what’s responsible for their extraordinary strength and endurance. 


Astaxanthin: A Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Too

Touted as the most powerful antioxidant in the world, astaxanthin has received considerable coverage in the press:

  • Decrease Lactic Acid Build-Up: A Japanese study indicated that athletes who daily consumed astaxanthin experienced up to a 29% decrease in lactic acid buildup (Sawaki, 2002).

  • Increase Strength: Another study, in Sweden, showed that a six-month regimen of astaxanthin aided in a 62% increase in the number of deep knee bends the test group was able to execute. During the same time, the placebo group increased only 22%. The astaxanthin group increased their strength, on average, 3 times faster than the placebo group (Malmsten, 1998).

  • Reduce Joint Pain, Inflammation, and Increase Strength: Astaxanthin has shown tremendous promise in joint pain and inflammation reduction in recent studies as well. In an eight-week study by the Health Research and Studies Center regarding a loss of grip strength due to tennis elbow, those taking astaxanthin showed a 93% INCREASE in grip strength.

  • Decrease Pain: The Journal of the American College of Nutrition reported that rheumatoid arthritis sufferers showed a 35% improvement in their reported pain levels and their ability to maintain their daily activities increased by 40% after only eight weeks of astaxanthin (Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 21(5):Oct, 2002).

  • Boost Recovery and Eliminate Soreness: The Human Performance Laboratories at the University of Memphis conducted a three-week study on healthy individuals who experienced knee joint pain after a strenuous weights workout. Predictably the group given a placebo experienced no relief from their knee pain symptoms. However, the group given astaxanthin indicated NO knee soreness post workout (Fry, A. (2001). “Astaxanthin Clinical Trial for Delayed Onset Muscular Soreness.” Human Performance Laboratories. The University of Memphis. Report 1, August 16, 2001.)


Studies concerning the remarkable abilities of this powerful antioxidant continue. Even if you are not an athlete, increasing your intake of natural astaxanthin will give you a daily increase of strength, stamina, and energy. Additionally, as one of the few antioxidants that can cross the blood brain barrier, astaxanthin delivers antioxidant protection to the brain, eyes, and central nervous system.



By now you are probably sold on increasing your intake of astaxanthin. 

Omega+ is the best natural source of astaxanthin. It’s all natural (not synthetic) and contains the precise amount necessary to experience the maximum benefits. PROGENEX spent a year researching and developing PROGENEX Omega+ sports nutritional supplement. Through our research, we have learned the most effective ingredient dosages to get maximum results. Simply stated, too much astaxanthin is less effective than the right amount. Our proprietary formula contains the precise amounts of ingredients for optimum results.

Less is More

When it comes to astaxanthin, the typical mentality that more is better is not necessarily so. In fact, a recent Korean study showed that 2 mg of astaxanthin works better than 8 mg in reducing inflammatory markers like C-Reactive protein. Also, plasma levels of astaxanthin did not have a difference after four weeks between the 2 mg and 8 mg dose (Park, 2010). So while you could take more (and many companies are more than happy to sell you more) it wouldn’t be any more effective nor raise your plasma levels.

However, as with every supplement, absorption is key. Astaxanthin is best absorbed and most effective when coupled with a phospholipid base such as krill oil. That is why PROGENEX Omega+  is such a killer product. Our combination of krill oil and natural axtaxanthin results in the most bioavailable, inflammation fighting, speed, power, and endurance enhancing Omega 3 product on the planet!

So if you are ready to experience decreased inflammation, joint pain, and lactic acid build-up–as well as boost recovery, eliminate soreness, and increase strength–try PROGENEX Omega+


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