Brain Cancer with Michelle Nay, RN, CDE

Brain Cancer with Michelle Nay, RN, CDE

Astaxanthin is one of the most successful carotenoids on the market since many studies in recent years have demonstrated its inhibitory role against oxidative stress and inflammation, dangerous processes at the basis of many chronic diseases. Moreover, astaxanthin exerts a strong protective effect on human brain; its unique chemical structure allows it to readily cross the blood-brain barrier. Thus, the brain is considered the most important target organ of astaxanthin.

A brain tumor is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in your brain. Many different types of brain tumors exist. Some brain tumors are noncancerous (benign), and some brain tumors are cancerous (malignant). Brain tumors can begin in your brain (primary brain tumors), or cancer can begin in other parts of your body and spread to your brain (secondary, or metastatic, brain tumors). How quickly a brain tumor grows can vary greatly. The growth rate as well as location of a brain tumor determines how it will affect the function of your nervous system.


  • The signs and symptoms of a brain tumor vary greatly and depend on the brain tumor's size, location, and rate of growth.
  • General signs and symptoms caused by brain tumors may include:
  • New onset or change in pattern of headaches
  • Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe
  • Unexplained nausea or vomiting
  • Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision, or loss of peripheral vision
  • Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Speech difficulties
  • Confusion in everyday matters
  • Personality or behavior changes
  • Seizures, especially in someone who does not have a history of seizures
  • Hearing problems

Please click to read the article: Antitumour Effects of Astaxanthin and Adonixanthin on Glioblastoma

Click to read Sam Shepherd's article on Astaxanthin and Cancer

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