Astaxanthin for Diabetes

What Is Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that is marked by chronic high blood sugar levels and the bodies inability to properly manage blood glucose. When you have diabetes, your body either no longer produces insulin or no longer responds to it. When cells no longer respond properly to insulin and blood sugar levels remain high, then there are dire consequences. People who have diabetes may then go on to develop a host of health problems such as heart disease, foot problems, eye degeneration, or go into a coma. Therefore, it is very important to manage diabetes properly.

There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. In type 1 diabetes, your body no longer produces insulin. This type of diabetes is not caused by a prolonged poor diet, rather it occurs at birth with the immune system attacking the cells produced by the pancreas. In type 2 diabetes, your body may not produce insulin, or it may not respond properly to insulin. Type 2 diabetes is generally caused by eating a diet high in sugar and processed carbohydrates, burning out the pancreas, sometimes resulting in obesity, high blood pressure, and other risk factors. The number of people with diabetes has quadrupled in the last 20 years. Over 4 million people in the UK have diabetes. The main causes are dietary factors and obesity.

How Astaxanthin Can Benefit Diabetes

Astaxanthins role as an anti-oxidant makes it effective in cancelling the free radicals, which are damaged cells, caused by obesity and lack of exercise, associated with diabetes. These free radicals are highly inflammatory, and this inflammation is what speeds up the onset of diabetes by altering insulin’s action and contributing to the disease. If inflammatory diabetes begins, then a viscous cycle can be set off. As the body becomes sensitive to insulin, the insulin resistance also leads to more inflammation. Blood sugar levels creep higher and higher, eventually resulting in type 2 diabetes.

By targeting the free radicals with a very strong natural anti-oxidant, this can reduce their impact and therefore reduce chronic inflammation. Astaxanthin can also improve the body’s ability to metabolise the sugar in the blood, helping to increase sensitively to insulin and keep blood sugar levels in a normal range. Studies have also shown that taking astaxanthin can assist weight loss and lower cholesterol, both of which benefit diabetes. Astaxanthin may also even be able to reduce the risks of developing a severe complication from diabetes, such as kidney disease.

There are 28 independent studies from 6 different countries, including China, USA, Taiwan, India & South Korea, which show how astaxanthin can have positive effects on diabetes

Is Astaxanthin Safe?

The safety of astaxanthin administered orally was assessed in a medical trial undertaken in healthy adults. Volunteers were administered astaxanthin or placebo for eight-weeks. The authors concluded that healthy adults could safely consume natural astaxanthin.

In another study, high concentrations of astaxanthin were tested with blood taken from volunteers, 8 of whom were taking aspirin and 12 who were not. Even medical grade concentrations of astaxanthin had no adverse effects.

No significant side effects have been reported so far in published human studies in which astaxanthin was administered to humans.

Are there any side effects?

  • Astaxanthin has been classified as a generally safe supplement in the USA.
  • Astaxanthin is 100% natural and has no serious side effects.
  • The only side effects we have observed are a slightly reddish stool and in rare cases some stomach pain.

Benefits of Astaxanthin

  • The worlds strongest natural ant-inflammatory
  • The worlds strongest natural anti-oxidant
  • 6000 x stronger than vitamin C
  • Used in the treatment of chronic ailments and disease
  • Used as an anti-ageing supplement
  • Used as a health & fitness supplement
  • Used to lower cholesterol
  • Used to lower blood sugar levels
  • Protects health at a cellular level

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