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Astaxanthin Combined With Omega 3 Fish Oil Makes For a Potent Antioxidant

Astaxanthin Combined With Omega 3 Fish Oil Makes For a Potent Antioxidant

Recently I was browsing through some literature and I came across a recent study that you may be interested in.  It was about combining Omega 3 fish oil with astaxanthin.

Although it is not showing anything new, it does help reaffirm the assertions that we made when we developed Xtend-Life Omega 3/DHA Premium and Omega 3/QH Ultra fish oil products.  Both of these contain not only astaxanthin but also Lycopene which complements the astaxanthin nicely.  I suspect it that study had also included lycopene into the mix it would have been even better.

This study which can be review by clicking here demonstrates the beneficial properties of reducing oxidative stress and boosting lymph node health by simply taking omega 3 fish oil and astaxanthin (a powerful natural antioxidant).

This isn't a groundbreaking study as many scientists already know that both omega 3 fish oil and astaxanthin are good for supporting cardiovascular health and skin health, reducing inflammation, boosting mental health, and helping prevent neurodegenerative diseases.

There are more published studies and other strong clinical data showing the many benefits of astaxanthin and fish oil on our site. If you have a few minutes, I encourage you to read through them as they really do make for interesting reading. You can read them now by clicking here.

As far as I know we (Xtend-Life) are the only manufacturer so far to combine astaxanthin and lycopene with Omega 3 fish oil.  Krill oil does contain astaxanthin but it is very small and they generally top them up with astaxanthin ironically from the same source that we use.  However, the amounts of astaxanthin present are no more than we have.  One drawback with krill oil however is that you get very low levels of the Omega 3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA.

Comments  (11)

  • Image for Dean Davis
    Dean Davis - Blog Contributor
    October 12, 2011

    Hi Abracadabra, thanks for your comments.

    Wikipedia is a helpful source for information but the credibility of its content can at times be questionable due to the nature of its posting/uploading policies. I've included a link below that provides more credible evidence of the health benefits associated with fish oil:

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/993.html

    At the bottom of the page, you will find reference links to over 250 clinical trials and studies for fish oil.

    With regards to the astaxanthin used in Xtend-Life's Omega 3 Premium and Omega 3/QH Ultra, the source is Haematococcus pluvialis - you can read more about it, its benefits and related studies by click on the links below:

    http://www.xtend-life.com/product/Omega_3_DHA_Fish_Oil_Premium/More_Info.aspx

    http://www.xtend-life.com/downloads/study-Asxtaxanthin_and_Human_Health.pdf

    I hope this helps answer your questions.

  • Michael Gray
    October 17, 2011

    I would take with a pinch of salt what Abracadabra is saying.

    Read the following link about what Wikipedia is really like.

    http://www.bolenreport.com/feature_articles/feature_article088.htm

    Michael

  • Murray
    October 17, 2011

    The Bolen report brings the controversy on Wiki articles being subject to "interference". This is particularly true of biographies. Often these are swung each way depending on whether it is autobiographical (hence glossing over personal weaknesses), or, in some cases maliciously amended by enemies. He does bring this into some focus but I find his writing a little hyperbolic.

    As Abracadabra may know (or may not?), rats are bred for experimental purposes just because so many of their reactions to "drugs" does replicate what would happen in humans. Human experimentation is hugely expensive and many nutritional products are so common and have been used effectively for many (some for 100s), of years that they are considered safe (Geneerally regarded As Safe ... GRAS). All trials are also strongly influenced by their design as well as (regrettably often), experimental bias. Group A wishes to interpret results one way, Group B would come to completely different conclusions - but from the same data set.

    Some years ago oily fish was promoted as supplying between 2.5 and 3.5 grams of the Omega 3 fatty acids, per meal ... say 150 grams of fish. Okay - halve this (small serving, say 80g) and the ingestion rate is about 1.5g to 2g - more or less the same amount as from 2 caps. Some people eat this much fish every day without apparent harm.

    So let us keep things in perspective. Rats ARE considered to be suitable for research and for extrapolation to humans; the recommended dose of Xtend Omega three is probably less than you'd get from a meal of salmon; Wikipedia - is an immensely useful tool, for subjects that are neutral but suspect for issues that are highly controversial (do more research yourselves) or biographical.

    Now Dean - I do agree with Abracadabra - using braodly iinclusive terms as "many scientists" without attribution to them is meally-mouthed and lessens otherwise valuable information. I feel it would be best to avoid such phrases.

    All right-thinking people would agree.    ;-)

  • Vicky
    October 17, 2011

    Haha--Murray, you said "many scientists" is "meally-mouthed"---what about "All right-thinking people would agree"?  It is the exact same thing---you can't prove that at all!  Lol!

  • Bill
    October 17, 2011

    As a consumer of Bee Pollen I buy from X-TEND, I also purchase Omega 3

    Fish Oil, and have for years from a source in the USA.  Since taking Omega 3
    Fish Oil, my eyesite has improved and my arthritis has disappeared.  My eye
    doctor swears by fish oil.  This is only personal evidence as it relates to me.
    This 75 yo stays in good health thanks to a good diet and these two products.


  • Anna
    October 17, 2011

    I just want to ask your opinion about  Calamarin Omega-3 oil.
    According to Stephan Sinatra M.D., integrative cardiologist statement,  fish oil helps with many areas of cardio health, plus it's great for your brain,  skin and more. He was using fish oil for 25 years in his formulations,  he was a HUGE fan of fish oil, : Omega Q Plus - his #1 supplement recommendation for heart health and vitality. Now he replaced fish oil with DHA-rich Calamarine /In some cases as much as 85% more!/. Plus, the worry about mercury, PCB and other toxins contaminating fish oil.
     

  • Image for Dean Davis
    Dean Davis - Blog Contributor
    October 17, 2011

    Hi Anna

    Re: Dr Sinatra and Calamarine oil (squid). In theory, squid is a very rich source of omega 3 fatty acids...but we have no idea about the quality / purity of his product, or the integrity of the source and/or the manufacturing process. His site gives no hard data.

  • Anna
    October 18, 2011

    Dr. Sinatra stated: Calamarine oil comes from select tiny calamari squid that are caught in pristine, deep ocean waters so they don't acquire the mercury, lead, and other environmental contaminants that large, long-lived fish can. The oil also goes through a 5-stage purification process to ensure superior quality and safety. He stated  that Calamarine omega-3 oil has abundantly more DHA omega-3s than ordinary fish oil...in some cases as much as 85% more! But according to label on his formulation , it has 350mg of DHA, Xtend-Life Omega3/QH ULTRA, what I am taking, contents 600mg of DHA. Help to understand this.
     Another question: He use CoQ10, which called Hydro Q-Sorb. Is there difference between Ubiquinol /Kaneka QH/ in Xtend-Life formulation and Hydro Q-Sorb? Many thanks.

  • Lori
    October 30, 2011

    One thing which impresses me is that this company does promote comparisons.  They also provide studies to which backs their claims. I know that any company can provide sources of studies to "prove" their claims.  However, the studies which have been provided are viable.  I appreciate that this particular company also includes this blog to which users and those of us whom have not yet use are able to access information. I have found it very difficult to find similar sites promoting such health benefits along with providing viable studies.  The information in the company's website, of which I vehemently purused, has led me to consider purchasing from them.  Bravo!

  • John
    November 07, 2012

    I'm a 46 y/o physician, been taking the fish oil/astaxanthin combination supplement for about a year now.  One person (me) is admittedly anecdotal and likelihood of observer bias is high, but I am convinced of two things:

    1.  Eyesight: I had some mild/early presbyopia.... was starting to need reading glasses, and now I do not.  My eyes do not get tired anymore with reading, staring at computer screens, etc.

    2.  I am very fair-skinned/sunburn prone and there is a noticeable difference in my sun tolerance now.  I am accustomed to using sunscreen to avoid redness with the slightest exposure.  Now I can be outside in the sun for a period of time without sunburn that is clearly longer than I have tolerated before.  (perhaps an "internal sunscreen" effect of astaxanthin?)

    Interested in knowing if anyone else has similar experience....




  • Image for Tracey Thomson
    Tracey Thomson - International Customer Relations Manager
    November 07, 2012

    Hi John

    Thank you for your contribution to our blog!

    That is wonderful news that you are feeling the benefits of the astaxanthin/fish oil combination!
    We are very proud of our Omega 3 Premium and Ultra fish oil and the benefits it provides.


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