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"550 Times More Powerful than Vitamin E -
The Age-Defying Antioxidant You've Never Heard Of*"

It's on rare occasion I consider adding a supplement to my daily regimen... this is one of those times. Why? This super-carotenoid is not only more powerful than beta carotene and vitamins A, and E, it can help you reduce wrinkles, dry skin, and age spots... plus help protect your eyes and brain from oxidative stress.*

By now, I believe most everyone interested in natural health has heard of antioxidants and their health benefits.*

But just like many things the mainstream media and consumer marketers latch onto these days, antioxidants have become a buzz word for selling hype and added profits.

That’s not to say that many foods and supplements don’t contain some antioxidant properties.

But there are bigger questions to be asked when it comes to antioxidants.

For instance, how powerful is the antioxidant in question? If you consume foods with low antioxidant levels (antioxidant capacity is not always identified by marketers), you might need to eat massive amounts to have any effect on those pesky free radicals.

On the other hand, if you consume foods and supplements with highly concentrated amounts of natural antioxidants, you won’t need to consume as much and you have a better chance of protecting yourself from free radical damage.*

So, how do you know which sources have the most concentrated natural antioxidants?

First of all, I must reiterate how, in my opinion, eating a wholesome organic diet based on your Nutritional Type (NT) is key to optimal health. Once you have this under your belt, you can then consider supplementation to boost your vitality even more.*

Plus, you should know…

How Two Different Types of Antioxidants Work Together to Neutralize Free Radicals*

Antioxidants are generally classified into two broad categories…water soluble (hydrophilic) and lipid soluble (hydrophobic).

Your body needs both types of antioxidants because each one targets different types of cells and tissues for free radical scavenging…

  • Water soluble antioxidants – These are present in aqueous fluids, such as blood and intracellular and extracellular fluids. They react with oxidants in the cell cytosol (fluid portion of cytoplasm) and the blood plasma. Examples of water soluble antioxidants include… vitamin C, glutathione, and catechins.
  • Lipid soluble antioxidants – These are localized to cellular membranes and lipoproteins. They protect cell membranes from lipid peroxidation.* Examples of lipid-soluble antioxidants include… vitamins E, A, and beta carotene.

The bottom line… to fight and help neutralize pesky free radicals, you need both types of antioxidants from as many sources as possible.*  When taken together, the efficacy of water- and lipid-soluble antioxidants is enhanced even more.

For a phenomenal water soluble antioxidant, I strongly recommend Purple Defense with resveratrol. You can check out my site for more details on this extraordinary formula.

And when it comes to lipid soluble antioxidants, I believe I’ve identified a…

Natural Super-Antioxidant Like No Other

Astaxanthin increases your stamina*

Up until now, this natural super-nutrient has not received the attention and notoriety I believe it deserves.

What if you could…

  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dry skin, age spots, and freckles?*
  • Boost your brain and nervous system protection from free radicals?*
  • Help reduce the visible signs of aging?*
  • Promote your joint and skeletal system health?*
  • Potentially enhance your skin protection from sun-induced free radicals?*

And if you’re an athlete, or even a weekend warrior, what if you could…

  • Increase your strength and stamina?*
  • Improve your endurance?*
  • Enable faster recovery from exercise?*
  • Reduce joint and muscle soreness after a vigorous workout?*
  • Enhance your visual acuity and depth perception?*

Something you might be interested in, but sounds almost too good to be true?

There is a natural super-antioxidant nutrient that can help you do all this… and more.* And it’s not just based on ‘hear-say.’ Clinical trials have researched the solid benefits of this powerful lipid soluble antioxidant.*

What this Super-Nutrient Does for Salmon, It Could Do for YOU*

Most folks don’t have much of a clue why salmon have such distinctive coloring. There’s something very unique that gives them their unique reddish-pink color.

If you guessed it is an antioxidant… you are correct.

But it’s not just any antioxidant… and it’s not only responsible for salmon coloring, but also provides them with the endurance they need to swim for several days against the current to reach their spawning grounds.

What Makes Pink Flamingos Pink?

Many people aren’t aware that baby flamingos are born white. They only obtain their pink color once they eat food that is loaded with astaxanthin.

Astaxanthin belongs to a class of naturally occurring pigments called carotenoids.

So, what are carotenoids?

Carotenoids are the compounds in your food that provide…

  • Brilliant colors from…
  • Beautifully-green sea grasses to…
  • Stunning red beets to…
  • Spectacular yellow bell peppers… that possess...
  • Potent antioxidant properties crucial to your health*

Even though there are more than 700 naturally occurring carotenoids, most people are probably only familiar with a few and the most common one is beta-carotene..


Where Do Carotenoids Come From?

Salmon is a rich source of Astaxanthin

Many carotenoids may be easily obtained simply by eating a good diet rich in fresh organic produce. However, the carotenoid that possesses the super lipid soluble antioxidant I’m referring to is challenging to come by.

In fact, there are only 2 known sources…

  • A very unique source of microalgae called Haematoccous pluvialis and…
  • Sea creatures (salmon, and krill, for example) that consume the microalgae

To take advantage of this powerful antioxidant the way salmon do, you would need to find and consume the type of microalgae identified above (highly unlikely), or eat a healthy supply of salmon itself.

The challenge with salmon is to get adequate amounts of the antioxidant, either expensive sockeye salmon needs to be consumed, or large amounts of other types of salmon (almost 2 pounds of Atlantic salmon).

Additionally, even if it’s wild salmon, there are always concerns with mercury and other heavy metal content.

I have a much more practical solution for you to get adequate amounts of this super-antioxidant artillery… to help you benefit like salmon do*… coming up.

But first let’s explore more about what this super-antioxidant can do in…

Little 'Marvels' To Help Reduce the Signs of Aging*

I mentioned above how this super-antioxidant helps provide amazing anti-aging benefits.*

Well, just how does it do all that?

It all gets back to the relatively unknown carotenoid… now believed to be one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. As a source of antioxidants and vitamin A, carotenoids are critical to the photosynthesis process. Plus, as antioxidants, they protect plants and organisms from free radical damage caused by light and oxygen.

How does this apply to you?

Well, by consuming plants or organisms containing the carotenoid pigments, you can gain a similar protective benefit.*

One area this super-nutrient has shown potential is in helping reduce the signs of normal aging.*

As you probably already know, I strongly believe in using sun exposure to get your body to produce critical amounts of vitamin D. However, over exposure and burning is not a good thing… and can be risky to your health.

By adding antioxidants to your diet to help combat sun-induced free radicals in your skin, you can help to potentially avoid…

  • Premature skin aging*
  • Excessive wrinkling*
  • Skin Dryness*
  • Excessive number of age spots*
  • Proliferation of freckles*

Here’s another area where astaxanthin may provide potential benefits*…

How to Help Maintain Healthy Function of this Vital Bodily Process*

There’s a vital natural biological process that occurs inside your body every day.

In many cases, this natural biological process, known better as your immune system function, is a very beneficial to help improve your health.

But, just like anything else, too much of a good thing is not always good. When immune system mediators triggered by this process occasionally get out of control, it could affect your overall health.

Thus, it’s important to help maintain your immune response at a healthy level.*

Five of the most effective things I recommend you do to help promote a healthy immune response are…

  • Eat a healthy organic diet based on your Nutritional Type (NT)
  • Exercise regularly to help control your weight
  • Avoid vitamin D deficiency
  • Keep your stress levels in check
  • Avoid smoking

Plus, there is one more thing I believe you can do to help promote an optimal immune response… and that’s to consume the carotenoid and super-antioxidant called astaxanthin.*

I am so convinced of this that I have been consuming astaxanthin every day since I first learned of its incredible benefits.*

And here’s how astaxanthin can help give your stamina a boost*…

An Athlete's Secret Weapon?*

If you’ve taken my advice on using different types of exercise as key elements in an overall health and fitness plan, you know how you can occasionally have aches and soreness after a good workout.

Astaxanthin helps imorove stamina and endurance*

Well, as an athlete, or even a weekend warrior, natural astaxanthin can potentially…

  • Help increase strength and improve your overall stamina and endurance*
  • Enable quicker recovery after your workouts*
  • Reduce your joint and muscle soreness caused by vigorous exercise*
  • Improve visual acuity and depth perception*
  • Help protect skin from overexposure due to sun-induced free radicals*

So, how does astaxanthin potentially enhance your endurance and recovery?*

One key area astaxanthin has a positive effect is on your mitochondria.*

Mitochondria are little intracellular powerhouses within your body. They produce up to 95% of your body’s energy.

So, it should not be surprising mitochondria are found in your muscle tissue.

That’s where you have one of the greatest demands for intense bursts of energy.

But there is a downside to this energy-producing activity… it can generate highly reactive free radicals.

These free radicals can damage your cell membranes and oxidize your DNA. The more strenuous the workout, the more free radicals you produce. The bottom line… you can end up with tired and sore muscles.

And that’s where astaxanthin comes in.

As a powerful antioxidant, astaxanthin has been shown to effectively scavenge free radicals from muscle tissue and help reduce singlet oxygen (particular type of ‘bad’ oxidation).

This is how astaxanthin can potentially give your strength, stamina, and endurance a healthful boost.*

So, how does astaxanthin stack up against other nutrients rich with antioxidants?...

How Does this Astaxanthin Compare to Other Antioxidants?

There are many properties that make this super-carotenoid unique.

Astaxanthin compares astoundingly well to other nutrients and powerful lipid soluble antioxidants when it comes to free radical scavenging and neutralizing singlet oxygen.*

When it comes to free radical scavenging, astaxanthin can be as much as…

  • 65 times more powerful than vitamin C*
  • 54 times stronger than beta-carotene*
  • 14 times more potent than vitamin E*

Plus, astaxanthin has been shown to be more effective than other carotenoids and other nutrients at ‘singlet oxygen quenching’ by being up to…

  • 550 times more powerful than vitamin E*
  • 800 times stronger than CoQ10*
  • 6000 times greater than vitamin C*
  • 550 times more powerful than green tea catechins*
  • 11 times stronger than beta-carotene*


Astaxanthin was even found to be as much as 2.75 stronger than lutein with regard to singlet oxygen quenching.

Pretty amazing antioxidant… wouldn’t you agree?*

The above comparisons have been made against some incredible nutrients in their own right. Yet, astaxanthin blows them away when it comes down to effective free radical scavenging and singlet oxygen quenching.*

And here’s even more on how astaxanthin is potentially so effective…

  • Able to cross the blood-brain barrier and the blood-retinal barrier (beta-carotene and some others don’t do this)…*
  • Protects your eyes, brain, and nervous system from oxidative stress*
  • Potentially reduces DNA damage caused by free radicals*

Any questions why I’m simply amazed at the healthful power of this super-antioxidant?* To date, I’ve never seen anything like it.

So, all you have to do is run out to your local health store or vitamin shop to pick up this extraordinary nutrient.


Well, it’s not that simple and there are some warnings and issues you should be aware of…

Warning: Make Sure You Get the REAL Deal

Pacific Salmon

Like all nutrients, you need to be on the lookout for synthetic varieties and, in my opinion, try to avoid them.

Fortunately with astaxanthin, this is not as much an issue with supplements. How so? Well, that I’m aware of, synthetic astaxanthin is not used in any supplements for consumption by human beings.

This is the good news…

The bad news is synthetic astaxanthin is still most commonly found in animal feeds. So, if you believe you’re eating healthy by consuming salmon, but the salmon is not ‘wild’ or ‘naturally colored,’ there’s a good chance you’re consuming synthetic astaxanthin indirectly.

So, what’s so bad about that?

Well, the majority of synthetic astaxanthin is produced from highly-processed petrochemicals. That means you could be consuming some forms of synthetic chemicals if you eat farmed salmon.

See, fish farmers need a way to color the salmon so they look fresh (attractive pinkish-orange-red color).

That’s where often times synthetic astaxanthin fits the bill. Some aquaculture companies are considering using natural astaxanthin because it’s healthier for the salmon and has superior pigmentation advantages. There’s only one main barrier preventing most from doing this… it costs more.

So, when buying salmon, I recommend you make sure to find wild Pacific salmon because it contains astaxanthin that is…

  • 20 times stronger than synthetic astaxanthin
  • 400% higher in quantity than farmed salmon
  • 100% natural in the salmon’s pigment, and not synthetic

But even if you can afford (very expensive) and find genuine wild Pacific salmon, there still is a risk of high levels of mercury and other unwanted toxins.

Plus, you’d have to eat several ounces every single day to get the dose of astaxanthin that is present in the natural supplement I’ll introduce to coming up...

So, what, in my opinion, is the best way to get natural astaxanthin?

Why Supplementation May Be One of Your Best Approaches

To me, one of the best ways to get natural astaxanthin is through supplementation. Don’t get me wrong, wild Pacific salmon is an excellent alternative.

But as a reminder and due to the following, consuming wild Pacific salmon (particularly, sockeye) might not be completely practical because…

  • Wild Pacific salmon is expensive for most people
  • You’d have to eat approximately 3-4 ounces per day, every day, to get the approximate equivalent of 4mg of a natural astaxanthin supplement
  • Wild salmon may contain mercury and other risky heavy metals

You may already have recognized the name ‘astaxanthin,’ because I’ve mentioned it before on my site in reference to krill oil, my favorite source of animal based omega-3 fatty acids.

Well, even with my krill oil having one of the highest concentrations of astaxanthin on the market today, new research shows you can benefit from even higher amounts.

And that’s why I recommend a natural astaxanthin supplement for those interested in the potential health benefits.*

So, with all this said, here’s my recommendations on…

What to Look for in a Natural Formula

I’ve already reviewed above some of the potential pitfalls with some of the sources of astaxanthin.

Here’s a simple list of factors that I recommend you consider when finding a natural supplement formula…

  • Make sure the astaxanthin formula is created from natural marine microalgae and not some form of fungus, or some other less effective form.
  • Due to the fact astaxanthin is best absorbed when taken with a ‘fatty’ meal (lipid soluble), look for a formula that contains some sort of natural oil or fatty acid that will help maximize your absorption. Without this additional ingredient, your absorption could be less than optimal.
  • Don’t just settle for what’s necessarily on the label of the bottle. Dig deeper into finding out more info on how the manufacturer guarantees stability and efficacy of the formula.
  • In addition, make sure the manufacturer can provide solid evidence they don’t use chemical solvents or preservatives in their formulation processes.
  • Due to new research, most recommendations for daily dosages of natural astaxanthin can now range from 4-8mg. So, look for at least a 4mg minimum serving size so you won’t have to take as many capsules.

As you know, krill oil does contain astaxanthin (my formula = 600 mcg per serving). But due to recent research, I recommend you consider a separate astaxanthin supplement to complement krill oil.

And to make things easier on you, my team and I not only researched some of the best astaxanthin formulas out there, we had direct input with the chosen manufacturer in creating Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA.

Formula Report Card – Does it Meet the Grade?

So, how does the Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA formula stack up against what I recommend you look for in a high-quality astaxanthin supplement?

What to Look For Mercola Astaxanthin Other Formulas
Created from 100% natural marine microalgae?
  • Yes – Formula created using Haematoccous pluvialis microalgae.
Not all astaxanthin formulas use microalgae nutrients.
Contains some sort of natural oil or fatty acid to help maximize absorption?
    • Yes – For optimal absorption, this formula uses the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
Some astaxanthin formulas don’t include any sort of natural oil or fatty acid to help maximize absorption. Very few include omega-3s for better absorption and added health benefits.*
Does the manufacturer guarantee stability and efficacy of the product?
    • Yes – Manufacturer’s trademarked DeepExtractä and O2Bä processes create a high-quality product with long-term stability (24 months) and efficacy. Plus, manufacturer uses ‘beadlets’ instead of powder to enhance stability of the astaxanthin.
To date, I’ve not seen any other astaxanthin manufacturer that compares favorably to this one, when it comes to product stability and efficacy. Most astaxanthin manufacturers use astaxanthin powder (instead of ‘beadlets’) which may cause costly formulation stability challenges.
Manufacturer avoids chemical solvents and preservatives in their formulation process?
    • Yes – Formula is untouched by chemical solvents and is free from preservatives, impurities, and residues.
Not all astaxanthin formulas are free from synthetic chemical solvents and preservatives. These are unacceptable to me.
Serving size of at least 4mg?
    • Yes – Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA comes in 4mg capsules.
Many astaxanthin formulas come in a 4mg serving size. But some don’t, with some using 1mg capsules requiring you the inconvenience of taking more capsules.

You should see by now how the Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA formula does extraordinarily well against my recommended search guidelines.

But there’s even more about this amazing formula’s ingredients. Let’s break some of them down and take a closer look…

How Bonus Ingredients Take This Formula to Another Level

Astaxanthin with ALA

You may have noticed just by the name, Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA contains something unique enough to be put in the formula name… and that’s ALA.

I specifically chose alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) because it is an omega-3 fatty acid that can act as an excellent ‘carrier’ for astaxanthin… to help you maximize absorption.*

Plus, ALA is a plant-based omega-3. Why is this important? It’s important because I feel so strongly about the benefits of krill oil with its powerful animal-based omega-3s, I wanted to find a plant-based omega-3 complement. After all, it’s important to have both plant-based and animal-based omega-3s in your diet.

So, by having omega-3s in the form of plant-based ALA, I believe it is an excellent complement to krill oil.

Another ingredient in the Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA formula is perilla seed extract.

Perilla seed extract delivers bonus benefits by how it…

  • Provides additional natural oil to the formula to aid in astaxanthin absorption*
  • Is a potential added source of natural antioxidants*
  • Is an excellent source of fatty acids and healthy lipids*

A Unique Quality and Stability Process

Since the chosen manufacturer has really taken high-quality stabilization technology to another level with this unique astaxanthin formula, it needs some emphasis here.

Natural products, like astaxanthin derived from microalgae, are subject to rapid oxidation and rancification if left unprotected.

Unfortunately, the way many astaxanthin producers address this is by using preservatives. The issue with most preservatives is they are unnatural synthetics.

The use of synthetic preservatives is totally unacceptable to me and is viewed negatively (and rightly so) by most consumers.

The manufacturer of Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA has solved the preservation problem in its brilliant creation of the O2Bä Peroxidation Blocker system. This application specific system…

  • Completely avoids the use of synthetic preservative chemicals – Uses 100% natural and non-GMO ingredients
  • Is designed to protect sensitive oils like the ones in astaxanthin
  • Combines highly effective botanical ingredients to prevent the destructive oxidative, photochemical, and rancification reactions
  • Enhances the shelf-life and viability of natural products like astaxanthin
  • Boosts antioxidant functionality in natural products

Now you know more why I selected this high-quality manufacturer to ensure the quality and stability of the Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA formula.

When it comes to astaxanthin, like other supplements on my site, not only must the ingredients be superior and all natural, but the manufacturer must be able to deliver a high-quality, consistent, and stable formula. Otherwise, the supplement’s true value is in question.

With Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA, I’m convinced it is a phenomenal solution in both formula and manufacturer stability innovation. I simply wouldn’t have it any other way in order to offer you the best.

One of The Most Powerful Antioxidants Ever Discovered?

Here’s a quick summary of key benefits Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA has to offer you*… with the backing of a manufacturer that is truly extraordinary, in my opinion.

Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA potentially …

  • Reduces the existence of wrinkles, dry skin, age spots, and freckles*
  • Helps protect skin from overexposure due to sun-induced free radicals*
  • Boosts your brain and nervous system protection from free radicals*
  • Helps reduce the visible signs of aging*
  • Supports your joint and skeletal system health*
  • Increases your strength and stamina*
  • Improves your endurance and enables faster recovery from exercise*
  • Helps reduce your joint and muscle soreness following a workout*
  • Enhances your visual acuity and depth perception*


I must admit, I’ve never seen a natural lipid soluble antioxidant as powerful as this… with free radical scavenging strength as much as 65 times greater than vitamin C and 54 times greater than beta-carotene… and even 14 times more powerful than vitamin E.

Sound like something you should consider taking to take advantage of all the amazing health benefits?* Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA is certainly at the top of my list as one supplement I know I’ll be taking.

If You Were Ever Considering an Antioxidant Supplement,
In My Opinion, This is the ONE

By now, you should be as excited as I am about Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA… not only does it provide the amazing benefits of astaxanthin, but it also includes the incredible benefits of omega-3s in the form of ALA.*

This is a very unique combination my team and I helped formulate. You now can benefit from plant-based omega-3s to complement the animal-based omega-3s you get from krill oil… plus, all the astounding benefits from astaxanthin.*

I do need to remind you that as powerful and beneficial as Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA is*, it will only provide optimal benefits when used to complement a healthy lifestyle of eating wholesome, organic foods (preferably based on your NT), exercising regularly, getting plenty of rest, and managing your stress.

In addition to all the great healthy benefits from Mercola Astaxanthin with ALAit’s a pleasant surprise on how inexpensive this formula is.

A 30-day supply only costs $19.97, (when one 4mg capsule is taken once a day). That’s only $0.67 per day. When you consider all the tremendous benefits and this very unique formula of astaxanthin with omega-3s (ALA), this supplement is an incredible bargain.*

So, order Mercola Astaxanthin with ALA today to take advantage of one of the most powerful antioxidants I’ve found to date.


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