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Astaxanthin is a fat-soluble carotenoid that naturally occurs in the highest concentrations in krill oil and a species of algae called Haematococcus pluvialis. Traces can also be found in salmon. Astaxanthin is a reddish pigment that is also used as a food colorant. The most important properties of astaxanthin include a very strong antioxidant effect that is ten to hundred times stronger than the corresponding effects of other widely used antioxidants such as vitamin A and vitamin E. In addition to these antioxidant effects, astaxanthin possesses performance and recovery enhancing effects and a great number of health-promoting effects.
Unlike many other astaxanthin products available on the market, which use a dosage at the lower end of the clinically used dosage range, GN Astaxanthin contains a full clinical dose of 10 mg astaxanthin to make sure that you are getting all the benefits of this amazing substance.
Scientific studies have shown that Astaxanthin can significantly increase athletic performance and recovery. A test conducted with professional cyclists showed a significant increase in power release and a time improvement of more than 2 minutes during a 20 kilometre race – an improvement that can be described as sensational for trained professional athletes (4).
Particularly interesting for strength athletes and bodybuilders is a study that showed a significant increase in strength endurance while executing squats. During this study, subjects supplementing with astaxanthin achieved a three times greater increase in maximum repetitions that were possible with a given weight compared to members of the placebo group (5). More reps equate to an increased time under tension and greater gains of muscle mass.
In addition to its performance-enhancing effects, astaxanthin can also promote and accelerate your post-workout recovery by reducing muscle damage during exercise (7).
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